The White House is gearing up for a growing army of staff to fend off potential Republican-led probes on everything from Hunter Biden to the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan — and taxpayers are footing the bill.
The White House will pay $265,000 per year to staff who will manage comms and defense of the administration against an approaching flood of subpoenas.
In May, the White House poached Richard A. Sauber, the top attorney for the Department of Veterans Affairs, to serve as a “deputy counsel to the president” tasked with handling House oversight probes. Ian Sams, a veteran of Vice President Harris’ failed 2020 presidential campaign, was hired to run official comms for the team. White House records indicate that the two men will be able to take home $110,000 and $155,000, respectively.
And the team is only expected to grow, the Washington Post reported — indicating that its staffing and operational expenditures will balloon further.