Tuesday, December 5, 2023

House Speaker Mike Johnson to Call Vote On Biden Impeachment Probe Amid ‘stonewalling’; Johnson Says Vote on Biden Impeachment Inquiry is 'necessary step' After WH 'stonewalled' GOP Investigations

House Speaker Mike Johnson to call vote on Biden impeachment probe amid ‘stonewalling’:
House Speaker Mike Johnson will call a House vote to formally open an impeachment inquiry against President Biden — a “necessary step” after weeks of White House “stonewalling,” he said Saturday.
“We’re being stonewalled by the White House,” Johnson told Fox News, describing how House committees have been methodically stymied in their attempts to probe corruption allegations in connection with son Hunter Biden’s questionable foreign business earnings.
“They’re preventing at least two to three DOJ witnesses from coming forward, a former White House counsel,” Johnson said. “The White House has withheld thousands of pages of evidence.”
The vote will likely come this month, before the House takes a holiday break on Dec. 15.
On Friday, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer told a closed-door meeting of Republican lawmakers that the administration had produced just 14 of about 82,000 pages of Biden’s emails that he sent or received under pseudonyms during his eight-year vice presidency.
Hunter Biden, 53, and the president’s brother James, 73, are both due to testify under subpoena this month about the family’s interactions with business partners from China, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Russia and Ukraine. --->READ MORE HERE
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Johnson says vote on Biden impeachment inquiry is 'necessary step' after WH 'stonewalled' GOP investigations:
'I think it's something we have to do at this juncture,' House Speaker Mike Johnson told Fox News
House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., is looking to move forward with a formal impeachment inquiry vote against President Biden, saying that it is a "necessary step" as the White House continues to stonewall investigations by House Republicans into alleged wrongdoing by the Biden family.
Johnson's remarks came during a Saturday appearance on "Fox & Friends Weekend," where he, along with House GOP conference chair Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., spoke to several topics and were asked about plans to bring forth a vote on impeachment.
"It's become a necessary step," he said. "Elise and I both served on the impeachment defense team of Donald Trump twice when the Democrats used it for brazen, partisan political purposes. We decried that use of it. This is very different. Remember, we are the rule of law team. We have to do it very methodically."
"Our three committees of jurisdiction — judiciary, oversight, ways and means — have been doing an extraordinary job following the evidence where it leads," he continued. "But now we're being stonewalled by the White House, because they're preventing at least two to three DOJ witnesses from coming forward, a former White House counsel, the national archives . . . the White House has withheld thousands of pages of evidence."
Reaffirming his belief in moving forward with the process, Johnson said a "formal impeachment inquiry vote on the floor will allow [Republicans] to take it to the next necessary step."
"I think it's something we have to do at this juncture," he added.
Johnson's comments came after multiple Republicans said Friday that a vote to formalize the impeachment inquiry of President Biden is likely to come before the House of Representatives breaks for the December recess.
House Rules Committee Chairman Tom Cole, R-Okla., told reporters he expected his committee to get the legislation "sometime next week," which will likely tee up a House-wide vote shortly thereafter. --->READ MORE HERE
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