(NewsNation) — The White House is responding to a series of subpoenas and interview requests issued by House Republicans targeting President Joe Biden’s family members and aides, calling them “harassment of the president for score political points.”
In the four-page letter obtained by NewsNation, the president’s special adviser Richard Sauber challenged the validity of the Republican Party’s impeachment inquiry into President Biden.
“You appear so intent on impeaching the President that you have misrepresented the facts, ignored the overwhelming evidence refuting your claims, and repeatedly changed the rationale for your ‘investigation,’” Sauber wrote to House Oversight Chairman James Comer, R-Ky. and House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.
Sauber’s letter comes after Comer subpoenas former White House lawyer Dana Remus and requested transcribed interviews with four White House staffers as part of the investigation into Biden’s alleged mishandling of classified documents. Comer previously subpoenaed President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and the president’s brother, James Biden, in connection with their business dealings.
House Republicans have alleged that members of the Biden family engaged in “influence peddling” and that Biden himself profited from the overseas business ventures of his son, Hunter, while he was vice-president from 2009 to 2017.
However, House Republicans have produced no evidence of wrongdoing on Joe Biden’s part.
Sauber also called on Republican presidents to withdraw their subpoenas and requests for interviews, arguing that the impeachment inquiry lacks “constitutional legitimacy” since it was launched without a formal vote in the House.
“You also claim the role of an ‘impeachment inquiry,’ knowing full well that the Constitution requires the full House to authorize an impeachment inquiry before a committee can resort to mandatory proceedings under the power of impeachment – a step that the House Republican majority has so far refused to take,” Sauber wrote.
Arriving responded Friday in a press release pledging to pursue requests for interviews with White House staff members.
“If President Biden has nothing to hide, then he should make his current and former staff available to testify before Congress about his mishandling of classified materials,” Comer said in a statement. “Our investigation has uncovered new facts that contradict the account of events by the White House and President Biden’s personal attorney.”