Speaker Mike Johnson suggests that President Biden may have committed impeachable offenses during his tenure.
Speaker Mike Johnson, who recently assumed office, has indicated that it's "very likely" President Biden has committed actions that could be deemed impeachable. This comes after a formal impeachment inquiry was initiated by then-Speaker Kevin McCarthy in September.
The inquiry primarily revolved around the question of whether President Biden was ever swayed by his son, Hunter Biden's business activities. This could potentially pave the way for an impeachment trial.
McCarthy had expressed concerns about "allegations of abuse of power, obstruction, and corruption" related to the president.
However, Biden has consistently refuted these allegations. Ian Sams, a White House spokesperson, stated that after nine months of investigation by House Republicans, no evidence of wrongdoing has been found.
He emphasized that even some GOP members have acknowledged this.
In a conversation with Fox News host Sean Hannity, Johnson shared his perspective. He believes that the evidence might point towards impeachable offenses. However, he stressed the importance of following due process.
Johnson remarked, "The reason we shifted to the impeachment inquiry stage on the president himself was because if, in fact, all the evidence leads to where we believe it will, that's very likely impeachable offenses."
He further elaborated on the constitutional grounds for impeachment, mentioning bribery among other crimes and misdemeanors, Newsweek reported.
He also emphasized the Republican party's commitment to the rule of law. Johnson added, "I know people are getting anxious and they're getting restless and they just want somebody to be impeached, but we don't do that like the other team. We have to base it on the evidence."
Matt Gaetz, a Republican representative from Florida, had previously described the impeachment inquiry as a "failure theater." He expressed skepticism about the intentions behind the impeachment effort under Kevin McCarthy.
However, Gaetz seems to have more faith in the process under Johnson's leadership. He believes that Johnson will handle the situation more judiciously, approaching it "like a lawyer" rather than someone desperately trying to retain power.
Furthermore, recent revelations have added more layers to the discussion. James Comer, the Republican House Oversight Committee Chairman, disclosed an image of a $200,000 check sent to Joe Biden by his brother, James Biden, in 2018.
Comer suggested that James Biden had received questionable loans from a hospital firm, leveraging the Biden family name.
In response to these claims, Ian Sams, on a platform formerly known as Twitter, clarified that the money was a repayment for a loan. He emphasized that President Biden had lent this money to his brother in 2018, during a time when he was not in office.
Sams criticized Comer's attempts to divert attention from the Republicans' internal issues. He stated, "Jamie Comer is pretty desperate to try to distract from Republicans' speaker mess. It's a loan repayment from when President Biden loaned his brother money. When he was out of office in 2018, no less. It's right there on the check!"
As the situation continues to evolve, the nation watches closely. The potential implications of these discussions could shape the political landscape for years to come.