The White House has issued a memo to media organizations to “ramp up its scrutiny of House Republicans for opening an impeachment inquiry based on lies.”
Entitled “It’s Time For The Media To Do More To Scrutinize House Republicans’ Demonstrably False Claims That They’re Basing Impeachment Stunt On,” the memo follows the announcement by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to open a formal impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden based on the House GOP’s investigations of his family’s foreign business dealings and the prosecution of his son Hunter Biden.
Ian Sams, a special assistant and senior advisor to the President, composed the memo that opened by stating, “After nearly 9 months of investigating, House Republicans haven’t been able to turn up any evidence of the President doing anything wrong.”
The memo uses statements made previously by House Republicans, turning their words into rationale for the White House to discredit the move by McCarthy.
“The time for impeachment is the time when there’s evidence linking President Biden, if there’s evidence linking President Biden to a high crime and misdemeanor,” said Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.). “I’m not convinced that evidence exists.”
House Republicans have not “even remotely completed their work on the kind of detailed investigations and quality work needed to proceed to an impeachment,” said Rep. French Hill (R-Ark.).
The White House then calls for the media “to ramp up its scrutiny of House Republicans for opening an impeachment inquiry based on lies. When even House Republican members are admitting that there is simply no evidence that Joe Biden did anything wrong, much less impeachbale, that should set off alarm bells for news organizations.”
Sams then continues by challenging the media and its responsibility as an independent press.
“Covering impeachment as a process story – Republicans say X, but the White House says Y – is a disservice to the American public who relies on the independent press to hold those in power accountable.”
On Tuesday, Sams separately released a 2019 letter from McCarthy to then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the impeachment proceedings into former President Trump, to highlight that McCarthy pushed back on her moves at the time to open an inquiry without a vote.
The impeachment fight could also be an issue as Congress and the White House battle over funding the government. Lawmakers face a September 30 deadline to prevent a shutdown.