Biden won’t use executive privilege to block Jan. 6 commission requests for Trump-era records

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Joe Biden doesn’t plan to use executive privilege to conceal Trump-era documents from the Jan. 6 committee. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki made Biden’s stance clear during a press conference on Friday.

Executive privilege is a president’s ability to withhold certain executive documents and information from the judicial or legislative branches. Far from blocking the committee’s investigation, Psaki said the administration would work in tandem with the commission regarding the day in question.

“We will respond promptly to these questions as they arise and certainly as they come up from Congress,” said Psaki. “And certainly we have been working closely with the congressional committees and others as they work to get to the bottom of what happened on January 6, an incredibly dark day in our democracy.”

This comes after the committee issued subpoenas to several Trump aides on Thursday. Meanwhile, Trump has vowed he would fight the subpoenas and records request using executive privilege and other grounds.

“We will fight the subpoenas on executive privilege and other grounds, for the good of our country,” said the 45th president in a statement.

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Huawei executive held in Canada to walk free after DOJ agrees to defer prosecution

A top Huawei executive will soon walk free in Canada and be able to return to China after the Biden Justice Department agreed to enter into a deferred prosecution agreement with the Chinese military-linked company and acquiesced to ending the United States’s extradition request.

Meng Wanzhou was arrested by Canadian authorities in December 2018 at the request of the U.S., indicted in the Eastern District of New York in January 2019, and charged with bank fraud and wire fraud as well as conspiracy to commit both, but she will soon walk free and return to China.

Meng, the daughter of Huawei’s founder, Ren Zhengfei, has served as Huawei’s CFO since 2010, and she appeared virtually before a federal district court in Brooklyn on Friday. The DOJ said she was “arraigned on charges of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud” but that she “entered into a deferred prosecution agreement” with the U.S. government. The DOJ said the Biden administration also “agreed to withdraw its request to the Ministry of Justice of Canada that Meng be extradited to the United States.”

Shortly after Meng’s arrest in 2018, Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, dubbed “the two Michaels,” were arrested and have been held ever since, being secretly tried and convicted in China in March. Spavor headed a business in China that helped promote visits to North Korea. Kovrig is a former Canadian diplomat who had worked for Canada’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and had been working in China as an adviser on relations between China and North Korea for the International Crisis Group.

Hours after Meng’s release was announced, news broke that the two Michaels were released and headed back to Canada.

The Chinese Communist Party had repeatedly been accused of engaging in hostage diplomacy , and the U.S., Canada, and numerous other nations have condemned China for the “arbitrary detention” of the two Michaels.


“In entering into the deferred prosecution agreement, Meng has taken responsibility for her principal role in perpetrating a scheme to defraud a global financial institution,” Nicole Boeckmann, the acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said Friday. “Her admissions in the statement of facts confirm that, while acting as the Chief Financial Officer for Huawei, Meng made multiple material misrepresentations to a senior executive of a financial institution regarding Huawei’s business operations in Iran in an effort to preserve Huawei’s banking relationship with the financial institution.”

Boeckmann added: “Meng and her fellow Huawei employees engaged in a concerted effort to deceive global financial institutions, the U.S. government, and the public about Huawei’s activities in Iran.”

Sen. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, condemned the DOJ’s move, tweeting: “This week, the Biden administration returned to a policy of appeasing China, a strategy that’s failed for decades … The administration is surrendering to China’s hostage diplomacy by dropping criminal charges against a Huawei executive currently held in Canada.”

The nonprosecution agreement was entered into by Meng and the DOJ in front of Judge Ann Donnelly of the Eastern District of New York. The DOJ agreed to defer prosecution until December 2022, after which the charges will be dismissed entirely.

The DOJ’s 13-count indictment in the Brooklyn court said Huawei, as well as two affiliates, Huawei USA and Skycom, were also charged with wire fraud, bank fraud, conspiracy, money laundering, and dodging sanctions against Iran.

Meng was released on $8 million bail in early January 2019 and has been living in a mansion her family owns in Vancouver. She was allowed to travel around the city with a GPS monitor on her ankle while awaiting the result of her extradition proceedings, which were long tied up in Canadian court.

