Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Here Are The 42 Biden Administration Officials House Republicans Have Put On Notice

House Republicans are wasting no time to get their agenda underway as they prepare to take control of the lower chamber, alerting at least 42 officials in the Biden administration that they will be expected to testify in a slew of GOP-led investigations early next year.
Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee have sent letters to White House chief of staff Ron Klain and other top Biden administration officials, requesting testimony from a number of officials. The testimony is expected to be used for the party’s investigations into border security, suspected bias within the FBI and the Department of Justice, and the financial dealings of President Joe Biden’s son Hunter.
“The American people elected a new House Republican majority because the past two years of one-party Democrat rule have failed America,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who is set to become House speaker in the next Congress. “These actions by the Biden administration deserve oversight and accountability, which Republicans will pursue in the new Congress. … Every congressional committee has an oversight responsibility, and we intend to finally get the answers the American people deserve.”
The House Judiciary Committee sent five letters on Nov. 18 requesting testimony from certain Biden administration officials, including in the White House, the Department of Homeland Security, the DOJ, the FBI, and the Department of Education.
Here’s a breakdown of the 42 Biden administration officials who are expected to testify before Republicans next Congress:
White House staff
In a letter to Klain, the group of 19 Republicans led by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) requested testimony from four White House staff members in relation to “the Biden Administration’s misuse of federal criminal and counterterrorism resources to target concerned parents at school board meetings.”
The request comes after Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a memo to law enforcement officials in October 2021 instructing them to address reported threats targeting school board officials, teachers, and school administrators. The memo came in response to a letter from the National School Boards Association a month earlier asking the Biden administration to investigate such threats.
However, the NSBA request has come under scrutiny by House Republicans who say the Executive Office of the President was involved in sending the letter, resulting in “collusion.”
The House Judiciary Committee requests testimony from the following White House officials:
Mary C. Wall — Senior adviser of the COVID-19 Response Team
Julie C. Rodriguez — Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
Katherine Pantangco — Policy adviser for intergovernmental affairs
Nezly Silva — Senior policy analyst for intergovernmental affairs
Department of Education
House Republicans have also requested the testimony of three officials inside the Department of Education for its investigation into the Biden administration’s alleged involvement with the NSBA letter. They are:
Kimberly Watkins-Foote — Director of the national engagement division
Larry Bowden — Senior adviser to the secretary
Nicholas Simmons — Special assistant to the Office of the Secretary
Department of Homeland Security --->LOTS MORE HERE
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