On a conference Zoom call with President-elect Joe Biden‘s transition team, the team disabled the “chat” function for reporters to ask questions, according to reporters who were on the call.
Reporters on the call had to use a “raise hand” function to register if they wanted to ask a question, Fox News reported.
After the call, where the transition team answered only five questions, The Daily Beast’s Sam Stein and other reporters expressed their frustrations and asked to make the sessions more frequent or longer, as a significant number of questions were ignored.
Stein tweeted that he had been “routinely complaining to them to take more questions.”
“Hey guys, there [are] tons of folks looking to ask questions and since this is being done once a week, could we PLEASE go longer or at least hold more frequent briefings,” Stein wrote during a Zoom call.
“Any chance you can take a few more questions? There are a lot of folks here with questions,” The Associated Press reporter Zeke Miller added.
“Is there a point in saying we want to ask questions if you only call on the same small group every week?” said White House reporter Andrew Feinberg.
Despite Biden’s campaign team saying “transparency is incredibly important” regarding their relationship with the press, there has been many reports of media suppression or censorship from the left.
After Facebook and Twitter prevented stories about the Hunter Biden probe from being shared on the platforms before the November election, President Donald Trump accused media outlets and social media companies of “conservative discrimination.”
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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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