In a recent appeal to the media, the White House has called for journalistic support in countering the impeachment inquiry initiated against President Joe Biden by the House.
White House spokesperson, Ian Sams, dispatched a memo to the editorial heads of major U.S. news outlets. In it, he emphasized, “media to ramp up its scrutiny of House Republicans for opening an impeachment inquiry based on lies.” The memo further highlighted that the GOP has yet to produce any concrete evidence against President Biden and even cited remarks from some Republican officials who have expressed doubts about the impeachment process.
This week, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy declared the launch of the impeachment inquiry against Biden, stating that the Republicans have discovered “serious and credible allegations into President Biden’s conduct — a culture of corruption.”
Subsequently, McCarthy shared with his colleagues the evidence that the GOP has accumulated over recent months, which encompasses financial records and witness testimonies. He also announced an upcoming special conference with key committee leaders, including Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan and Ways and Means Chairman Jason Smith.
In a united front, McCarthy, Jordan, and Smith released a statement asserting, “House Republicans have uncovered an overwhelming amount of evidence showing President Joe Biden lied to the American people about his knowledge and participation in his family’s influence peddling schemes.”
To address the Republican-led investigations, the White House has formed a dedicated team, known as the “war room,” comprising legal professionals, legislative advisors, and communication experts. Following the announcement of the impeachment inquiry, Congressional Democrats swiftly rallied in support of President Biden. House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries proclaimed, “there is not a shred of evidence that President Joe Biden has engaged in wrongdoing” and emphasized that Democrats “will defend President Biden until the very end.”
Several media outlets have begun to question the basis of the impeachment inquiry. The New York Times, for instance, reported, “Republicans have found no evidence of financial wrongdoing or corruption by the president, but said they have received enough information to warrant more investigation.” A notable interaction took place between a journalist and Rep. Scott Perry, in which the reporter suggested that the public views the inquiry as mere political retaliation. Perry responded with, “Because you don’t report on it.”