After hearing from their constituents at Walmart over the Thanksgiving holiday, House Republicans are more likely to impeach President Joe Biden, according to Representative James Comer, head of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, who made the announcement on Sunday.
While serving as Obama’s vice president, Biden has been the subject of a Republican investigation into bribery and other charges that he interfered in and profited from his son Hunter’s business transactions in China and Ukraine. The president’s administration and Biden’s legal team have both disputed the claims, and Democrats have criticized the Republican-led impeachment investigations for allegedly failing to uncover any substantial proof against Biden.
After the investigation into Biden’s potential impeachment has concluded, the Judiciary Committee will determine whether or not to prepare articles of impeachment for a House vote. According to Comer, a referendum might be held as early as 2024.
Comer, a Republican from Kentucky, was asked by Maria Bartiromo, host of Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures With Maria Bartiromo, whether he believes there are enough votes in the House to initiate a formal investigation into Biden’s impeachment.
According to Comer, moderate Republicans in the House have listened to their constituents at Walmart over Thanksgiving, which has made them more inclined to vote in favor of an investigation into Biden’s impeachment.
I am. A journalist once asked me, “What’s changed?” One thing has changed, and I’ll tell you about it. During Thanksgiving, something wonderful occurred. After a hiatus of more than ten weeks, the members returned home, with many experiencing home sickness for the first time. Along with Main Street and Walmart, they encountered individuals. Members of their constituents were thus heard. Their logic went something like, “How did the Bidens get so much money from our enemies all over the globe and then not pay taxes on it?”
According to Comer, the Bidens should face consequences for their involvement in public wrongdoing since their constituents expressed their desire for progress, truth-telling, and accountability. “So I’m confident we’re going to have the votes to move forward with this impeachment inquiry.”
Several members of the president’s family, including his son Hunter Biden and brother James Biden, have been subpoenaed by Comer as part of the impeachment investigation. December 13 is the date set for Hunter Biden’s deposition, while December 6 is the date set for the president’s brother.
Comer stated last week on Fox News that the investigation has yielded “many smoking guns” from the Oversight panel. Nevertheless, a number of House members have publicly stated that the evidence does not sway them to vote to impeach Biden on corruption charges.
Colorado Republican and member of the conservative Freedom Caucus Ken Buck said in an opinion piece published in September by The Washington Post: “Trump’s impeachment in 2019 was a disgrace to the Constitution and a disservice to Americans.” Buck had voted twice against impeaching former President Donald Trump. Representing the GOP in 2023 will not be much better.
While responding to Bartiromo’s query on Sunday regarding the necessity of a majority vote to remove Biden from office, Comer criticized Buck, saying, “The majority is so slim, even less now with George Santos being expelled this week, right?”
Like, “Yeah, it’s tough,” Comer concurred. In my opinion, we risk having to let one or two people go. Ken Buck, for example, always votes nay. Attempting to be the next MSNBC anchor is definitely something he’s doing to the best of his ability.
To achieve the 218 vote mark, which is necessary for articles of impeachment to be considered on the floor, nearly universal Republican support is required, given the GOP’s slim majority in the House. Presumably, not a single House Democrat will back the proposal.
The supposed evidence in the Biden impeachment investigation has been criticized before.
In October, Comer shared a photo of a $200,000 check that Biden’s brother James and sister-in-law Sara sent to the president in 2018, which he said proved Biden’s wrongdoing. This cheque, purportedly for a loan repayment, arrived at James Biden’s bank account on the same day that Americore Health LLC deposited two hundred thousand dollars into his account in 2018.
Since Comer made the announcement, many on X (previously Twitter) have mocked the congressman’s claim, pointing out that the check was plainly written out to Biden and that the money was delivered as a “loan repayment” before he was president.
According to an October X tweet by White House spokesman for oversight and investigations Ian Sams, Comer was “desperate” to divert attention away from Republicans’ continued failure to choose a new House speaker following Kevin McCarthy’s ouster.
According to Comer, the president’s involvement in his family’s businesses may have enriched him personally, and the return of the loan calls this into doubt.
“Even if this was a personal loan repayment, it’s still troubling that Joe Biden’s ability to be paid back by his brother depended on the success of his family’s shady financial dealings,” he said in his video statement disclosing the discovery in October, even though it included a personal loan.