Psaki promises ‘transparency’ and then refuses to provide views on major congressional actions

Psaki promises ‘transparency’ and then refuses to provide views on major congressional actions

For
the
second
time
in
two
days,
White
House
press
secretary
Jen
Psaki,
who
promised
“transparency”
in
the
briefing
room,
refused
to
reveal
President
Biden’s
position
on
critical
issues
facing
Congress.

In
her Thursday
White
House
briefing,
Psaki
repeatedly
dodged
questions
on

President
Biden’s
stance
on
the

Senate
filibuster,
which
Republicans
fear
Democrats
running
the
chamber may
move
to
eliminate.

The
new
press
secretary
wielded
a
similar
deflection
tactic
Wednesday
as
reporters
pressed
her
for
answers
about
Biden’s
opinion
on
whether
Biden
supported
an impeachment
trial
amid
his
calls
to
unify
the
country.  

Both
NBC
News’
Kristen
Welker
and
Politico’s
Anita
Kumar
Thursday
asked
Psaki
where
Biden
stood
on
the
filibuster,
the
60-vote
threshold
the
Senate
currently
needs
to
end
debate
on
most
bills. 

“I
don’t
think
I
heard
an
answer
about
whether
the
president
supports
keeping
the
filibuster,
where
he
sits
on
that.
Has
he
talked
to
Senator
Schumer
about
that?”
Kumar
asked. 

“The
president
has
been
clear
he
wants
to
work
with
members
of
both
parties
and
find
bipartisan
paths
forward,”
Psaki
said.
“I
don’t
have
any
more
conversations
to
read
out
for
you
at
this
point
in
time.”


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“That
doesn’t
specifically
answer
that
unless
I’m
not
understanding
you,”
the
reporter
pressed.

“I
don’t
think
I
have
more
to
add
to
my
answer,”
Psaki
said. 

Psaki,
in
her
debut
as
press
secretary Wednesday,
said Biden
had
asked
her to
bring
“transparency”
back
to
the
briefing
room. 

With
a
50-50
split
Senate
and
Vice
President
Kamala
Harris
holding
the tie-breaking
vote,
Sen.
Minority
Leader
Mitch
McConnell,
R-Ky.,
has
been
trying
to
take
nuking
the
filibuster
off
the
table
under
a
power-sharing
agreement
with
Democrats.
Majority
Leader
Chuck
Schumer,
D-N.Y.,
has
not
obliged. 

The
House
impeached
President
Trump
last
week,
for
the
second
time, on
charges
of
inciting
an
insurrection
after
the
Jan.
6
Capitol
riots.
Doocy
asked
Wednesday
if
the
president
thinks
the
impeachment
should
be
dropped
by
the
Senate
in
the
spirit
of
unity. 


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Psaki said
Biden
was
confident
the
Senate
could
“multitask,”
likely
meaning
pursuing
impeachment
and
Biden’s
legislative
agenda.
But
the
answer
diverted
the
subject
to
Senate
procedures
and
away
from
Biden’s
views
on
whether
a
trial
should
be
held
at
all. 

“Well,
he
spoke
today,
as
you
all
saw,
about
unity
in
his
inaugural
address
and
the
importance
of
unity
and
bringing
the
country
together
and
the
resolve
of
the
American
people
in
helping
to
get
through
this
moment,”
Psaki
said.
“You
know,
we
are
confident,
though,
that
just
like
the
American
people
can,
the
Senate
can
also
multitask
and
they
can
do
their
constitutional
duty
while
continuing
to
conduct
the
business
of
the
American
people.

“And
so
that
means
getting
this
Covid
relief
package
through,
having
Democrats
and
Republicans
take
a
serious
look
at
that
and
have
conversations
with
each
other
about
how
to
move
it
forward,”
she
said.

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As
for
impeachment,
Psaki
said
Biden
will
“leave
the
mechanics,
the
timing,
and
the
specifics”
to
Congress.

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