Apr 15, 2024 - Politics & Policy

White House declines Biden impeachment testimony invite from Comer

President Biden at the White House on Monday. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

The White House sent House impeachment investigators a letter Monday declining their invitation for President Biden to testify before the panel at an inquiry hearing, CNN first reported.

Why it matters: Republicans have struggled to uncover solid evidence linking the president to his son Hunter Biden's business dealings and House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-Ky.) invited him to testify in a long-shot bid to salvage an inquiry that even Republicans have been skeptical about securing an impeachment vote on, per Axios' Andrew Solender.

Details: "Your impeachment investigation is over," wrote, Richard Sauber, special counsel to the president, per multiple reports.

  • "Your Committee's purported 'impeachment inquiry' has succeeded only in turning up abundant evidence that, in fact, the President has done nothing wrong," he added.
  • "Your insistence on peddling these false and unsupported allegations despite ample evidence to the contrary makes one thing about your investigation abundantly clear: The facts do not matter to you."

What they're saying: "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree in the Biden family. Like his son, Hunter Biden, President Biden is refusing to testify in public about the Bidens' corrupt influence peddling," Comer said in an online statement in reference to Hunder Biden rejecting a similar invitation after he testified behind closed doors in the inquiry.

  • "It is unfortunate President Biden is unwilling to answer questions before the American people and refuses to answer the very simple, straightforward questions we included in the invitation."

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