Following the counsel’s office’s rejection of GOP oversight requests on Thursday, House Republicans retaliated against the White House, Fox News informed.
White House Special Counsel Richard Sauber wrote to House Oversight Committee Ranking Member James Comer, R-Ky., and House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, on Thursday morning to inform them that the administration would not be responding to letters requesting information for potential House investigations. The congressmen were instructed to resend the letters once they assumed control of their respective committees in the upcoming Congress.
When Republicans win the majority in the 118th Congress next month, the members are expected to head the House Judiciary and Oversight committees.
The move, according to the Republicans, is an attempt to “obstruct congressional oversight.”
Jordan Comer stated that despite President Biden’s claims that his government will be the most transparent in history, the Biden White House consistently works to thwart legislative oversight and withhold facts from the American people.
Jordan wrote to White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain in November requesting documents and other information “concerning the Biden Administration’s misuse of federal criminal and counterterrorism resources to target concerned parents at school board meetings” before the new Congress, where Republicans will hold the majority. Jordan swore to gather the information using the subpoena power he will be given the following year.
According to Jordan, if their requests are still unanswered before the start of the 118th Congress, the committee might have to use a coercive approach to get the information they need.
The White House counsel’s office expects to work with the Republicans in “good faith,” according to Ian Sams, a spokesman for the office, who spoke to Fox News.
The White House giving news outlet Politico advance notice of the letter is an example of the White House “playing games,” the House Judiciary Committee tweeted on Thursday.