The White House has hired two people to prepare for congressional investigations in case Republicans retake control of the House. Their combined starting salaries total $265,000 per year, according to White House records.
Among the actions expected almost immediately if the GOP gains a House majority is hearings on Hunter Biden’s alleged influence peddling. An FBI investigation of the president’s son announced in 2018 is still winding through the Justice Department as slow as molasses in January.
The Daily Mail further reported:
In May, Richard Sauber, the Department of Veterans Affairs top attorney, agreed to join the White House as ‘deputy counsel to the president’ and take on the role of handling probes from Congress.
Ian Sams, who once worked for the disastrous presidential campaign of Vice President Kamala Harris, and more recently for the Department of Health and Human Services, was also hired in May to officially run communications for the team of White House protectors.
Sauber will take home a salary of $155,000 annually, and Sams will earn $110,000, according to White House public records.
In a recent statement, Sams said of his new role, ‘As we have since the transition, we are ensuring the White House is prepared for the issues we are facing or will face in the future, and we have built and continue to build a strong legal team to conduct our work and serve the public and the President.’
Meanwhile, Republicans are preparing to gain control of the oversight reigns and have been making the rounds announcing some of their plans.
Rep. Jim Comer (R-Ky.) is on track to become the chair of the Oversight Committee should his party regain control of the lower chamber.
He’s said the Republican focus on Hunter Biden has little to do with his past and present troubles: drug addiction, paternity lawsuits, and the like. And everything to do with the security of American interests.
Comer recently called the younger Biden a ‘national security threat’ and is determined to investigate the family’s foreign business relationships which he believes could include ‘peddling access to the highest levels to enrich themselves to the detriment of U.S. interests.’
Comer has asked the Treasury Department to hand more details over, but so far, they have not done so.
‘Americans deserve transparency from President Biden about his family’s suspicious business dealings. But instead of providing transparency, the White House is hiring staff at the American taxpayers’ expense to stonewall congressional oversight and accountability,’ Comer told the New York Post.
‘Let’s be clear: no amount of Biden White House staff or stonewalling will stop Republicans’ quest for transparency and accountability on behalf of the American people,’ he added.
In a recent statement, Comer piled on to list of what aspects of the Biden family trust he wishes to investigate:
‘We know Hunter and James Biden racked up at least 150 suspicious activity reports for their shady foreign business dealings.
‘Even worse, we know Joe Biden was involved in the Biden family plan to sell America’s natural gas to China. If Joe Biden is compromised by his family’s business schemes, it is a threat to our national security.
‘As the federal investigation into Hunter Biden does not appear to encompass these many issues of concern, Oversight Committee Republicans will continue our quest for answers, transparency, and accountability on behalf of the American people,’ he said.
Hunter will not be the only subject Republicans will be taking a hard look at, should they regain a majority this fall.
Other topics on their laundry list of dream investigations include Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, the botched withdrawal of the US military from Afghanistan, the origins of the COVID-19 virus, the subsequent COVID-19 school closures, administration conversations about weapons sales to Ukraine, and the spending of taxpayer dollars on the efforts and production of the January 6 select committee.
Recently added to that list was the Justice Department’s approval of an FBI raid of former President Donald Trump’s southern resort home, Mar-a-Lago.
But Hunter Biden and his myriad troubles will remain a topline issue for the Biden White House, as Republicans view him as a window into the allegedly corrupt practices of the first family.
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