“This Deferred Prosecution Agreement will lead to the end of the ongoing extradition proceedings in Canada, which otherwise could have continued for many months, if not years,” Mark Lesko, the acting assistant attorney general for the DOJ’s national security division, said on Friday.

The DOJ said Meng “has agreed to the accuracy of a four-page statement of facts that details the knowingly false statements she made” to the unnamed bank. The DOJ claimed that “if Meng breaches the agreement, she will be subject to prosecution of all the charges against her in the third superseding indictment filed in this case.”

In March, the FCC released an updated list of Chinese communication companies “that have been deemed a threat to national security,” including Huawei .

The DOJ and U.S. intelligence agencies believe Huawei and other Chinese companies are working hand-in-hand with the ruling Chinese Communist Party, potentially giving China ‘s surveillance state access to hardware and networks across the world.

The Commerce Department explained  in December that Huawei was added to the entity list because the company and its affiliates “engaged in activities that are contrary to U.S. national security or foreign policy interests.”


The Biden administration agreement to defer the Huawei prosecution could be seen as the U.S. bowing to pressure from China.

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US Reaches Deal To Allow Huawei Executive Charged With Fraud To Return To China

The Department of Justice (DOJ) reached a deal Friday with a top executive of Chinese telecom giant Huawei that allows her to return to China and concludes a high-profile fraud case that heightened tensions between the U.S. and China.

The DOJ said in a statement that prosecutors entered a deferred prosecution agreement with Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei. As part of the deal, disclosed in federal court in Brooklyn, the DOJ agreed to dismiss the fraud charges against Meng in December 2022 as long as she remains in compliance with the agreement.

Meng was arrested in Canada in December 2018 on a provisional U.S. extradition request for fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud in order to circumvent sanctions against Iran. The U.S. alleged that Meng misrepresented Huawei’s relationship with its Iran-based subsidiary Skycom to a financial institution by listing it as a “local business partner.”

Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou (C) talks to media at British Columbia Supreme Court after her extradition hearing ended in her favor, in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada on September 24, 2021 (Don MacKinnon/AFP via Getty Images)

Meng challenged the extradition request, and her lawyers claimed she was being used as a “bargaining chip” amid rising tensions between Washington and Beijing, The Associated Press (AP) reported.

The deal also follows an ongoing diplomatic spat between China and Canada, where Meng has remained since her arrest. Chinese authorities arrested two Canadian citizens, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, on espionage charges shortly after Meng was arrested in Vancouver. Both the U.S. and Canada have called on China to release them. (RELATED: Republican Lawmakers Demand Answers From Biden Admin On Huawei Security Threat)

As part of the agreement reached, the DOJ will defer prosecution and allow Meng to return to China. Meng also admitted the allegations in the statement of facts are accurate, including that she misrepresented Huawei’s relationship with Skycom.

William Taylor, one of Meng’s lawyers, said in a statement that he is “very pleased” with the outcome of the case.

“She has not pleaded guilty and we fully expect the indictment will be dismissed with prejudice after fourteen months. Now, she will be free to return home to be with her family,” he said.

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US reaches deferred prosecution agreement with Chinese Huawei executive – HotAir

Meng Wanzhou is the CFO of Huawei, the Chinese tech giant. She has been in Canadian custody since late 2018 when she was arrested at the airport for possible extradition to the United States where she would face charges for violating US sanctions. Today, the Justice Department announced a deferred prosecution agreement had been reached that will free Meng and allow her to return to China.

Ms. Meng, who has been detained in Canada since 2018, has agreed to a deferred prosecution agreement that is expected to be entered in federal court in Brooklyn on Friday afternoon. She will ad­mit to some wrong­do­ing, and federal prosecutors will defer and then ultimately drop the charges against her, the person said. ­As part of the agreement, she will not enter a guilty plea.

The case has become a symbol of the tumultuous relationship between two global superpowers, the United States and China, which is at its lowest level in decades. And it has created a diplomatic challenge that has put Canada in the middle…

Throughout her extradition hearing in Canada, Ms. Meng’s defense team professed her innocence. They argued that President Donald J. Trump had politicized her case and that her rights had been breached when she was arrested in Vancouver.

