House will subpoena Biden doctor, seek records of medical visits outside White House, Comer vows

Comer says president's mental health "the No. 1 issue in America" as he vows vigorous and fast probe.

Published: July 9, 2024 7:34pm

Updated: July 9, 2024 7:35pm

House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer vowed Tuesday evening to subpoena the White House physician if he does not volunteer information to Congress and to compel the release of information on any other medical visits President Joe Biden has attended outside the presidential mansion.

“This is the No. 1 issue in America,” Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., told the Just the News, No Noise television show hours before the deadline for White House Dr. Kevin O’Connor to cooperate was set to expire.

Comer’s threat came as White House visitor logs confirmed that a neurologist specializing in Parkinson’s disease visited the presidential mansion eight times in eight months, including to see O’Connor. The White House said the visits were part of Biden’s annual physical review and that the president does not suffer from Parkinson’s disease.

But the revelation alongside of Biden’s widely panned debate performance two weeks ago raised concerns among Democrats and the news media that the 46th president may be more frail and sick than the White House has acknowleged.

Comer’s committee demanded O’Connor’s cooperation in a bombshell letter Sunday that also revealed the White House physician may have given advice to the president’s brother James on a controversial business deal.

The chairman told Just the News his committee now wants to know whether Biden has gotten unannounced medical treatments when he goes to his home or beach house in Delaware or the presidential retreat at Camp David.

“That is a huge interest to the committee,” Comer said. “We want to know. And that's part of what we're going to ask Dr. O'Connor in a transcribed interview or deposition. It's his choice. He can come in voluntarily and do a transcribed interview or he can be subpoenaed and do a deposition. It's up to him.”

“We know about this Parkinson's expert going into the White House because the White House has logsm,” he added. “But we don't know if this person if this doctor was visiting Camp David, we don't know if this doctor was visiting Joe Biden's home in Delaware, places where he spent a significant percentage of his time as president, probably a majority of his time as president. So this begs a whole different question that I've been saying for a long time. There should be transparency so you know who the President meets with. We should have logs for Camp David and a president’s home, in addition to the White House.”

Asked how he will react if O’Connor doesn’t respond by the deadline, Comer said: “He will have that subpoena. It will be signed, sealed and delivered tomorrow. If he does not respond to us by I think midnight tonight or we'll give him the benefit of the doubt until 8 a.m. in the morning.”

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