House GOP Threatens Subpoenas, Funding Over Chinese Spy Balloon Debacle

Wed Feb 8, 2023 AT 10:49 AM EST

House Republicans are preparing to issue subpoenas to senior members of the intelligence community and withhold spending in order to get information about why it took President Joe Biden eight days to respond to the Chinese spy balloon.

The Biden administration has so far been tight-lipped on details about the balloon and the administration’s response to it, according to Republican members who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon Tuesday. They have concerns about the Chinese operation, including Biden’s hesitation to shoot the balloon down and an anonymous Department of Defense official alleging to the press that the Trump administration allowed three similar balloons to fly over the continental United States without a military response.

Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., said he is concerned that the public only became aware of the Chinese spy balloon after it was spotted by civilians. With Republicans in the majority, “subpoenas are well within our power,” Bost said, and could be “the stick in order to get people to come forward.” Bost also threatened to withhold spending if the Biden administration won’t give Congress answers. Read Full Story

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