Cedric Richmond, senior adviser to President Biden, said there is no new timetable from the White House on police reform legislation, but said he is optimistic over the state of the negotiations.
Richmond said the administration is “doing everything we can” to get legislation passed including offering any advice or technical assistance asked of it.
“We are very hopeful and optimistic because the negotiations seem to be genuine and substantive right now,” Richmond said on CNN’s The Situation Room Tuesday.
Richmond said there is not a new timeline from the White House on passing police reform, after the original deadline of today came and went without a bill, and that the President wants something that is right, not rushed.
“It’s more important to have meaningful legislation than to meet a deadline or a timeline and I think that that came out today in the conversation with the family, that the President wanted something that is right, not necessarily rushed,” he said.
Richmond would not discuss the negotiations over qualified immunity during the interview, saying those negotiations have been going on behind the scenes and that’s where they should stay.