The White House has claimed that allegations of bribery, influence-peddling, and corruption against Democrat President Joe Biden and his family and nothing more than “conspiracy theories.”
On Monday, White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates refused to answer questions on “conspiracy theories” of corruption within the Biden family.
Bates was grilled about the many Biden family scandals as he spoke with reporters aboard Air Force One.
Questions are rightly mounting ahead of a likely House vote this week to launch a formal impeachment inquiry against President Biden.
The press also has questions about the possible appearance of his son, Hunter Biden, for a deposition before the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees on Wednesday.
“I am not going to weigh in on that process except to say that President Biden is laser-focused on the issues that matter most to American families,” Bates said.
“You see him today getting ready to deliver for firefighters in Philadelphia.
“Like I mentioned, we’re making a historic announcement in advanced manufacturing to keep bringing jobs back from overseas.”
“He’s focused on what matters to American families, not Marjorie Taylor Greene’s conspiracy theories about his own family,” he added.
Rep. Greene (R-GA) is a supporter of impeaching Biden and a member of the GOP often targeted by Democrats for political attacks.
House Republicans hope to hold the formal vote on whether to officially launch the inquiry this week.
However, they are facing opposition from Democrats and some members within their own party.
GOP opposition to the inquiry has been shrinking as those members representing districts Biden won in 2020 have begun to back the move.
This includes Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) who told Politico he was switching from opposing the inquiry to supporting it because of the increased likelihood Biden would cooperate.
“The president is saying he isn’t going to provide information until we get an inquiry, so I went from a no to a yes,” he told the outlet.
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) has spearheaded the sprawling investigation into Biden.
The probe has focused on Hunter, his various foreign business dealings, and the money he got from them.
The committee hosted an impeachment inquiry hearing in September as part of that probe.
The White House has repeatedly said that Biden did nothing wrong and had no knowledge of his son’s business dealings.
Additionally, the Oversight and Judiciary Committees posted an official notice last week for Hunter’s closed-door deposition on Wednesday.
The president’s son has so far been refusing to comply with the subpoena to testify behind closed doors.
Hunter’s attorney notified Comer and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) last week that the president’s son would only appear for testimony before the committee in a public setting.
Comer and Jordan subsequently threatened to hold him in contempt of Congress if he fails to appear for his deposition.