White House spokesman Jen Psaki said Tuesday that President Biden would not consider prosecuting former President Donald Trump in the Senate because “he was not an expert” while maintaining that he would not watch the proceedings.
At Tuesday’s White House press conference, journalists repeatedly urged Persi to comment on behalf of the president on his predecessor’s second Senate prosecution lawsuit – which began amid the briefing.
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“He’s not an expert,” Psaki said. “He won’t give an opinion on the round-trip debates, nor will he watch them.”
Psaki claimed that Biden had said that Trump’s “words and deeds, and of course the events of January 6, are a threat to our democracy.”
“He ran against him because he was worried that former President Trump was unfit for office, in part because of his past past citing violence across the country,” Psaki said. “President Trump – former President Trump – is not here because he was defeated by President Biden.”
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He added that Biden is now “focused on delivering on his promises to the American people.”
Psaki said Monday that Biden “does not spend too much time” monitoring the prosecution process and maintained that he would leave the “pace, process and mechanics” of the trial to the Senate.
Trump’s second Senate court hearing began Tuesday after the House voted him a second time on Jan. 13. This time, he was charged with inciting the uprising before and during the January 6 Capitol riot.