White House circulating 18-page memo pushing back on impeachment inquiry claims

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White House circulating 18-page memo pushing back on impeachment inquiry claims

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EXCLUSIVE — The White House is circulating an updated 18-page memo pushing back on the impeachment inquiry and rebuffing Republicans’ claims about President Joe Biden.

The memo, titled “House Republicans are basing their Biden impeachment stunt on false claims that have been repeatedly debunked,” is an update to a 16-page document circulated in September that laid out claims Republicans have made and uses witness testimony, reporting, and other publicly available information to push back on the claims.

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“House Republicans have consistently falsely claimed the President was part of an international criminal bribery scheme, in which he was involved in Hunter and Jim Biden’s foreign business ventures and took money from foreign entities to influence U.S. policy decision-making,” the memo reads. “It’s clear that this ‘investigation’ is all politics and no evidence.”

This update to the memo includes and uses new developments that have occurred since the first memo was circulated to counter the investigation, including the impeachment inquiry hearing, the bank records House Republicans have released since September, new records from the National Archives, testimony from senior law enforcement officials (including special counsel David Weiss), and allegations that the administration is “stonewalling” the inquiry.

The memo comes as House Republicans plan to hold a floor vote to authorize the impeachment inquiry.

“Again and again, James Comer and other extreme House Republicans have shown that they are pursuing a baseless impeachment stunt — despite revealing no evidence of wrongdoing by Joe Biden — in a relentless effort to smear the President,” the memo reads.

On the claim that the administration was “stonewalling” the inquiry, the White House said in the memo that it provided “five hours of public testimony from AG Garland; Nearly six hours of testimony from FBI Director Wray” and “nearly seven hours of testimony from Special Counsel David Weiss — the first time a special counsel has ever testified to lawmakers in the middle of a probe.”

It pushes back on the claim that James Biden, the president’s brother, paying Joe Biden was nefarious, citing media reports that use bank records to show that Joe Biden, through an account controlled by his attorneys, sent his brother money on two occasions before receiving the same amount back.

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It also quotes the Republicans’ witnesses at an impeachment inquiry hearing testifying that they “do not believe that the current evidence would support articles of impeachment.”

The Washington Examiner has reached out to the House Oversight Committee for comment.

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