Republicans have identified 42 officials from President Joe Biden’s administration to testify next year after their party takes control of the House of Representatives, a report has claimed. The named officials are expected to appear after the Republicans regained control of the lower chamber.
According to Reuters, 19 Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee wrote letters on November 18 to White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain and other senior administration figures requesting testimony on topics like border security, threats against school boards, and allegations of bias within the FBI and Justice Department.
The Grand Old Party, led by incoming committee chairman Jim Jordan, wrote in a letter to Klain: “We expect your unfettered cooperation in arranging for the Committee to receive testimony,”
Similar letters went to US Attorney General Merrick Garland, FBI director Christopher Wray, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona.
The letters represent the House Judiciary Committee’s first request for testimony and documents since Republicans won a narrower-than-expected House majority on Wednesday.
Trump was impeached twice by Congress under Democrats, once over allegations of pressuring Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden and his son Hunter ahead of the 2020 presidential election, and once over the assault on the US Capitol in January 2021.
On Thursday, the incoming Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee said his panel would make investigating Mr Biden and his family’s business dealings its top priority.
The lawmakers said the inquiry would also focus on overseas business dealings of the POTUS’ son Hunter.
The 52-year-old is already under federal investigation but has so far not faced any charges.
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They accused Hunter Biden of crimes including tax evasion and wire fraud, but did not announce any immediate plans to summon him to testify.
Christopher Clark, a lawyer for Hunter Biden, told the BBC his client had no comment about the Republican announcement.