The White House intends to urge the top executives of several mainstream news outlets to “ramp up” their scrutiny of House Republicans one day after House Speaker Kevin McCarthy opened an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden, according to a draft letter obtained by CNN.
"It's time for the media to ramp up its scrutiny of House Republicans for opening an impeachment inquiry based on lies," Ian Sams, a spokesman for the White House Counsel's Office, wrote in the draft letter, which is expected to be sent on Wednesday.
The news organizations that will receive the letter include CNN, the New York Times, Fox News, the Associated Press, CBS News, and many others, according to a separate White House official.
"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," Sams wrote.
"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," Sams continued.
The official White House letter comes as McCarthy (R., Calif.) announced an impeachment inquiry into Biden’s alleged involvement and influence in his son’s foreign business dealings, especially relating to the Ukrainian energy company Burisma.
The House speaker noted that House Oversight Committee chair James Comer (R., Ky.), with the help of House Judiciary Committee chair Jim Jordan (R., Ohio), will continue leading the investigation effort into the president and Hunter Biden.