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New York Times reporter Michael Shear confronted White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Tuesday over the Biden administration's unwillingness to comment on the Donald Trump indictment.
At the beginning of the briefing, Jean-Pierre said the White House is not commenting on Trump's case because "it's an ongoing case."
When it was Shear's turn to question Jean-Pierre, he noted that Biden "has spoken repeatedly" about January 6. Referring to two speeches he delivered involving Jan. 6, Shear pointed out that "there were more than 500 active legal cases going on during the time that he made those speeches" and that Biden's comments could have impacted the cases.
"What is the White House's reticence?" Shear asked, referring to the refusal to address Trump's case. "And what's the difference between [Jan. 6] and [Trump's case]?"
The press secretary responded with her usual talking points, claiming Jan. 6 "was an attack on our democracy" and that Biden "will never shy away when it comes to our democracy." But Shear had no patience for Jean-Pierre's spin and question-dodging.
"There were 500 cases involving Americans whose freedom was at risk!" he told Jean-Pierre.
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Jean-Pierre responded by noting that "people died" on Jan. 6, to which Shear fired back, "I don't need a lecture on the fact that people died!"
After Jean-Pierre then accused Shear of lecturing her, he exposed yet another double standard in the White House's position. Officials were willing to comment on Jan. 6 despite the ongoing criminal cases because of its historic nature, but Trump's indictment is also historic, so why are they unwilling to talk about it?
"Why isn't that, why isn't there a similar kind of assessment about how the world is watching us now?" he asked.
The press secretary said Jan. 6 was "a different moment" and vowed the White House would be "consistent on not commenting on any criminal ongoing investigation."
She never, however, addressed the core of Shear's question, which highlighted the double standard about which historic criminal incidents the Biden administration publicly discusses.
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Chris Enloe is a staff writer for Blaze News