White House responds to ‘witch hunt’ allegations

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The White House has denied that President Joe Biden “weaponized” the government to pursue former President Donald Trump for suspected Espionage Act violations.

“He had nothing to do with it.” “The president has been very clear: the Department of Justice is independent,” press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said at a regular press briefing on Tuesday.

Republicans, including House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, have accused Biden of “weaponizing” US law enforcement to go target his adversary. Biden has stated that he had nothing to do with Trump’s indictment.

“I have never once – not one single time – suggested to the Justice Department what they should or should not do,” the US president declared last week.

Trump appeared in a Miami court on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to all 37 allegations, including obstruction and failing to handover secret papers he kept after his presidency ended. Trump, who is running for president in 2024, has called the charges against him a “witch hunt.”

Republicans have accused the government of applying double standards in its investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of confidential data and potential wrongdoing involving Joe Biden’s son, Hunter.

“Why are you so zealous in pursuing Trump while being so passive in pursuing Hillary or Hunter?” Last week, DeSantis posted on Twitter.

Biden is presently the subject of a special counsel inquiry, which began in January when confidential records from his time as Vice President under Barack Obama were discovered at his house.