Biden arrives in California to assess the storm damage as the US hits the debt ceiling – latest


President Biden will survey storm damage in Santa Cruz County

President Joe Biden has landed in California to survey storm damage in Santa Cruz County. Biden will meet with first responders and local residents affected by the succession of storms that hit the region. He was greeted by Governor Gavin Newsom.

His visit comes a day before his second birthday at the White House as the US hits the debt ceiling and forces the government to “take extraordinary measures to pay off the national debt”.

Meanwhile, the White House remains adamant that it will not interfere with the ongoing investigation into the classified materials found in the president’s home and former office.

Pressed by reporters about a Justice Department official answering questions from the podium in the briefing room, spokesperson Karin Jean-Pierre said all questions should be directed directly to the Justice Department.

Furthermore, it has now emerged that the Justice Department considered joining the search conducted at his home by Mr Biden’s lawyers – but decided not to.

Sources told The Wall Street Journal that Mr. Biden’s lawyers and the DOJ have reached an agreement whereby Mr. Biden’s team would immediately notify the DOJ if any classified documents were found.


Biden maps storm damage up close

After an aerial survey of storm damage in the region, President Joe Biden visited business owners whose properties had been destroyed by the atmospheric river that flowed into California for much of January.

Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 19, 2023 10:11 PM


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View from the ground in Capitola, California

TBEN Sacramento’s Madisen Keavy waits in Capitola for President Joe Biden to arrive.

She notes that there is a sense of excitement but also sadness about the damage.

Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 19, 2023 9:40 PM


McCarthy invited on a trip to California by the White House

Jennifer Jacobs van Bloomberg News reports that House Speaker and California Rep. Kevin McCarthy was invited to accompany the president on his trip to California to assess the damage from the succession of storms that battered the state. He wasn’t in Air Force One before.

It is not clear whether Mr. McCarthy traveled separately to the West Coast.


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Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 19, 2023 9:30 PM


House Intel Committee Requests National Security Review of Biden Documents

House Intelligence Committee Chairman MikeTurner has requested a national security “damage assessment” of the classified documents found in two properties associated with President Joe Biden.

TBEN News’ Jacqui Heinrich reports that no response has yet been received from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and that the request was made nine days ago on Jan. 10.

Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 19, 2023 9:24 PM


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Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 19, 2023 9:00 PM


Trump bemoans “two standards of justice” and claims Biden is getting “white glove” treatment

In a new campaign-style video address, former President Donald Trump bemoans what he sees as two standards of justice in the US — one for him and the general public, and one for the “corrupt political class.”

Mr. Trump trotted out many of the complaints he has made about the investigation into the trove of classified documents recovered from his Palm Beach home (which he claims are “ultra-secure” despite operating as a members’ club) and what he sees as the “white glove” treatment of President Joe Biden after the discovery of a small number of documents in an office and in his garage (“which was probably very wet and damp, as many garages are”).

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The former president also criticized Special Counsel Jack Smith who is investigating on behalf of the Injustice Department, claiming that Mr. Biden has armed the department against him.

When he returns to the White House, he vows to end partisan investigations.

Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 19, 2023 8:45 PM


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Biden gets aerial view of damage from ‘unprecedented storms’

Boarding Marine One with President Joe Biden for a sightseeing tour of California’s affected areas are: Governor Gavin Newsom, Senator Alex Padilla, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell, Bruce Reed, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff, and Liz Sherwood- Randall, Assistant to the President and Homeland Security Advisor and Deputy National Security Advisor.

Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 19, 2023 8:27 PM