House Republicans Ready For Formal Impeachment Inquiry Into Biden
House Oversight Chairman James Comer (R-KY) believes Republicans would gather enough votes to formalize the corruption-focused impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden. This development comes in response to media reports suggesting that the GOP-led House faced challenges in securing sufficient votes due to concerns from a small group of moderates.
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Comer shared an encouraging update in an interview on Fox News on Sunday, saying, “A great thing happened during Thanksgiving. The members went home, many of them for the first time and circulated for the first time in over ten weeks, and they met people in Walmart and people on Main Street.”
During their time away from Washington, members of Congress heard from their constituents, who voiced their strong desire for the advancement of the impeachment inquiry into whether the business practices of Biden’s family members contributed to corruption in government.
This sentiment is fueled by the growing evidence uncovered in the investigation, including a money trail that traces millions of dollars from foreign countries.
Comer emphasized the unity among House Republicans on the issue, even amid internal divisions.
“So we are unified at a time when I think it’s no secret our conference is broken in a lot of ways. The members have heard from their constituents back home. They have confidence in the credibility of our investigation and the mountains of evidence that we have accumulated. So I’m confident we’re going to have the votes to move forward with this impeachment inquiry,” he shared.
However, Comer acknowledged the challenges posed by the slim margin House Republicans have in approving a formal impeachment inquiry. Given the likelihood that Democrats would vote as a bloc against the endeavor, he expressed fear that the recent loss of Rep. George Santos (R-NY) due to an expulsion vote would make their efforts even more difficult.
“Yes, it’s tough. I think we can lose one or two members,” he stated while remaining optimistic and emphasizing the importance of the impeachment effort in the eyes of their members.
The House is expected to conduct a vote to formalize the inquiry, a step that then-House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) had failed to cross when he announced the probe in September. Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), who assumed leadership a little over a month ago, underscored the necessity of formalizing the inquiry due to what he described as “stonewalling” by the White House regarding witnesses and documentation.
While the White House has denied allegations of obstruction and provided a list of documents and personnel available to congressional investigators, GOP investigators argue that Biden and his team have not cooperated with crucial inquiry efforts.