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Speaker Johnson believes he has the votes to authorize the “necessary” impeachment inquiry into Biden

House Speaker Mike Johnson announced Saturday that he believes he has enough votes to begin an official impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden.

Appear on Fox News”Fox & Friends Weekend” alongside House GOP conference chairwoman Elise Stefanik argued that launching an official investigation is “necessary” because of the ongoing obligation of the Biden White House.

“It has become a necessary step,” he 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.”

“Our three jurisdictional committees (Judiciary, Oversight, Ways and Means) have been doing an extraordinary job of following the evidence where it leads. But now we're being shut down by the White House, because they're preventing at least two or three witnesses from of the DOJ come forward, a former White House lawyer, the national archives … the White House has withheld thousands of pages of evidence,” he added.

Hear some of what he had to say below:

Johnson also believes he has enough Republican votes to launch the investigation without any Democratic support.

How soon can this happen, NBC news notes that “Republicans walk out of a closed-door conference meeting [on Friday] indicated that the House could vote to formally authorize an impeachment inquiry into the president as early as next week.”

“That's the plan,” Rep. Ralph Norman told reporters.

“The sooner the better,” added James Comer, chairman of the House Oversight Committee. “I think our conference went home last week and they heard people from Walmart, people from Main Street who were like finding out the truth about Joe Biden's knowledge and involvement in his family business.”

Some might be wondering what the difference is between what's happening now and what happened in September, when then-Speaker Kevin McCarthy ostensibly opened his own impeachment inquiry.

The problem was that McCarthy did not conduct an actual impeachment inquiry vote. He informally opened an investigation, as former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did during former President Donald Trump's tenure, leaving the door open to impeachment.

“The White House is now saying they don't want to cooperate,” Rep. Mike Lawler told NBC News. “We've already seen bank records that have come out pretty discordant and contradict what the president said during the 2020 presidential campaign. So there are a lot of questions. We'll see what the speaker decides with the process as we go forward.”

Also speaking to the network, Rep. Nick LaLota vowed to vote for the inquiry.

“The investigation: nobody should be afraid of it,” he said. “It's just mere elicitation of facts and it gives more power to subpoenas. And there seems to be a lot of smoke around where the president and his family have made their money overseas. The American public he deserves to know the facts about how the president and his family earned this money.”

Democrats, of course, are not happy.

“They've been at it for 10 months. They haven't found one single piece of evidence that President Biden was involved in any crime, a crime, a misdemeanor, much less an impeachable crime,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin, the top Democrat on the Oversight Committee, on NBC News.

“There is simply nothing. I would like to teach them that the Constitution does not define impeachment as an opportunity to explain political disagreements. The impeachment is for high crimes and misdemeanors against the union. And so we are dealing with people who it's literally constitutional idiots,” he added.

Note that the “constitutional morons” on the left twice impeached former President Trump based on virtually nothing, resulting in the former president being acquitted both times.

The White House, for its part, has affirmed that it has not stopped.

“White House counsel's office spokesman Ian Sams insisted Friday that Biden had cooperated with congressional document requests, providing “more than 35,000 pages of private financial records” and “more than 2,000 pages of Treasury Department financial reports,” according to the New York Post.

But Republicans maintain that the documents and records turned over did not include key evidence, such as Air Force Two flight manifests, visitor logs for Biden's Delaware residences, details about Hunter Biden's art sales and the contents of the president's classified documents. was caught with.


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