House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) is looking to move forward with a formal vote on an impeachment inquiry against President Biden, calling it a “necessary step” as the White House continues to impose investigations into House Republicans on alleged wrongdoing by the Biden family. .
Johnson made the remarks during an appearance on “Fox & Friends Weekend,” where he, along with House GOP Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (RNY), discussed several issues and was asked about the plans to conduct a vote on impeachment.
“It's become a necessary step,” Johnson said. “Elise and I were on Donald Trump's impeachment defense team twice when Democrats used it for blatant, partisan political purposes. We denounced that use. This is very different. Remember, we are the rule of law team. We have to do it very methodically.”
Johnson said the three House committees investigating Biden and his family — the Judiciary, Oversight and Ways and Means — have been doing an “extraordinary job of following the evidence where it leads,” but the House Blanca blocks them.
“The White House has withheld thousands of pages of evidence,” Johnson said.
House Rules Committee Chairman Tom Cole (R-Okla.) told reporters he expects his committee to take up the legislation “sometime next week,” which would likely lead to a vote in the whole House shortly afterwards.
Rep. Carlos Giménez (R-Fla.) said he anticipates a full House vote “before we break” on Dec. 15.
“I think every Republican should be convinced to vote for the impeachment inquiry, there's a lot of smoke,” Giménez said.
The push to formalize the impeachment inquiry comes after former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) ordered the House to open an impeachment inquiry into Biden in September. However, the White House has dismissed the investigation as illegitimate without a formal vote on the matter.
The administration's resistance to cooperating with subpoenas from House investigators has inspired even Republicans in districts won by Biden in 2020 to support formalizing the investigation.
Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) told Fox News Digital, “This is what the administration has asked for.”
“The administration made it very clear, they weren't really going to work with our constitutional authority, unless we voted. Good,” Schweikert said.
House Democrats have rejected the impeachment inquiry, calling it a “sham investigation designed to satisfy President Trump's demands for retribution.”
“Instead of accepting these facts, Republicans have resorted to the selection and distortion of facts to justify the continuation of this bogus investigation,” read a memo from House Democrats.
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