Meng’s whole defense was nonsense and got really conspiratorial after a judge ruled against her (meaning toward extraditing her to the US) last May. So it sounds like the US has agreed to some face-saving nonsense knowing the US will never get another bit at this particular apple.

Unfortunately it probably also means that China’s “hostage diplomacy” worked. As you may recall, shortly after Meng’s arrest, China arrested two Canadian businessmen–the two Michaels— and charged them with identical sets of charges to what Meng was facing in the US if she were extradited by Canada. It wasn’t very subtle. In fact it was brutal.

While Meng was living like a princess, getting private painting lessons and massages in a large mansion and going out for private shopping sprees at stores that were closed for her convenience, the two Michaels were held in separate prisons with only occasional access to Canadian diplomats. Back in January, the NY Times reported that Michael Korvig had been so isolated that he was completely unaware of the global pandemic until last October when his wife told him about it over zoom. Meanwhile, Micahel Spavor was tried by a kangaroo court and sentenced to 11 years in prison.

It’s not clear yet whether part of this deal for Meng’s freedom is that the two Michaels will also be released. My guess is that this is going to operate a lot like the transfer of millions in cash to Iran during the Obama administration. That transfer was coincidentally timed to the release of several American hostages. The Obama administration denied we were ransoming our hostages but that’s effectively how the Iranians saw it. The money didn’t arrive until the hostages had left the ground.

Assuming something similar happens here, I’m glad for the two Michaels who never deserved to be arrested in the first place. But I do worry where this leads. There’s a reason the US has a policy against negotiating with terrorists. Once the CCP, Iran, etc. know that taking hostages works, they are more likely to do it again the next time they want something. It seems like a bad precedent even if it’s a good outcome for these two individuals.

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Democrats’ bill would give executive branch authority to declare eviction moratoriums

Members of the “Squad” and some of their far-left Senate allies introduced legislation Tuesday that would give the Health and Human Services Department the power to impose eviction moratoriums.

The bills were introduced by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri, as millions of Americans face potential eviction after the Supreme Court blocked the Biden administration from continuing the COVID-19 eviction ban.

A wave of evictions has yet to materialize since the ban expired at the end of September, though the threat remains real for renters who haven’t made payments, in some cases since the moratorium began in March 2020.

“Today we return to the Capitol steps with renewed courage and determination to introduce life-saving legislation. The Keeping Renters Safe Act will protect renters from eviction and curb the spread of COVID-19,” Ms. Bush said at a press conference in front of the Capitol.

Ms. Bush also led a protest on the Capitol steps in August demanding an extension of the moratorium that was put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The 6-3 decision by the Supreme Court held that the Biden administration overstepped its authority when imposing the ban and that an extension of the moratorium must be authorized by Congress.

The Democrats’ bill would fix that hang-up by directing HHS to impose a moratorium and rewriting the Public Health Service Act to give permanent authority to HHS to order implement eviction bans for public health crises.

“The Supreme Court said the administration does not have the authority to issue an eviction moratorium. So what are we going to do? Give them that authority. That’s all we want to do,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democrat.

Other members of the Squad who voiced support for the bill included Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Reps. Jamaal Bowman and Mondaire Jones, both of New York, also attended the press conference.

The lawmakers argued that the surge of the delta variant of COVID-19 necessitated a new eviction ban to help stop the spread of the disease.

“We are in a COVID crisis. We are in an eviction crisis and the eviction crisis is making the COVID crisis worse. This pandemic is not over,” Ms. Warren said.

Congress allocated roughly $46 billion for rental aid but only about $5 billion of the funds have been disbursed, according to the Treasury Department.

The bill, however, will have an difficult pathway to passing, with opposition expected from both Republicans and some moderate Democrats. A House GOP aide told The Washington Times that Republicans are likely to take issue with the bill given the labor shortage the country faces.

“There are some moderate Republicans out there that might [support it], but I think the conference as a whole is going to take a lot of issues with that, especially when you have 10 million open jobs and only 8 million people unemployed,” the aide said.

Ms. Bush touched on her own experience of being evicted as a renter and suffering homelessness, a personal story she put front and center of her protest last month.

