Biden's administration plans to send a letter to several media outlets to urge news executives to "ramp up … scrutiny" of House Republicans' impeachment inquiry into the president, according to a draft letter obtained by CNN.
On Tuesday, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R) directed the House to launch a formal impeachment inquiry into Biden's alleged "abuse of power, obstruction and corruption" regarding his family's business dealings. McCarthy insisted the allegations against Biden "warrant further investigation by the House of Representatives."
White House spokesperson Ian Sams called McCarthy's action "extreme politics at its worst."
"House Republicans have been investigating the president for nine months, and they've turned up no evidence of wrongdoing," Sams claimed. "His own GOP members have said so."
House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries called the GOP's impeachment inquiry "illegitimate."
"There is not a shred of evidence that President Joe Biden has engaged in wrongdoing," Jeffries said. "President Joe Biden is a good man. He's an honest man. He's a patriotic man."
McCarthy argued, "Eyewitnesses have testified that the president joined on multiple phone calls and had multiple interactions. Dinners resulted in cars and millions of dollars into his sons and his son's business partners."
Late Tuesday evening, CNN reported that it obtained a draft letter written by Sams, directing news outlets to intensify their scrutiny of the Biden impeachment inquiry.
According to the outlet, Sams stated, "It's time for the media to ramp up its scrutiny of House Republicans for opening an impeachment inquiry based on lies." Sams said the alleged lack of evidence against Biden should "set off alarm bells for news organizations."
A White House official told CNN that the final letter will be sent to news executives at several media outlets, including CNN, the New York Times, Fox News, the Associated Press, CBS News, and others.
"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," Sams wrote in the draft letter. "And in the modern media environment, where every day liars and hucksters peddle disinformation and lies everywhere from Facebook to Fox, process stories that fail to unpack the illegitimacy of the claims on which House Republicans are basing all their actions only serve to generate confusion, put false premises in people's feeds, and obscure the truth."
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