Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has dropped a bombshell by accusing the White House of trying to threaten the media into not covering the corruption scandal involving Democrat President Joe Biden and his family.
Gaetz accused the Biden White House of attempting a cover-up during an appearance on Eric Bolling’s Newsmax show.
“The White House is directly trying to threaten media outlets from covering Joe Biden’s corruption,” Gaetz said.
“They want no mention of the bank records, travel logs, devices, communications, bribes, and more that builds this massive case for impeachment.”
The White House is directly trying to THREATEN media outlets from covering Joe Biden’s corruption.
They want no mention of the bank records, travel logs, devices, communications, bribes, and more that builds this massive case for impeachment. pic.twitter.com/JfGS7Ga8SK
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) September 14, 2023
Gaetz was referring to a memo, titled “It’s Time For The Media To Do More To Scrutinize House Republicans’ Demonstrably False Claims That They’re Basing Impeachment Stunt On.”
It was sent by White House spokesperson Ian Sams to media outlets.
The memo says in part:
“It’s time for the media to ramp up its scrutiny of House Republicans for opening an impeachment inquiry based on lies.
“When even House Republican members are admitting that there is simply no evidence that Joe Biden did anything wrong, much less impeachable, that should set off alarm bells for news organizations.
“For years, Republicans in Congress have tried to muddy the waters by attracting media coverage of their allegations, and as they choose to move forward with impeachment, it is the responsibility of the independent press to treat their claims with the appropriate scrutiny.
“Covering impeachment as a process story – Republicans say X, but the White House says Y – is a disservice to the American public who relies on the independent press to hold those in power accountable.
“And in the modern media environment, where every day liars and hucksters peddle disinformation and lies everywhere from Facebook to Fox, process stories that fail to unpack the illegitimacy of the claims on which House Republicans are basing all their actions only serve to generate confusion, put false premises in people’s feeds, and obscure the truth.
“House Republican leaders should be held accountable for the fact that they are lurching toward impeachment over allegations that are not only unfounded but, in virtually all cases, have been actively disproven – including by witnesses and documents in their own investigations, as well as years-old congressional probes and even the former President’s first impeachment inquiry.
“As you begin to cover the House GOP’s impeachment push more intensely, enclosed you will find a 14-page appendix that comprehensively addresses the 7 key lies House Republicans are suggesting they are basing an impeachment on.
“We hope this document helps provide you with factual information useful in your reporting on their unprecedented, unfounded claims underlying an impeachment inquiry without any evidence of wrongdoing,” the letter says.