WATCH: Jen Psaki Suggests GOP Oversight Chair Is 'Being Co-Opted By Foreign Agent'

July 17, 2023

Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki suggested House Oversight Committee chairman James Comer (R., Ky.) is "being co-opted by a foreign agent" in an interview aired Sunday.

"How concerned are you that James Comer—the chairman of the committee—was, knowingly, unknowingly, working with, co-opted by a foreign agent?" Psaki asked Rep. Jamie Raskin (D., Md.) during her MSNBC show Inside with Jen Psaki.

Psaki was referring to Gal Luft, a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen who was recently indicted by New York prosecutors for acting as an unregistered foreign agent, brokering arms deals for Chinese companies, and violating sanctions against Iran, among other charges. Republicans in the Oversight Committee under Comer's leadership had pointed to Luft as a key witness, saying he had damaging information on corruption in the Biden family.

Both Raskin and Psaki pushed unfounded allegations that former president Donald Trump colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election. Raskin argued for revoking the security clearance of Jared Kushner, who was a senior adviser to then-president Trump, while Psaki tweeted in 2017 there was "a lot we know" about Trump-Russia connections.

Raskin did not answer Psaki's suggestion directly, saying instead that he is "concerned that the House Oversight Committee, which has a very proud history ... is suddenly being compromised in a really serious way. Our legitimacy is being eroded by the tactics adopted by Chairman Comer."

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