White House ‘Seeking to Hide Information,’ Rep. Jim Comer Says

A report on White Home letters dismissing two representatives’ information requests has triggered backlash amongst Home Republicans. The GOP Judiciary Committee mentioned the White Home leaked the story to Politico earlier than sending the letters to Republican Reps. James Comer of Kentucky and Jim Jordan of Ohio.

“Simply earlier than daybreak at 4:33 a.m., the White Home knowledgeable us they won’t present the solutions we now have been searching for for the American individuals on necessary points such because the border and fentanyl crises, the vitality disaster, botched Afghanistan withdrawal, COVID origins, and the Biden household’s affect peddling,” Comer, rating member of the Home Oversight Committee, mentioned in a Thursday assertion.

The Home Republicans added on Twitter that Politico didn’t ask the representatives for remark till after the story was printed Thursday morning, which a spokesman for Comer confirmed in an e mail to The Every day Sign. “This was clearly a deliberate and coordinated effort between the White Home and ‘journalists’ at Politico,” the GOP Judiciary Committee wrote.

Politico correspondent Heidi Przybyla mentioned the outlet solely obtained the letters White Home Particular Counsel Richard Sauber despatched to Comer and Jordan. Sauber wrote that the representatives’ earlier information requests weren’t a part of the congressional oversight course of within the 117th Congress.

“Sauber described such requests as constitutionally illegitimate as a result of each Jordan, who is anticipated to chair the Home Judiciary Committee, and Comer, who is anticipated to go the Oversight Committee, made them earlier than they’d any authority to take action,” Przybyla defined.

Jordan, who serves as the present rating member of the Home Judiciary Committee, despatched an oversight request to White Home Chief of Employees Ron Klain in November. Jordan requested White Home officers to testify originally of the 118th Congress on the Biden administration’s “misuse of federal legal and counterterrorism assets” to focus on mother and father in school board conferences.

Comer’s oversight initiatives embrace a November letter that he and different Republicans despatched to Division of Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas requesting data on the Biden administration’s plans to safe the border.

“President Biden promised to have essentially the most clear administration in historical past however at each flip the Biden White Home seeks to impede congressional oversight and conceal data from the American individuals,” Comer mentioned Thursday in response to Sauber’s letter.

 “Why is the Biden Administration hiding this data? Republicans are undeterred by the Biden Administration’s obstruction and can proceed urgent for the solutions, transparency, and accountability that the American individuals deserve.”

Politico, Heidi Przybyla, and the White Home didn’t reply to The Every day Sign’s request for remark by publication.

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