White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre refused on Tuesday to answer whether President Joe Biden has "lied" about his involvement, or lack thereof, with the various business operations of his family.
Shortly after winning a majority in the House, Republicans promised oversight investigations into Biden and his family.
Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), who will become chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said the inquiry will investigate whether Biden was "directly involved with Hunter Biden's business deals" and thus whether he is "compromised." House Republicans have previously alleged that Biden "personally participated in" Hunter's business dealings.
What did KJP say?
At the White House press briefing, Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy wasted no time asking about House Republicans' investigation — and whether Biden is lying.
"[The House Oversight Committee] claim to have evidence that Joe Biden lied to the American people about his involvement in his family's business schemes. Did he?" Doocy asked.
But instead of answering the question, Jean-Pierre attacked Republicans for conducting oversight.
"I have said this before and I’ll say it again: House Republicans promised that fighting inflation during the midterms was going to be their No. 1 priority," she responded. "But instead, what they're doing is wanting to do an investigation on the president and his family."
She also claimed the midterm elections demonstrated the American people do not care whether Biden is lying about his involvement.
This, of course, is not true. Multiple polls takenlast yearproved that a bipartisan majority of American voters support an investigation into the Biden family and specifically Hunter Biden. The president's son is currently under federal investigation.
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But to the question of Biden's honesty? Jean-Pierre refused to answer.
"I'm not going to get into the specifics of any of the oversight here. We have a White House counsel that's going to — my colleagues who are going to deal with this," she said.
The White House is already playing hardball with House Republicans.
Politico reported last week:
While the House GOP has spent weeks detailing its planned investigations into the Biden administration now that the party has a majority, the White House has stayed mostly silent on strategy. That changed Thursday morning, when White House Special Counsel Richard Sauber announced he plans to effectively reset the clock come Jan. 3 and ignore the long list of investigative requests already sent by Republican Reps. James Comer of Kentucky and Jim Jordan of Ohio — the incoming chairs for the Oversight and Judiciary Committees, respectively.
Still, the investigations are expected to officially begin in earnest sometime in the coming weeks and months.