(TargetLiberty.org) – Recently, House Republicans have announced their intention to initiate a formal impeachment inquiry against President Biden. This decision was confirmed by the Rules Committee chair after a private GOP conference meeting. The committee plans to bring the matter to the Rules Committee within the next two weeks.
The Republicans held two meetings this week to discuss the investigation and the potential benefits of holding a formal vote on the inquiry. GOP members who attended the meeting mentioned that they were briefed by the three committee chairs leading the investigation. They also deliberated on whether a formal vote would enhance the credibility of the inquiry, especially in light of the White House’s resistance to their subpoenas.
Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) highlighted that the committee chairs have encountered obstacles due to the White House and others not cooperating without an official impeachment inquiry. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), the House Rules Chair, mentioned that a vote could be scheduled as early as next Wednesday, and then it would proceed to the full House floor.
The Republican party seems divided over the strategy of pursuing an impeachment inquiry against Biden, who is currently facing low approval ratings. Some GOP lawmakers have expressed doubts about proceeding with impeachment without concrete evidence of wrongdoing by the president.
Although a formal impeachment by the House is unlikely to result in a conviction in the Democratic-majority Senate, the move is seen by some as a political strategy. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) warned that an actual impeachment vote could be politically detrimental.
The House GOP’s investigation into Hunter Biden’s business dealings has not substantiated their most serious allegation—that President Biden accepted a bribe related to his role as vice president in dealings with Ukraine.
The House Oversight and Accountability Committee’s first impeachment hearing was criticized, as Democrats managed to get several GOP witnesses to testify that there wasn’t enough evidence to justify impeaching Biden. However, a vote to formalize the inquiry would affirm the ongoing process, which the leadership might secure votes for, even from those who have reservations.
GOP lawmakers suggest that a vote is imminent, aiming to address member questions and avoid surprises. Rep. Dan Bishop (R-N.C.) noted that while some members may have reservations, the overall sentiment in the conference seemed in favor of proceeding with the inquiry.
In response, the White House has refuted Republican claims of obstruction and stonewalling, citing extensive cooperation in terms of document submissions and testimonies. The White House’s memo highlighted the submission of thousands of pages of financial records and testimonies from various officials.
House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-Ky.) stated that the GOP is preparing for potential legal battles and is taking measures to ensure success in court. This step is seen as a way to strengthen the GOP’s position in securing further depositions and documents.
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