White House Hit with Republican Subpoenas Over Biden’s Health

House Republicans have issued subpoenas to three White House aides, accusing them of “running interference” for President Joe Biden and “doing the president’s job for him amid his declining cognitive state.”

Biden has been facing increasing speculation about his mental and neurological health, including ongoing pressure from some Democratic lawmakers to withdraw his candidacy in the 2024 presidential election, following a widely panned performance in last month’s debate with former President Donald Trump.

The Republican-controlled House Oversight Committee announced on Wednesday that Chairman James Comer had subpoenaed Biden aides Ashley Williams, Annie Tomasini and Anthony Bernal, alleging that they are “running interference for President Biden and doing the President’s job for him amid his declining cognitive state.”

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President Joe Biden on Wednesday is pictured during the NATO summit in Washington, D.C. House Republicans issued subpoenas for three Biden aides who they allege are “running interference” as Biden faces a “declining cognitive state.”…

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“The White House has shielded three key aides from testifying about President Biden’s mishandling of classified documents and now we’ve learned through reporting these same aides are also seeking to cover up President Biden’s declining cognitive state inside the White House,” Comer said in a statement.

“President Biden is clearly unfit for office, yet his staff are trying to hide the truth from the American people. Key White House staff must come before our committee so we can provide the transparency and accountability that Americans deserve.”

In an email to Newsweek on Wednesday evening, Ian Sams, spokesperson for the White House Office of Counsel to the President and special assistant to the president, denounced the subpoenas as a “baseless political stunt” designed to produce anti-Biden “headlines.”

“Like everything Congressman Comer has done over the past year, these subpoenas are a baseless political stunt intended for him to get media attention instead of engage in legitimate oversight,” Sams wrote.

“His partisan attacks on the President have been discredited, and now he continues to debase the House by weaponizing subpoenas to get headlines instead of seeking information through the proper constitutional process,” he added.

Comer’s three subpoena cover letters, sent to White House Counsel Edward Siskel on Wednesday, all cite an anonymously sourced Axios report from last week claiming that a “protective bubble” had been formed around a supposedly declining Biden inside the White House.

According to Axios, an anonymous from a former Biden aide said that “Annie, Ashley and Anthony create a protective bubble around POTUS,” with Biden relying heavily “on staff to nudge him with reminders of who he’s meeting, including former staffers and advisers who Biden should easily remember without a reminder from Annie.”

White House spokesperson Andrew Bates denounced the report as “anonymous sniping” in comments to Axios, insisting that “the claims about these individuals—whose professionalism and character are respected across the administration—are inaccurate.”

The White House has been attempting to quell the furor over Biden’s alleged decline following the debate, repeatedly making it clear that the president has no intention of withdrawing his candidacy and arguing that he is not suffering from any serious mental or neurological health issue.

Biden’s physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, issued a memo on Monday clarifying that multiple visits to the White House this year by a neurologist specializing in Parkinson’s disease were not to treat the president, while also asserting that Biden “has not seen a neurologist outside of his annual physical.”