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Report: GOP AGs call on Biden to withdraw Vanita Gupta’s nomination

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Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita and four Republican attorney generals wrote a joint letter to President Joe Biden on Monday urging him to withdraw Vanita Gupta’s nomination to be the next associate attorney general, Breitbart reported.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter joined Rokita in writing the letter.

They argue that Gupta’s support of defunding law enforcement and additional “radical” views disqualify her from running.

Gupta has shown support for banning law enforcement from all schools and has said that we need a “new paradigm” entirely in addressing policing.

“This approach will not only further equity but also constitute effective policy,” Gupta said in June. “When we stop using criminal justice policy as social policy, we will make communities safer, and more prosperous.”

“Ms. Gupta’s past comments and track record have demonstrated her disinterest in meaningful police reform in favor of destructive policies that would defund the police,” the attorneys general wrote to Biden in a letter obtained by Breitbart. “Her nomination will further divide our nation instead of implementing policies to protect our communities and support law enforcement.”

“As you know, the roughly 18,000 local law enforcement agencies across the country are the tip of the spear when it comes to protecting our communities from criminals,” the letter continues. “2020 was a difficult year for many reasons, including a rise in violent crime in our cities. Many metropolitan areas ended 2020 with a record number of homicides. At this juncture, we need to support our police and provide them resources to help make our cities and neighborhoods safer. This is not the time for the Department to pull back policing and implement policies that would shift resources to other priorities and “decrease police budgets.””

“Should she be entrusted with making policies that will affect all local law enforcement and prosecutors, the result will be higher crime rates, more families torn apart by homicides and other violent crime, and neighborhoods where kids feel like they have no choice other than to take part in a life of crime.”

“It will not help the situation to make law enforcement officers’ jobs more difficult by forcing upon them a radical agenda with fewer policing resources,” they added.

“Endorsing such a radical nominee is no way to bring about unity,” Rokita and the attorneys general wrote.

“We ask that you withdraw Ms. Gupta’s nomination and instead nominate someone who will support our local law enforcement to help bring about safer and more prosperous communities,” Rokita and the attorneys general concluded in their letter to President Biden.

Last week, Judicial Crisis Network, Heritage Action for America and Americans for Public Trust partnered for more than $2 million to run advertisements targeting Gupta’s stance on law enforcement.

“In Vanita Gupta, President Biden has nominated a liberal activist who supports defunding the police and brings to the job her experience leading a left-wing dark money group. President Biden promised to unify and heal this country, but he couldn’t have picked a more divisive figure to help lead the DOJ,” Judicial Crisis Network President Carrie Severino said.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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CNN announces controversial presidential debate rules obviously intended to benefit Biden

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CNN announced its several presidential debate rules over the weekend sparking controversy. The rules will govern the upcoming debate between former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden on June 27. A

After Trump publicly stated he would debate the president “any time and any where” the Biden campaign agreed to a total of two debates that would be closely regulated. Not only did the administration demand a ban on audiences, it also approved CNN’s Jake Tapper and Dana Bash as its moderators. Breitbart reports Tapper is one of Trump’s sharpest critics.

CNN announced its own additional parameters on Saturday, which likely were done in partnership with the White House:

  • Two commercial breaks (Likely to benefit Biden)
  • Campaign staff will not be able to interact with their candidate during the break
  • No opening statements, two-minute closing statements
  • Two-minute answer shot clock, one minute for rebuttals
  • Mics will be muted “except for the candidate whose turn it is to speak” (Likely to benefit Biden)

CNN reported its rules:

The 90-minute debate will include two commercial breaks, according to the network, and campaign staff may not interact with their candidate during that time. Both candidates agreed to appear at a uniform podium, and their podium positions will be determined by a coin flip.

Microphones will be muted throughout the debate except for the candidate whose turn it is to speak. While no props or pre-written notes will be allowed on the stage, candidates will be given a pen, a pad of paper and a bottle of water.

Some aspects of the debate – including the absence of a studio audience – will be a departure from previous debates. But, as in the past, the moderators “will use all tools at their disposal to enforce timing and ensure a civilized discussion,” according to the network.

Breitbart reports that the President is planning to spend about a week preparing to debate Trump who has also requested Biden receive a drug test before the debates. The White House did not respond in May as to whether Biden intends to use performance-enhancing drugs in preparation for the presidential debates.

Ron Klain, Biden’s former chief of staff who is going on vacation to help Biden prepare for the debates, did not respond to Politico Playbook’s request for comment about “whether any illegal substances are used as part of Klain’s debate prep.”

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