“I will never forget the fear that rushed through my mind when I saw the eviction notice posted on my own door,” Ms. Bush said. “The fear that comes with not knowing how I will be able to keep my children safe, keep a roof over our heads or keep a job.”

Further underscoring the human tragedy of eviction, Ms. Bush brought several renters on the brink of eviction to the press conference.

The White House stepped in to extend the initial moratorium following pressure from the protest led by Ms. Bush and her liberal allies after Congress failed to muster enough support to hold a vote for an eviction ban.

About 1 in 6 renters are reported to be behind on their rent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey.

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EU chief executive lays out plan to make bloc more independent

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers a speech during a debate on “The State of the European Union” at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, September 15, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman

September 15, 2021

By Gabriela Baczynska and Robin Emmott

STRASBOURG (Reuters) -The European Union’s chief executive set out plans on Wednesday to make the 27-nation bloc more independent in areas from defence to global trade, and urged other countries to join it in accelerating the fight against climate change.

Ursula von der Leyen proposed the EU agree a “Chips Act” to ensure semiconductor self-sufficiency, counter China’s global infrastructure push and find the political will to intervene militarily around the world without the United States.

“Europe can and clearly should be able and willing to do more on its own,” she told the European Parliament in Strasbourg in her annual state of the union speech.

Seeking to draw inspiration from Beatrice Vio, an Italian Paralympic champion who joined her in the assembly, she quoted her motto: “If it seems impossible – then it can be done.”

During von der Leyen’s two years as president of the executive European Commission, the EU’s resilience has been tested by the coronavirus pandemic, a related economic downturn, strains over Britain’s departure and weakening rule of law in some eastern member states.

Critics say she and her team have not carried out promises to make the Commission more “geopolitical” as the EU struggles to assert its influence in foreign affairs and global trade.

A “make-or-break issue” is digital independence, von der Leyen said, following a global semiconductor shortage which showed the economic risk of relying on Asian and U.S. suppliers.

The proposal to ensure EU semiconductor self-sufficiency follows a CHIPS for America Act in the United States, aimed at boosting U.S. capacity to compete with Chinese technology.

Von der Leyen also announced a plan for Europe to establish partnerships in infrastructure through a “Global Gateway” to counter China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

“We’re pretty good at financing roads, but it doesn’t make any sense for Europe if we build a perfect road between a Chinese copper mine and a harbour that’s Chinese-owned,” she said. “We are entering a new era of hyper-competitiveness, an era in which some stop at nothing to gain influence.”


One month after the Taliban took control in Afghanistan, von der Leyen called on EU states to build forces that can intervene militarily abroad without U.S. support.

“What has held us back until now is not just shortfalls of capacity, it is a lack of political will,” said the former German defence minister, whose country has been reluctant to deploy troops into combat around the world.

While U.S.-led NATO has long shouldered the military burden in Europe, China’s rise, a more aggressive Russia and U.S. calls for Europe to do more for its own security are pushing the EU to develop a more forceful foreign policy.

Echoing calls by predecessor Jean-Claude Juncker, von der Leyen said the EU needed a “defence union” that would cement joint military action, going beyond its traditional soft power as the world’s largest trading bloc.

She proposed waiving value-added tax on weapons developed and sold in the bloc by EU governments, establishing a joint situational awareness centre to improve intelligence-sharing, and better defences against cyber attacks.

She also pledged to increase financial support to help poorer countries fight climate change and adapt to its impacts by an additional 4 billion euros ($4.73 billion) until 2027.

Urging others also to do more, she said: “Closing the climate finance gap together, the U.S. and the European Union, would be such a strong signal for global climate leadership.”

Warning against “a pandemic of the unvaccinated”, she said the pace of COVID-19 vaccination must be quickened.

About 70% of the EU’s adult population has been fully vaccinated, but there are big differences among member states.

She also announced a donation of 200 million vaccine doses for third countries by mid-2022, on top of a previous commitment for 250 million shots.

