Congressional Republicans are doing exactly what they promised to do if the American people gave them control of the House, and the Oval Office is feeling the heat.
Biden administration officials are on the defensive from an onslaught of congressional investigations into potential misdoings. It was thoroughly expected after Democrats looked the other way for the first two years of the president’s term in office.
NPR reported on Monday that White House attorneys and strategists are currently utilizing a suite in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building formerly controlled by the secretary of war.
And make no mistake, they are still war rooms.
House Republicans are targeting the weaponization of the federal government against conservatives, the many alleged misdeeds of Hunter Biden, and the bumbling withdrawal from Afghanistan. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
The Biden campaign is accused of conspiring with Big Tech to unlawfully suppress the Hunter Biden laptop story in the weeks prior to the 2020 presidential election. The First Amendment issues tied up with this explosive scandal should keep White House attorneys awake at night.
Accountability is coming.https://t.co/zABmcBPgnr
— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) February 28, 2023
Before January, congressional Democrats and their media allies ignored calls for inquiries by frustrated Republicans. Allegations were summarily written off as “Russian disinformation” or “conspiracy theories.”
But those days are officially over. The power of congressional oversight is now at work, and multiple misdeeds that were swept under the rug are instead getting dragged into the daylight by subpoenas and reluctant testimony.
There is a quite active block of House GOP members that, if nothing else yet, is causing much consternation in the Biden White House. And with recent indications pointing towards a reelection bid next year, the headache for the Oval Office should only continue.
As former Obama political adviser Eric Schultz told NPR, even “hints” of scandal or possible improprieties dig into Biden’s base of support. And, of course, he is already a spectacularly unpopular president.
Indications are, however, that the president and his inner circle are extremely aware of the dangers of taking congressional investigations less than seriously. If nothing else, their use of the “war room” is a clue to how intense of a period it is for the White House.