The White House on Tuesday hit House Republicans for the impeachment inquiry into President Biden, saying that their plan is to figure out the evidence after declaring he is guilty.
“The most extreme members of the House Republican caucus – the very people Speaker McCarthy has put in charge of the baseless impeachment stunt – have revealed their plan: declare guilt first, figure out the ‘evidence’ later,” the White House said in a memo first obtained by The Hill.
The memo outlined that lawmakers like Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), House Oversight Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.), Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) have declared that Biden should be treated as a criminal and that there is enough evidence against him.
But, the memo outlines that other House Republicans “are refuting these outrageous false claims,” highlighting lawmakers like Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo), who said in a recent opinion piece that his colleagues are “relying on an imagined history” for impeachment.
“They are on a politically motivated fishing expedition that willfully ignores that their allegations have been repeatedly refuted not just by the White House, or Democrats in Congress, or the mainstream media, but by their own Republican colleagues,” the White House said. “The more time they waste on this wild goose chase, the more they reveal how much of a political stunt this inquiry truly is.”
McCarthy last week moved to direct House committees to open a formal impeachment inquiry into Biden. The House investigations have centered on Biden’s son Hunter Biden and his business dealings in Ukraine.
The House Oversight and Accountability Committee has not found that the president directly financially benefited from his son’s business or proved that he made any policy decisions because of them.
The impeachment drive by the House GOP has divided the Republican Party, with a number of Senate Republicans making it clear they oppose the effort and think it lacks evidence. The White House has highlighted those divisions in other memos too over the last month.
And, the White House has long been adamant that the president was not in business with his son, and the president has said himself that he never talked with Hunter Biden about his business dealings.