“If you’re sitting in our position today, we wouldn’t know any of this if the Republicans hadn’t taken the majority. We just followed where the information led us. But … this is escalating to the level of an impeachment inquiry giving Congress the strongest power to obtain the rest of the knowledge and information it needs,” McCarthy told Hannity.
McCarthy added that Republicans « will follow this through to the end and this will arise out of an impeachment inquiry. »
McCarthy’s spokesmen did not immediately respond to questions seeking to clarify his remarks.
But McCarthy’s comments sparked an immediate pushback from the White House. Ian Sams, White House spokesman for investigations and oversight, the Republicans said « The enthusiasm to go after ‘Biden’ regardless of the truth is seemingly bottomless. »
« Instead of focusing on the real problems Americans want us to address, like continuing to reduce inflation or create jobs, this is what [House GOP] he wants to prioritize,” he added.
Republican House he had previously banked on a push to impeach Biden by Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) sending her bill to the committees.
But McCarthy has previously opened the door for an impeachment inquiry into Garland by House members if they could prove he lied when he said US Attorney David Weiss had full authority over the years-old investigation into Hunter Biden. Both Garland and Weiss denied the whistleblowers’ allegations. Republicans have painted an impeachment inquiry as a step that would allow them to determine whether or not to ultimately hold an impeachment vote.
The Department of Justice, in a letter obtained Monday by POLITICO, offered to have Weiss publicly testify before the House Judiciary Committee in late September or mid-October about the Hunter Biden investigation. Garland is already scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee in September as part of a routine oversight hearing.
Meanwhile, House Oversight Committee Republicans are launching a sprawling investigation into the affairs of Biden’s family members as they look for a connection to Joe Biden. Devon Archer, a former business partner of Hunter Biden, is expected to meet with the jury next week for a closed-door interview.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) he also released an FBI document, known as FD-1023, was at the center of the GOP’s Biden corruption probe last week. In a conversation detailed in the document, the confidential human source tells Burisma executive Mykola Zlochevsky claiming he paid a bribe to the Bidens. No evidence has emerged that Joe Biden took a bribe. The FBI said in a statement that the release of the document, which Grassley says he obtained from an informant, « at the very least — unnecessarily puts the security of a classified source at risk. »
Republicans have come under fierce pressure from their grassroots who can’t wait to see them impeach Biden or another high-ranking administration official after former President Donald Trump was impeached twice.
Such a move faces a high level within the GOP House conference, where they need near-total unity given their five-seat majority.
A swathe of House Republicans, ranging from Purple District frontliners to old-school pragmatists and even some in the conservative corner of the conference, have been skeptical of calls to impeach Garland or Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who has long been seen as their primary target.