Doocy Bomb: FNC Reporter Slams Biden Hypocrisy on January 6 Subpoenas, Masks

On Monday’s Psaki Show, Fox News’s Peter Doocy returned to the Briefing Room (after colleague Jacqui Heinrich took a turn last week) and, as usual, he didn’t make it easy on Press Secretary Jen Psaki as they went toe-to-toe over President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden walking maskless in a Washington D.C. restaurant despite a citywide mandate and the President’s hypocrisy in calling for prosecution of those who defy January 6-related subpoenas.

Doocy cut right to the chase as usual with a quick but sharp question. “There is mask requirement inside D.C. restaurants, yet President Biden and the First Lady were not wearing masks while walking around a D.C. restaurant on Saturday. Why?”

 

 

Psaki brushed it off as images from when they were “walking out of a restaurant after they had eaten, masks in hand where they had not yet put them back on yet, so I would say, of course, there are moments when we all don’t put mask back on as quickly as we should.”

She added that people shouldn’t “lose the forest through the trees here” when the real focus should be on both vaccinating people and instituting mass vaccine mandates.

Given the level of mask hypocrisy over the past year and a half, Doocy wasn’t having it:

DOOCY: He wasn’t just leaving the restaurant. The President was not wearing a mask as he walked through the restaurant. It is possible to get a discount for children under 2 or those who drink or eat regularly. I am curious as to why the President did this.

PSAKI: Peter, I believe I have just addressed it.

After Psaki had made her peace with Doocy, Doocy also discussed the fact that Biden has broken his promise of an independent Justice Department. This was based upon his call for people who resist January 6 subpoenas being prosecuted. “Why did the President break his promise not to enter into any decisions about what cases the Justice Department should bring and should not bring?”

Psaki started with her play dumb strategy and asked: “How did he break his promise?”

Doocy remained cool despite all that. “Well, he was asked if the DOJ should prosecute people who defied January 6 committee subpoenas and he did not say, ‘I will let the Justice Department decide.’ He said, ‘yes.’”

Psaki finally dropped her cluelessness and reiterated a Friday night statement “where I conveyed clearly that, one, the President continues to believe that January 6 was one of the darkest days in our democracy” and that the DOJ “has the purview and the independence to make decisions about prosecutions.”

Doocy had enough and kept pushing with even more examples of Biden promising to not put his thumb on the scales as Psaki even argued that at least Biden wasn’t Donald Trump (click “expand”):

DOOCY – You claim that he views that way, but that’s not the truth. 

PSAKI: He just shared his opinion. That is how he operated and governed and what he plans to continue to do. I believe that that’s the most important thing for people to keep an eye on.

DOOCY: So, what’s changed since last year when he said, “I will not do what this President — former President Trump — does and use the Justice Department as my vehicle to insist that something happen?’”

PSAKI: Well, since you give me the opportunity here, President — former President Trump used his office to incite an insurrection, He put political pressure on senior DOJ officials to propagate lies about the election to the point where they threatened to resign en masse. It’s hard to imagine a better example.

DOOCY: But the — he said — President Biden said, “the Justice Department and my administration will be totally independent of me” and he said he would not enter into any decisions about what cases the agency would bring and not bring. What is he doing when he says that?

After that, Psaki shouted over Doocy before moving on that Biden “hasn’t” been telling the DOJ what to do and it’s something he’ll continue as “criminal prosecutions are their sole purview.”

Sure, Jen.

To see the relevant transcript from October 18’s briefing, click “expand.”

Briefing for the press at White House [via FNC’s America Reports]
October 18, 2021
Eastern Time: 1:30 pm

PETER DOOCY – Although there is a mask rule in D.C. restaurants on Saturday, President Biden was not seen wearing a mask while walking through a D.C. eatery. Why is that?

JEN PSAKI: Well, I think what we’re referring to is a photo of them walking out of a restaurant after they had eaten, masks in hand where they had not yet put them back on yet, so I would say, of course, there are moments when we all don’t put mask back on as quickly as we should. But I don’t think we should lose miss — lose the forest through the trees here and that our objective here is to get more people vaccinated, make sure that, uh — that schools and companies around the country can put in place requirements to save more lives and keep people safer and, you know, not overly focus on moments in time that don’t reflect overarching policy. 

DOOCY: He wasn’t just leaving the restaurant. The President was not wearing a mask as he walked through the restaurant. It is possible to get a discount for children under 2 or those who drink or eat regularly. I am curious as to why the President did this.

PSAKI: Peter, I believe I have just addressed it.

DOOCY: OK. What is the reason the President broke his promise to not enter into decisions regarding which cases the Justice Department should or should not file? 

PSAKI – How could he have broken his promise to him? 

DOOCY: Well, he was asked if the DOJ should prosecute people who defied January 6 committee subpoenas and he did not say, “I will let the Justice Department decide.” He said, “yes.”

PSAKI: Well let me reiterate, And I put out a statement, also on Friday night to this, uh to this — uh, on this where I conveyed clearly that, one, the President continues to believe that January 6 was one of the darkest days in our democracy. He also continues to believe that the Department of Justice has the purview and the independence to make decisions about prosecutions and that is — continues to be his view and that — it — continues to be how he is — he will govern.

DOOCY – You claim that he views that way, but that’s not the truth. 

PSAKI: He just shared his opinion. That is how he operated and governed and what he plans to continue to do. I believe that that’s the most important thing for people to keep an eye on.

DOOCY: So, what’s changed since last year when he said, “I will not do what this President — former President Trump — does and use the Justice Department as my vehicle to insist that something happen?’”

PSAKI: Well, since you give me the opportunity here, President — former President Trump used his office to incite an insurrection, He put political pressure on senior DOJ officials to propagate lies about the election to the point where they threatened to resign en masse. It’s hard to imagine a better example.

DOOCY: But the — he said — President Biden said, “the Justice Department and my administration will be totally independent of me” and he said he would not enter into any decisions about what cases the agency would bring and not bring. What is he doing?

PSAKI: And he — and he hasn’t and he will not.

DOOCY: He said — someone asked —

PSAKI: And criminal prosecutions —

DOOCY: — him about prosecutions and he said he wants it to happen.

PSAKI: — are their sole purview. Only the Department of Justice can handle criminal cases. It is the President’s job. This is the position he appointed for his attorney general. The attorney general has been doing exactly that and people are able to see the results of his actions. 

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