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(Reporting by Yves Herman in Strasbourg and Jan Strupcewzki, Marine Strauss, Gabriela Baczynska, Phil Blenkinsop, Foo Yun Chee, Kate Abnett, Robin Emmott in Brussels; Writing by Ingrid Melander and John Chalmers; Editing by Catherine Evans and Timothy Heritage)

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COVID-19: Joe Biden Issues Unconstitutional Executive Orders to Escape Trap of Own Making

Having promised and failed to ‘shut down the virus, not the country,’ he’s now claiming extraordinary powers that aren’t rightfully his.


resident Biden has trapped himself. Last year, deep into his campaign, Biden issued his own “I alone can fix it” edict, promising the American public that, unlike Donald Trump, as president he would “shut down the virus, not the country.” We are now seven months into Biden’s tenure, and the virus remains decidedly un-shut down. What to do?

It’s showtime (emphasis on show).

By vowing not to shut down “the country,” Biden was not suggesting that President Trump had been too strongly in favor of lockdowns or intrusive measures, but that Trump had been incompetent. It was, Biden said, Trump’s core “ineptitude”

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Biden’s Draconian COVID Executive Orders Are Unconstitutional

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“President Biden and his Administration will continue to use every tool necessary to protect the American people from Covid-19,” the White House announced Thursday in a blizzard of executive orders, some of which claim presidential powers unheard of in American history, far beyond those claimed by U.S. presidents during wartime and depressions.

According to the White House press release, Biden is “implementing a six-pronged, comprehensive national strategy that employs the same science-based approach that was used to successfully combat previous variants of COVID-19 earlier this year.”

The “six-pronged approach” includes the following:

  • Vaccinating the Unvaccinated
  • Further Protecting the Vaccinated
  • Keeping Schools Safely Open
  • Increasing Testing & Requiring Masking
  • Protecting Our Economic Recovery
  • Improving Care for those with COVID-19

As the White House release said, the various COVID vaccines have been available to every individual age 16 and older since April 19, and to those age 12 or older since May. Some companies, such as Tyson Foods and United Airlines, are being praised by the White House for forcing their employees to get vaccinated. All of this has resulted in more than 175 million Americans being “fully vaccinated.” Still, nearly 80 million Americans who are eligible to be vaccinated have not even gotten one shot.

One can logically guess that, as easily available as the vaccine has been to get, if any American has not yet gotten the vaccine, it means that individual has opted not to get the vaccine for whatever reason. But the White House vows to change that and “reduce the number of unvaccinated Americans by using regulatory powers and other actions to substantially increase the number of Americans covered by vaccination requirements.” (Emphasis added.) In other words, using the direct or indirect pressure of the federal government, more Americans will be compelled to get a shot, to the point that “these requirements will become dominant in the workplace.”

How? President Biden is issuing an executive order requiring all private employers who have more than 100 employees to ensure that their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly.

Clearly, this is unprecedented. There is no provision in the U.S. Constitution giving the federal government the legal authority to require businesses to require their employees to get a vaccine. And, if even there were, this would be a legislative or law-making function, a power that the president does not have. Certainly, a president can issue executive orders to members of the executive branch to implement a law, but executive orders cannot be used to make law.

If Biden, or any other president, can simply make law via an executive order, telling individual citizens or business owners what to do, with not even a figment of Constitutional authority or executing a law passed by Congress, exactly what can a president not do?

Biden also is requiring vaccinations for all federal workers. While Biden does have some authority to issue orders to those who are in the employ of the federal government, that authority is limited to the execution of laws passed by Congress. Under the reasoning that the president can order federal employees to get a vaccination, simply because they work for the federal government, this would allow a president to, for example, order the government’s employees to exercise a certain amount each day. Some might argue that this is a poor analogy because the vaccine is designed to protect others, rather than primarily to protect the person getting the shot. But if that is the criteria, could the president also order federal workers not to drink alcohol, because if they drank too much and then drove an automobile, they might kill a fellow American in an automobile accident? Perhaps the president could order an individual American citizen to refrain from supporting certain candidates for public office, because, in his opinion, those politicians might be dangerous to others in U.S. society. Or — as it has been put in totalitarian societies — because they are “enemies of the people.”

In a related order, Biden is going to require that millions of contractors who do business with the federal government to also get vaccinated.

