| 1 March 2024, Friday |

Republicans identify 42 Biden administration officials they want to testify

42 members of Democratic President Joe Biden’s White House and administration were named by Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday. These individuals are expected to appear after the Republicans regain control of the chamber in 2019.

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.

“We expect your unfettered cooperation in arranging for the Committee to receive testimony,” the Republicans, led by incoming committee chairman Jim Jordan, wrote in a letter to Klain.

Similar letters went to U.S. 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 Zelenskiy to investigate Biden and his son ahead of the 2020 presidential election, and once over the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol.

On Thursday, the incoming Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee said his panel would make investigating Biden and his family’s business dealings its top priority.

The Judiciary and Oversight probes are expected to be among a raft of Republican investigations into Biden and his administration next year. The list of investigatory topics also includes China, the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic and Biden’s chaotic withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan in August 2021.

  • Reuters