Inside the White House's months of prep-work for a GOP investigative onslaught
November 17, 2022 at 19:12
Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesAlong with Sauber, this spring the White House hired veteran Democratic communications aide Ian Sams as spokesman for the White House counsel’s office.
Top Biden adviser Anita Dunn returned to the White House in the spring, in part to oversee the administration’s preparations for a GOP-controlled Congress.
The Justice Department is also bracing for investigations, bringing in well-known government transparency attorney Austin Evers to help respond to legislative oversight.
With little chance of passing much legislation in a deadlocked Congress, investigations are shaping up to be the focal point of how a House Republican majority wields its power.
White House officials believe Republicans are bound to overstep and that their investigative overreach will backfire with the American public.
Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, attends a ceremony at the White House on Thursday, July 7, 2022.
While that group will work with Sauber’s team at the White House, State Department officials expect to take the lead in handling GOP inquiries into Afghanistan.
McCaul and Secretary of State Antony Blinken have historically had a good relationship, which State Department officials are hoping will be an important factor.
And House Republican aides said they plan to explore the administration’s willingness to work with them before issuing subpoenas.
While it was expected to be put out earlier this year, State Department officials said the White House is making that determination, and they are unsure of where that decision stands.
House Republicans want to see that report.
“The American people are pushing back, and saying we want government to work.”That is exactly the calculation the White House and congressional Democrats are making.