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Joe Biden likely has NO authority to mass cancel student debt: Top Obama Lawyer

President Biden would be on the difficult legal ground if he pursued broad-based student debt forgiveness by executive order, according to a legal study written by President Barack Obama’s former top Education Department lawyer.

Even while legal experts have long questioned whether the president has the right to do so, Mr. Biden is seriously contemplating eliminating some debt for some creditors.

Per a justification planned by Charlie R., who did serve as the lawyer in the Department Of Education under Obama from 2009 to 2011, to use executive action to postpone borrowings for student borrowers without trying to tie reprieve to their individual requirements and using regulations would put the Biden management at risk of having its plan overturned in court, per report.

Mr. Rose stated in a document for his legal firm, Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, Ltd., that “the more compelling analysis generally supporting the assumption that the Executive Branch likely does not have unilateral right to engage in mass student debt cancellation.” He speculated that loan servicing businesses and investors who possess student loan-backed securities could be able to challenge the government over the debt cancellation.

The report, dated May 7, 2021, is marked “strictly private” and has never been published before. Although the paper provides suggestions for the Biden administration, no customer is named as the receiver. Mr. Rose stated in an email that the document was written for a private client and was never meant to be made public.

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The administration has not yet decided how to handle student debt policies. According to The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Biden has stated that any debt forgiveness would be less than the $50,000 per borrower desired by some important Democrats, and he has indicated to advisors and others that he is more satisfied with debt cancellation in the $10,000 area.

According to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, the president is contemplating restricting student loan forgiveness to those who earn less than $125,000 per year. Around $1.6 trillion in federal student debt is held by over 40 million borrowers.