COVID vaccinations will be required for the 17 million healthcare workers at hospitals that receive Medicare and Medicaid patients; in other words, virtually all American hospitals. This well illustrates that the acceptance of federal funds, in any form, can lead to federal control in ways not even dreamed of when those programs were first created. One can not imagine President Franklin Roosevelt trying to sell the passage of Medicare in 1935 by adding that any hospital that received payment through the program would then have to take orders from the president on what shots their doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other staff would have to get. It is hard to imagine even the Caesars issuing such decrees.

“A top priority for the Biden Administration since Day One has been to reopen schools safely and keep them open,” the White House statement adds. How is this to be accomplished? The White House statement suggests “getting all staff and eligible students vaccinated, implementing universal indoor masking, maintaining physical distancing,” and “performing regular screening for students and school staff.”

To make sure this happens, the Biden orders will use the “full legal authority” of the federal Department of Education to protect students’ access to in-person instruction. No doubt this will include threats to withhold federal funds from school districts and states that refuse to comply. Again, this illustrates that with the acceptance of federal dollars comes federal control.

As it will “take time” for the newly vaccinated to get protection from the virus, the White House argues, testing and masking will be required.

And, of course, implementation of the executive orders will be accomplished with federal money — extracted from taxpayers either immediately, or by borrowing money that taxpayers will have to pay back later, with interest.

Will Americans simply accept these new dictates from Joe Biden, or will this be the bridge too far for his tenure as president?

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South Dakota & Kristi Noem: Abortion Executive Order

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem speaks at the North Carolina GOP convention in Greenville, North Carolina, June 5, 2021. (Jonathan Drake/Reuters)

South Dakota governor Kristi Noem signed an executive order on Tuesday to prevent abortions from being performed via telemedicine in her state.

The order prohibits dispensation of abortion-inducing medication via telemedicine, delivery, or mail services. Additionally, the order bans the dispensation of abortion-inducing drugs on state or school grounds.

“The Biden Administration is continuing to overstep its authority and suppress legislatures that are standing up for the unborn to pass strong pro-life laws,” Noem said in a press release. “They are working right now to make it easier to end the life of an unborn child via telemedicine abortion. That is not going to happen in South Dakota.”

The press release stated that Noem would work with the South Dakota legislature to pass the requirements into law during the 2022 legislative session. The order comes after a Texas law banning abortions upon detection of a fetal heartbeat came into effect last week.

Noem’s order also reiterates that abortion-inducing medication may only be prescribed and dispensed following an in-person examination by a physician. This procedure is already required under South Dakota law.

The Biden administration announced in April that it would reverse Trump-administration rules mandating that women obtain abortion-inducing medication in person while the coronavirus pandemic remains a threat. The decision, announced by Food and Drug Administration acting commissioner Janet Woodcock, allowed for dispensation of abortion pill mifepristone via mail.

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Zachary Evans is a news writer for National Review Online. He is a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces and a trained violist.

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President Biden signs executive order calling for declassification review and release of some documents related to Sept. 11 attacks

President Joe Biden has signed an executive order calling for declassification reviews of documents pertaining to the infamous Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

“Today, I signed an executive order directing the Department of Justice and other relevant agencies to oversee a declassification review of documents related to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s September 11th investigations,” the president said in a statement. “The executive order requires the Attorney General to release the declassified documents publicly over the next six months.”

The president’s move comes a little more than a week before the nation will mark the two decade anniversary of the terror attacks that left thousands dead.

On that day 20 years ago hijackers crashed into New York City’s Twin Towers, which both eventually collapsed, and into the Pentagon in Washington D.C.

Another plane went down in a field in Pennsylvania after passengers fought back. It was around 20 minutes by air from the nation’s capital.

“We are thrilled to see the President forcing the release of more evidence about Saudi connections to the 9/11 Attacks,” Terry Strada, whose husband was killed in the World Trade Center, said in a statement. “We have been fighting the FBI and intelligence community for too long, but this looks like a true turning point.”

“President Biden is asking us to trust that the administration will bring justice to the 9/11 community and we certainly hope this is a genuine step forward,” Brett Eagleson, whose father was killed in the terror attacks, said in a statement, according to the Guardian. “We will closely watch this process to ensure the justice department and FBI follow through, act in good faith and help our families uncover the truth in our pursuit of justice against the Saudi government. The first test will be on 9/11, and the world will be watching.”

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