Psaki dismisses concerns over legality of Biden’s renewed eviction moratorium

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Psaki dismisses concerns over legality of Biden’s renewed eviction moratorium
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Psaki dismisses concerns over legality of Biden’s renewed eviction moratorium
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White House press secretary Jen Psaki dismissed concerns that President Biden is “signaling that he doesn’t respect the rule of law” following the new moratorium on evictions.

“I’m not sure there are Americans evaluating it to that degree, maybe there are some you’ve talked to,” Psaki told a reporter Wednesday during a press conference, when asked about Americans’ concerns about the new moratorium. “He’s gonna do everything in his power to make sure they can stay in their homes as long as possible.”

The Biden administration announced a new targeted moratorium on evictions on Tuesday, after previously saying it had no legal standing on the matter following a June Supreme Court ruling. The announcement has sparked concerns and questions about the legality of the move, including from constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley.

“The White House seems to be putting the tactical on the same level as the constitutional in this move. President Biden acknowledged that he was told by most legal experts that this is unconstitutional. The majority of the Supreme Court left little doubt of their view of the unconstitutionality,” Turley told Fox News, when asked about Psaki’s dismissal of concerns.

“President Biden however said that he could use the delay in courts blocking the order to get money out the door. The fact that he would be distributing millions without constitutional authority did not seem to weigh at all, let alone heavily, in his decision,” he continued. “President Biden took an oath on January 20th to uphold the Constitution. Period. It did not have an option to disregard the Constitution when politically expedient. The President made the mistake of saying the quiet part out loud. That line will now be repeated to federal courts to ask for an immediate injunction to prevent this tactical move.”

Psaki fielded other questions on the legality of the moratorium during the press conference, prompting her to explain, “It’s not an extension,” but a “different moratorium from a policy and legal standpoint.”

You can read the rest of Emma Colton’s article at FoxNews.com

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