House Speaker Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) revealed on Friday that Congress will only move forward with President Joe Biden’s impeachment inquiry after a formal House vote.
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“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 said. “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.”
🚨BREAKING: Speaker Kevin McCarthy has confirmed that an impeachment inquiry of Joe Biden would happen through a formal vote on the House floor requiring 218 yes votes to initiate the process. @RepMTG confirmed on my show today that she believes House GOP now has the votes.
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According to Fox News, McCarthy informed Republican lawmakers that launching an impeachment inquiry into President Biden was the only “natural progression” from the House’s investigations into the Bidens’ corrupt practices. McCarthy made the revelation to the lawmakers in a members-only call on Monday night.
Speaker McCarthy talks about initiating an impeachment inquiry against President Biden in September:
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McCarthy also revealed that the House investigations into the Bidens have gained enough momentum to push for an impeachment inquiry when lawmakers return from their August recess.
A GOP lawmaker who was on the call told Fox News that House Republican leaders are looking to launch the impeachment inquiry against Biden this month. The lawmaker added that Chairman House Judiciary Committee Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) told members on an earlier call that McCarthy suggested the House would vote on opening an impeachment inquiry next month.
“What Jim Jordan said was that McCarthy told him that it was…coming to the floor in September,” the lawmaker, who has been granted anonymity to discuss the call, said.
McCarthy’s decision to launch an impeachment inquiry only after the House vote is a departure from what the Democrats did leading up to former President Donald Trump’s first impeachment in 2019.
Then-House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced an Impeachment inquiry before the House had a chance to vote.