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STATEMENT: James Comer’s Political Stunts Have Begun

Jan 11, 2023

Washington D.C. – One of James Comer’s first acts as Chairman of the House Oversight Committee was to pursue his Trump-style political stunts pushed by MAGA Republicans to damage President Biden, sending a letter to the Department of Treasury requesting financial information on members of the President’s family. In response, Congressional Integrity Project senior advisor Brad Woodhouse said the following:

“It took less than a week for MAGA Republicans like James Comer to deploy the Trump playbook of confrontation and personal attacks by going after Joe Biden and his family. This is the same James Comer who hasn’t lifted a finger to investigate corruption by Trump’s family and his businesses. This gobsmacking hypocrisy and lack of credibility also exposes the lie that was the supposed GOP campaign platform last fall of crime, inflation, and border security. The focus on those issues was a distraction and a lie: their real agenda is politically motivated investigations to hurt Joe Biden and Democrats and to help themselves and Trump in future elections. Don’t take our word for it – James Comer has said it himself before and his actions today speak for themselves.”

But where was Comer during the Trump administration? At every turn, Comer looked the other way when corruption took place from inside the White House. Comer and House Republicans opposed issuing subpoenas, obtaining documents, and trying to get testimony to conduct legitimate oversight of the Trump family’s corruption.

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