James Comer says Biden impeachment inquiry launch 'imminent'

September 1, 2023

Amid seemingly daily revelations about his involvement in his son's questionable business dealings, it appears increasingly likely that President Joe Biden's undisturbed tenure in office could be coming to an end, provided that predictions made last week by House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-KY) come true.

As the Washington Examiner reports, during an appearance on Sean Hannity's Fox News primetime show last week, Comer declared that based on his panel's most recent findings, evidence of “Joe Biden's role in this family influence-peddling scheme continues to grow on a daily basis.”

Because of that, Comer stated, it is his belief that an impeachment inquiry into the president's conduct is “imminent.”

In support of that contention, Comer referenced discoveries about communications between then-Vice President Joe Biden and Hunter Biden at a time when the latter was involved in lucrative overseas business dealings, discourse the lawmaker says establishes that the president “was front and center in this.”

“He met with every one of these people that he claimed he never met with, that he never spoke to, and we are putting together the timeline where Hunter Biden was traveling to many of these countries on Air Force Two while Joe Biden was vice president,” Comer said.

Resistance from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in terms of providing Comer's committee with email communications containing pseudonyms the current president is suspected of having used during the time period in question has only fueled the congressman's stance that an impeachment inquiry is virtually unavoidable.

Comer went on to state, “There's consensus in our conference now that we are going to have to go to the impeachment inquiry. Obviously, that will be Speaker [Kevin] McCarthy's call, but I feel like we're there now, Sean. I feel like that is imminent.”

Signs from McCarthy himself appear to support Comer's suggestion about the inevitability of an impeachment inquiry, with Fox News reporting that the speaker is said to have informed Republican colleagues on Monday that such a process is “the natural progression from our investigations that have been going on.

The source who spoke to the outlet on condition of anonymity stated that House Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan (R-OH) told members that the speaker indicated that there would be a vote on launching an impeachment inquiry sometime in September.

Even so, as The Hill explains, McCarthy himself said on Friday that an impeachment inquiry against Biden would only be initiated following a full vote in the House, laying to rest prior speculation that such a process would begin outside such a framework.

Speaking to Breitbart news, McCarthy said, “To open an impeachment inquiry is a serious matter, and House Republicans would not take it lightly or use it for political purposes.”

“The American people deserve to be heard on this matter through their elected representatives,”' McCarthy went on.

The speaker continued, “That's why, if we move forward with an impeachment inquiry, it would occur through a vote on the floor of the People's House and not through a declaration by one person.”

As The Hill notes, there is no constitutional mandate that a vote be taken before an inquiry can be launched, but skipping that step would run counter to the position McCarthy took in 2019 prior to the authorization of such an inquiry into then-President Donald Trump, and it could create the impression of a partisan political attack that could not garner full buy-in for what is unquestionably a move with potentially profound implications.

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