The White House launched its first salvo against House Republicans in what is expected to be a long battle as Republican lawmakers probe the administration of President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
Biden’s top lawyer, in letters obtained by DailyMail.com, argues that Republicans should resubmit any document demands made last year, as they did not have control of Congress at the time and had no investigative power to make such a statement. application.
Republicans responded quickly, accusing the White House of playing political games, leaking the letter to the media before sending it to lawmakers. They promised to continue their investigations.
The tug of war offers a preview of what to expect for the next two years as Republicans dig deeper into Biden and his family while the White House vigorously defends the president.
The White House launched its first volley against Republican lawmakers who want to investigate President Joe Biden (right) and his son Hunter Biden (left)
The White House sent letters to Republican Reps. Jim Jordan (left) and James Comer (right) arguing that their document requests made while they were the minority party in Congress should be resubmitted because they had no investigative power.
In a letter to Republican Representatives James Comer and Jim Jordan, which was first reported by politicalWhite House counsel Richard Sauber said the administration would comply with the GOP’s requests.
But, he added, the records requests made by Jordan, who is expected to chair the House Judiciary Committee, and Comer, who is expected to head the Oversight Committee, were not constitutional because only the majority party in the House has power. research.
“Congress has not delegated such authority to individual members of Congress who are not committee chairs, and the House has not done so under its current Rules,” Sauber wrote.
Republicans don’t get a majority until January 3.
Sauber said the White House would comply with any constitutional request.
‘If the Committee issues similar or other requests at the 118th Congress, we will review and respond to them in good faith, consistent with the needs and obligations of both branches. We hope that the new Congress will assume its oversight responsibilities in the same spirit of good faith,’ he wrote.
The White House argues that, since the administration of President Ronald Reagan, senior members of the minority do not speak for Congress and therefore cannot drive the process of accommodations in formal investigation requests.
Comer, in response, accused the administration of hypocrisy, noting its commitment to transparency but its refusal to turn over documents.
“President Biden promised to have the most transparent administration in history, but at every turn the Biden White House seeks to obstruct congressional oversight and withhold information from the American people,” Comer said in a statement to DailyMail.com.
The Kentucky Republican also promised that the investigations would continue.
“Republicans are not intimidated by the obstruction of the Biden Administration and will continue to push for the answers, transparency and accountability that the American people deserve,” he said.
In the article, Politico notes that White House officials briefed them on the letter. Jordan’s office complained that the Biden administration told the press before lawmakers.
“Last night the White House LEAKED this ridiculous story to @politico and @HeidiReports,” Jordan’s office wrote on Twitter.
‘Then, the White House BRIEFS Politico on the story. At 4:34 am this morning, the White House sends us the letter. Only after publication does Politico ask us for feedback. ‘Good faith.”
Republicans have promised a slew of investigations into the president and his family that will delve into the origins of COVID, the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and Hunter Biden’s business dealings.
White House Letter to Rep. Jim Jordan
White House Letter to Representative James Comer
Republicans have promised a slew of investigations against the president and his family, leading up to Hunter Biden, Beau Biden, Jill Biden and President Joe Biden in November.
Jordan, a close ally of Donald Trump who is not afraid of launching political comments, has said that, under his leadership, the House Judiciary Committee will also investigate the alleged “politicization” at the FBI and reports that the agency tried to suppress the Media coverage of the Hunter Biden story in 2020.
“I’ve been in Congress for a few years and I’ve never seen anything like this,” Jordan said at a news conference after the election. “Fourteen (FBI) agents come to talk to us while we’re in the minority about how political that place has become.”
It is expected to be a contentious two years of legal wrangling and lawsuits as the Republican Party investigates the president over what is allowed under congressional oversight power and what would constitute congressional overreach.
With the letters, the administration is sending an early signal of how it plans to respond to what it sees as politically motivated investigations of Biden and his family, calling them “political stunts.”
“As we have for the past two years, we intend to work in good faith to provide appropriate information to Congress,” said Ian Sams, a spokesman for the White House Attorney’s Office.
“Unfortunately, political gimmickry, like minority subpoena threats, suggests that House Republicans may be spending more time thinking about how to hire Hannity than preparing to work together to help the American people,” he said.
Republicans have claimed that President Biden was involved in his son Hunter’s controversial foreign trade deals, which reportedly span 50 different countries.
The president has long denied his involvement in and knowledge of his son’s foreign dealings, some of which are under investigation by federal authorities.
Republicans repeatedly promised during the 2022 election that they would use their return to power to investigate the Bidens.
The investigations are likely to last until 2024, which is when the campaign for the next presidential election will begin. Joe Biden has said that he intends to run for a second term.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio (left), is expected to chair the House Judiciary Committee, while Rep. James Comer, R-Ky. (right), is expected to chair the Oversight Committee
Comer has made it clear that lawmakers are investigating the president, which is an important distinction since the constitution gives a majority in Congress broad oversight power over elected officials.
The White House could argue that investigating the president’s son is beyond the constitutional reach of Republicans.
“This is a Joe Biden investigation,” Comer said at a news conference after the November election. “I think we’ve presented the evidence for why we think it’s important, and we’re going to move forward with that.”
He later said, “We’re trying to stay focused: Was Joe Biden directly involved in Hunter Biden’s trade deals and is he engaged?”
The White House has long been preparing for a slew of Republican investigations.
Democrats, led by activist David Brock, formed Facts First USA, a SWAT team outside the White House to respond to the investigations.
Hunter Biden, meanwhile, has formed his own legal team to respond to the investigations.