The White House is being criticized for sending a letter to the media asking reporters to increase its scrutiny of Republicans after the announcement of an impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden.
The letter was sent by Special Assistant to the President and spokesperson for the White House Counsel’s Office Ian Sams.
White House called out for letter to media urging 'scrutiny' on Biden impeachment inquiry: 'Outrageous'https://t.co/EhZdaW3xx8
— Wendy Kortepeter (@WKortepeter) September 14, 2023
"It is a call for media to tailor the coverage to push the position of the White House against this effort to ramp up the investigation into corruption. It is an approach that is already embraced by many in the media," Jonathan Turley wrote.
"The White House is now calling for the media to again form the wagons around the President and attack the impeachment effort as it did the laptop and the corruption investigation," he continued.
— New York Post (@nypost) September 13, 2023
"House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Tuesday ordered an impeachment inquiry into the president’s alleged involvement in his son Hunter Biden’s business deals in countries such as China and Ukraine," the New York Post reported.
“Through our investigations, we have found that President Biden did lie to the American people about his own knowledge of his family’s foreign business dealings,” the speaker charged, claiming that “these allegations paint a picture of a culture of corruption.”
Reporters have also expressed concern over the letter, noting that the White House should not be interfering in the reporting of the nation's free press.
Biden has continued to claim that he has not spoken with his son about business deals involving China and Ukraine that involved millions of dollars.
Growing evidence suggests otherwise, with the House Oversight Committee's investigation compiling information from whistleblowers and other sources.
The impeachment proceedings will be a major national headline and even a letter from the White House is not going to change the coverage of the upcoming investigation.