May 22, 2024

Biden signs bill to terminate the national COVID emergency after THREE YEARS: President moves closer to ending the final pandemic restrictions by signing Republican-backed legislation

Biden signs bill to end national COVID emergency after THREE YEARS

President Biden signed a Republican-led measure on Monday that ended the national Covid-19 emergency after more than three years.

  • The legislation is a simple one-line measure saying that national emergency declared on March 13, 2020, ‘is hereby terminated’
  •  At the same time, the White House announced it is allocating $5 billion to create ‘next generation’ Covid-19 vaccines

President Biden signed a Republican-led measure on Monday that ended the national Covid-19 emergency after more than three years. 

The White House already had its own plans to wind down the emergency declaration on May 11, but the bill moved up that timeline by about a month. 

Despite having strong objections to the bill earlier in the year, Biden announced in March he would not veto the legislation. It passed the Senate 68 to 23.

The legislation is a simple one-line measure saying that national emergency declared on March 13, 2020, ‘is hereby terminated.’

At the same time Biden signed the bill, the White House announced it is allocating $5 billion to create ‘next generation’ Covid-19 vaccines.  The funding will be taken from money put aside by the Department of Health and Human Services for Covid tests and PPE. 

 Former President Trump first declared a national emergency that March to allow federal funding to be freed up for vaccines and testing centers. 

It’s the third bill the president has signed into law since Republicans took the majority in the House – behind a GOP-led bill rescinding Washington, D.C.’s criminal justice reform and one that ordered the intelligence community to declassify information on Covid-19 origins. 

The bill signed Monday was among the early bills the new House GOP put forward at the start of the year.

At the time, the administration warned the proposal would cause chaos. 

More than 197 Democrats in the House voted against it.

‘An abrupt end to the emergency declarations would create wide-ranging chaos and uncertainty throughout the health care system – for states, for hospitals and doctors´ offices, and, most importantly, for tens of millions of Americans,’ the administration said in a formal statement of administrative policy.

It was the second time House Democrats voted against a bill to get behind what they thought the president’s position was only for him to reverse course. House Democrats roundly voted against the D.C. crime bill, then Biden said he wouldn’t veto it – giving Senate Democrats cover to vote for the bill.

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Report: Joe Biden’s White House Involved in Raid on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Residence

Documents show the FBI obtained access to the records through a “special access request” from the Biden White House on behalf of the DOJ

Report: Biden’s White House Involved in Raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

President Joe Biden’s administration was involved in the raid of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence.

President Joe Biden’s administration was involved in the raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence through a “special access request,” according to documents obtained from the National Archives by America First Legal.

On August 8, 2022, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raided Mar-a-Lago on the grounds of retrieving alleged classified documents. According to the establishment media, Biden administration officials were “stunned” to hear of the unprecedented action. The Archives also claimed that it had “not been involved in the DOJ investigation.”

But documents show the FBI obtained access to the records through a “special access request” from the Biden White House on behalf of the DOJ, contradicting what the Archives told Congress, America First Legal revealed Monday:

Notably, despite the Archives’ claim that it had “not been involved in the DOJ investigation,” the documents show that the Archives’ official responsible for administering all access requests for Presidential records, John Laster, was involved in preparing the 15 boxes for FBI review as late as August 23, 2022:

On October 25, 2022, Acting Archivist Wall wrote to then-Ranking Members James Comer and Jim Jordan, claiming “NARA received the 15 boxes from President Trump on January 18, 2022, and then discovered that they contained classified national security information. Shortly after the discovery, NARA consulted with its Office of Inspector General (OIG), which operates independently of NARA. As DOJ has disclosed publicly in court filings, NARA’s OIG subsequently referred the matter to DOJ on February 9, 2022.”

If the OIG acted independently in making a referral to the FBI, then Mr. Laster would not have involved himself in the FBI’s review of the 15 boxes in his capacity as the Director of the White House Liaison Division “responsible for all access requests for Presidential records.” Similarly, the FBI affidavit before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida that provided the probable cause for the issuance of a search warrant against Mar-a-Lago on August 8, 2022, stated, “[on February 9, 2022] the Special Agent in Charge of NARA’s Office of the Inspector General sent the NARA Referral via email to DOJ.” However, the evidence is that the Biden White House and the Department of Justice coordinated to obtain the Trump records, and perhaps create a pretext for a law enforcement raid, by way of a “special access request.”

“The special access statute authorizes special access requests to an incumbent president only when the records in question are needed for ‘the conduct of current business’ of the White House,” America First Legal explained. “Providing documents to the DOJ for purposes of a criminal investigation is not the ‘current business’ of the White House.”

Reed D. Rubinstein, senior counselor and director of oversight and investigations, released a statement ripping the White House’s reported role in the FBI raid of Trump’s home.

“The evidence further suggests that Biden officials in the Executive Office of the President and the Department of Justice unlawfully abused their power and then lied about it to the American people,” he said. “This government, it seems, acknowledges no limits on its power to harass, intimidate, and silence its political opponents.”

America First Legal has vowed to keep investigating the developing scandal.

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Newly Obtained Documents Allegedly Show the White House and NARA Lied About the Mar-a-Lago Raid

Newly Obtained Documents Allegedly Show the White House and NARA Lied About the Mar-a-Lago Raid

America First Legal has obtained documents that purport to show that the White House and National Archives lied about the Mar-a-Lago raid. That’s reopened a discussion into what the actual pretext for the FBI action was and whether it was politically motivated to harm Donald Trump’s 2024 chances.

America First Legal has obtained documents that purport to show that the White House and National Archives lied about the Mar-a-Lago raid. That’s reopened a discussion into what the actual pretext for the FBI action was and whether it was politically motivated to harm Donald Trump’s 2024 chances.

The infamous raid, which occurred in August of 2022, became the centerpiece of a DOJ investigation into whether Trump illegally possessed classified documents at his Florida home and if he obstructed justice in refusing to return them prior to their seizure. The former president has long claimed that he declassified everything he took while the NARA has maintained that it has a legal right to the materials, which included personal mementos such as a letter from Kim Jung-Un.

At the time, the White House claimed to be blind-sided, having no idea about the raid nor the pretense that supposedly justified it. Yet, in the documents obtained by America First Legal, it is revealed that the White House made a “special access request” that appears to have been the pretext for the raid.

The summary of this is that the FBI and DOJ, as corrupt as they appear to be at times, didn’t just raid Trump’s home out of the blue. The documents in question were requested by the White House under a provision that allows special access to materials needed in the “conduct of current business” of the administration. Yet, it’s hard to come up with a reason that the documents at Mar-a-Lago were somehow needed to conduct “current business,” meaning the provision may have been abused for political reasons.

The questions are obvious. Why did the Biden administration request these documents in the first place, and was the request even legal? Further, did the president and his handlers do so in order to create a pretext for the raid to target a political opponent? There are still some dots left to be connected, but it certainly looks like White House claims of being in the dark are simply not true. Whether the president knew the exact time and place of the raid or not, he clearly knew of the investigation and actively pushed it forward via executive maneuvering. That’s a long way from being “surprised” about the ordeal.

House Republicans should take the next step and dig deep into whether NARA officials, AG Merrick Garland, and others lied to Congress. Obviously, the DOJ isn’t going to take action given it’s controlled by the Biden administration, but there is still a public interest in uncovering what happened here.

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