Longtime Democrat White House official Susan Rice has taken a veiled swipe at President Donald Trump during an interview where she was trying to defend Joe Biden’s controversial student debt forgiveness plan.
Rice is now the Domestic Policy Advisor in Democrat President Biden’s administration and the director of the Domestic Policy Council.
The Biden admin has kept her out of sight for most of the first term but the White House has now brought her out to try to sell the student loan deal.
Rice went on MSNBC today for an interview but was asked about Trump’s case and the recent FBI raid on his home.
Ari Melber asked Rice about Trump taking classified documents when he left and asked her if this is normal or a national security concern.
Taking a swipe at Trump, Rice said: “I have never heard of something like that, I don’t want to stray in the national security lane, I will stay in my own, but just as a statement of fact I’ve never heard of something like that.”
U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart ordered the Justice Department earlier today to unseal and make public a redacted version of the affidavit used to justify the warrant for the FBI’s raid on former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home by Friday.
“I have reviewed the Government’s memorandum of law and proposed redactions to the search warrant Affidavit,” Reinhart wrote.
“I am fully advised in the entire record, including the contents of the Affidavit.”
Reinhart said that the government “has met its burden of showing a compelling reason” and “good cause to seal portions of the Affidavit,” because disclosure would reveal “the identities of witnesses, law enforcement agents, and uncharged parties, the investigation’s strategy, direction, scope, sources, and methods, and grand jury information.”
According to ABC:
Reinhart had given department officials a noon deadline Thursday to submit proposed redactions under seal as well as a legal memorandum explaining their justifications for the information that they believe should be kept hidden from public view.
Reinhart had said he was not inclined to keep the full affidavit sealed, saying he believes there are portions of it that could presumably be unsealed.
The government argued in court last week that the redactions they believe would be necessary to protect the integrity of their ongoing criminal investigation would essentially render the document “meaningless.”
A coalition of media organizations, including ABC News, has urged for release of the affidavit even with redactions — citing the need to further inform the public in light of the historic nature of the search of a former president’s residence.
— Ari Melber, MSNBC (@AriMelber) August 25, 2022