President Joe Biden ran on a “transparency” ticket in 2020, promising to make the American public fully aware of what’s going on inside his administration and how they planned to work with Republicans.
However, according to the Washington Examiner, transparency isn’t exactly the current White House’s strong suit. As a matter of fact, as House Republicans carry through with promises to launch investigations, many of which involve directly or indirectly members of the Biden administration, the White House has completely refused to cooperate.
House Republicans are reportedly having to take extraordinary measures to find even a modicum of cooperation from Biden’s White House.
It’s not only Republicans having an especially difficult time getting the Biden administration to work with them, as several Democratic-controlled Senate committees have run into the same hurdles.
What’s going on?
The Examiner noted several examples of Biden’s White House beating around the bush on certain important matters, if not ignoring them completely.
In one example, Republicans on the House Oversight Committee asked White House counsel in early January to provide further information on the classified documents that were discovered in several Biden-connected offices and in his Delaware-based residence.
Specifically, the committee reasonably requested visitors’ logs “and all communications between the White House and the National Archives and Records Administration about the situation.”
In a response to the committee from White House counsel Stuart Delery, the attorney stated that his office would only consider “legitimate oversight interests.”
The National Archives, under the Biden administration, played its own version of the stonewalling game after Oversight members asked for information about the classified documents situation.
The Examiner noted:
The National Archives said in response to requests for information from the House Oversight Committee about its handling of the Biden and Trump classified document cases that it could not respond to most congressional document requests about the situation unless it got sign-off from the Justice Department.
Action after threats
In the developing story regarding the Biden family’s various financial transaction reports that House Republicans requested access to months ago, the Treasury Department finally buckled and provided the necessary documents after it was threatened with a congressional hearing by House Oversight Chairman James Comer (R-KY).
“For over 20 years, Congress had access to these reports but the Biden Administration changed the rules out of the blue to restrict our ability to conduct oversight,” Comer said in a statement.
He added, “It should never have taken us threatening to hold a hearing and conduct a transcribed interview with an official under the penalty of perjury for Treasury to finally accommodate part of our request.”
It doesn’t appear as if the Biden administration will ever play ball with Republicans at this point, which will undoubtedly result in a mountain of litigation on both sides for the foreseeable future.
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