White House Counters GOP Claims of ‘Stonewalling’ in Biden Investigations
On Friday, the White House robustly countered accusations from House Republicans that the Biden administration has been obstructing their investigations into President Biden and his son, Hunter.
This development is crucial as House Republicans consider a formal vote to start an impeachment inquiry against Biden, which the White House has dismissed as “illegitimate” and a mere “fishing expedition.”
White House spokesperson Ian Sams, in a detailed memo, refuted the allegations of ‘obstruction’ and ‘stonewalling.’ “These claims are directly contradicted by the evidence,” Sams noted in the memo.
The memo highlights the extensive access House Republicans have had to various records and testimonies:
- Over 35,000 pages of private financial records.
- More than 2,000 pages of financial reports from the Treasury Department.
- At least 36 hours of witness interviews and testimonies.
- Access to documents and witnesses from the FBI, Justice Department, and National Archives, including highly sensitive materials.
The memo further stated, “The absence of the evidence they hoped to find is not indicative of ‘obstruction.’ Despite receiving a substantial amount of information, House Republicans have not found any evidence of misconduct by President Biden, but rather evidence that debunks their allegations.”
In context, House Republicans may soon vote to formally authorize their impeachment inquiry, which was initiated in September by then-Speaker Kevin McCarthy without a vote.
Rep. Ben Cline (R-Va.) earlier this week suggested, “The administration isn’t cooperating, and a vote could compel compliance and strengthen our position in legal battles.”
As part of the investigation, the House Oversight Committee recently issued subpoenas to Hunter Biden, the president’s son, and James Biden, his brother. In response to a request for closed-door testimony, Hunter Biden proposed to testify in a public setting.