CNN host Phil Mattingly questioned the White House Spokesperson for Oversight and Investigations, Ian Sams, on recent GOP talking points surrounding the Biden impeachment effort. Last week, Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to formalize the impeachment inquiry into President Biden.
The Biden administration official appeared on “CNN This Morning,” where Mattingly pressed Sams if he disputed the claims of Republicans. “On the point you’re making now, the question has been what underpins the process here, what underpins the allegations here? And Speaker Mike Johnson in a USA Today opinion piece laid out what he said were the accusations that they are currently pursuing,” the CNN anchor stated.
Mattingly proceeded to lay out some of the accusations brought against Joe Biden, focusing on allegations that the president was involved in Hunter Biden’s questionable international business matters. The host drew on purported evidence and testimony suggesting that President Biden had interacted with his son’s business associates, received payments, and more.
“They include, from 2014 to 2019, Biden family members and affiliates have more than $15 million from foreign entities. There are 22 examples of President Biden speaking or meeting with Hunter Biden’s foreign business associates. Payments to President Biden from Hunter Biden’s business account. An interim report saying there’s special treatment of Hunter Biden from the Justice Department. A credible FBI source giving information about alleged bribe to then Vice President Biden and that the President and the White House have lied multiple times about his involvement in his family’s business schemes,” Mattingly continued. “Do you dispute all of these just outright?”
Sams rebuked these assertions, claiming there is no evidence to support these claims about the Biden family. The Biden administration official claimed that the Republican politicians are “making up lies” to thwart Biden’s presidency. Sams continued criticizing the GOP for trying to “score political points.”
“Not only do I dispute those outright, they’ve been debunked time and time again. Just two days ago, the day before the House held this vote, Republicans in Congress were telling your colleagues in the media that there is no evidentiary basis for them to pursue impeachment, that they’ve seen nothing, they don’t see the grounds for it, is what a Republican senator told Politico. So, they’re just making up lies to attack the president in a relentless smear campaign that, frankly, has been going on for four straight years now.”
“We went through an impeachment in the last administration over these same made-up allegations. And Republicans in the House are just rewinding the tape and running it again to try to score political points against the president instead of doing their actual jobs for the American people.” See footage of Mattingly questioning Sams on the impeachment probe below.
The American Tribune recently reported on comments from Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, illustrating the necessity to move forward and formalize the impeachment inquiry into President Biden. “We have no choice to fulfill our constitutional responsibility. We have to take the next step. We’re not making a political decision. It’s not. It’s a legal decision,” Johnson emphatically stated.
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