House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters Thursday that she personally doesn’t think there should be debates between former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee for President and President Donald Trump ahead of the November election.
“Don’t tell anybody I told you this, especially don’t tell Joe Biden,” she remarked.
“I don’t think that there should be any debates. I do no think that the President of the United States has comported himself in a way that anybody that has any association with truth, evidence, data, and facts. I wouldn’t legitimize a conversation with him, nor a debate, in terms of the presidency of the United States,” Pelosi explained.
“Now I know that the Biden Campaign thinks in a different way about this, but I thought what he did in 2016 was disgraceful, stalking Hillary Clinton like that. I was disappointed that the press didn’t say ‘go back to your station, you don’t own this stage, you have your own podium, she has hers.'”
Pelosi added that she expects Trump to “act in a way that is beneath the dignity of the presidency. He does that every day,” adding “but I think he will also belittle what the debates are supposed to be about and they’re not to be about skullduggery on the part of somebody who has no respect for the office he holds much less the democratic process.”
Moreover, Pelosi said Trump’s behavior is consistent with his ‘undermining’ of the election process.
The Biden and Trump campaigns have agreed to hold three debates before November. They are scheduled to take place on Sept. 29, Oct. 15 and Oct. 22, The Washington Post first reported.
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Videotapes containing witness interviews conducted by the Democrat-led January 6 congressional committee have disappeared. The chairman of the House Administration oversight subcommittee, Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), expressed his apprehension on the “Just the News, No Noise” television show.
According to Loudermilk, all videotapes of depositions have vanished, raising questions about the preservation of crucial evidence. He argued that, under House rules, these tapes qualified as congressional evidence, especially since some clips were aired during hearings. Loudermilk contended that the tapes should have been preserved by the now-defunct Jan. 6 committee and its chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.).
Loudermilk’s revelation has broader implications, potentially impacting criminal trials in both state court in Georgia and federal court in Washington, where individuals, including former President Donald Trump, face charges related to the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021. Notably, Trump’s legal team had recently requested evidence from the Jan. 6 committee but was denied by a judge.
The situation takes a further twist as Loudermilk disclosed that the J6 committee had sent certain evidence, such as transcripts, to the Biden White House and the Homeland Security Department. Shockingly, these transcripts have now been returned to Loudermilk’s GOP-led subcommittee almost entirely redacted, preventing the disclosure of their contents.
The lack of records regarding witnesses, their statements, and the extensive redactions have raised concerns among House Republicans. Loudermilk emphasized that these documents belong to the House and should not have been sent in such a heavily redacted form. The chairman questioned the motives behind the redactions, asking why a Democrat-run House was allowed to have unredacted documents while a Republican committee’s efforts were obstructed. This development adds another layer of complexity to the ongoing investigations into the events surrounding January 6, 2021.
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