Former Obama official questions legality of student-loan forgiveness

Charlie Rose, the former Education Department general counsel under the Obama administration, is “doubtful” President Joe Biden has the authority to forgive student loans through executive action, the Wall Street Journal reported.

“If the issue is litigated, the more persuasive analyses tend to support the conclusion that the Executive Branch likely does not have the unilateral authority to engage in mass student debt cancellation,” Rose detailed in a confidential May 2021 memo for his law firm, Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, Ltd, the WSJ reported.