New House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) said this weekend that a vote on a formal impeachment inquiry regarding President Joe Biden was now a “necessary step.” He also stated that the House Republicans’ investigations into the Biden family had been resisted by the White House.
Johnson made the comments during an appearance on Fox & Friends Weekend on Fox News alongside Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY).
He referenced his and Stefanik’s efforts to defend former President Donald Trump during two separate efforts to impeach him, which Johnson described as being used “for brazen, partisan political purposes.”
Johnson said that Republicans were the “rule of law team” who would approach the question of impeachment “very methodically.”
The new speaker referenced ongoing investigations by the House Judiciary, Oversight and Ways and Means Committees into President Joe Biden and his family. He said that the three committees had been “doing an extraordinary job following the evidence where it leads.”
However, he said that the efforts had been “stonewalled by the White House,” including preventing “at least two to three” Department of Justice (DOJ) witnesses from testifying. Johnson also cited what he called the withholding of “thousands of pages of evidence.”
Speaker Johnson goes OFF on Biden Crime Family, DEMANDS impeachment inquiry move forward:
“Biden has lied at least 16 times about being involved in his family’s business schemes… This investigation has to continue.”
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) November 30, 2023
The speaker said that a former impeachment inquiry would give Republicans more latitude in their investigation and to “take it to the next step.”
“I think it’s something we have to do at this juncture,” he said.
Such legislation may come to a vote in the House by the end of December.
Last week, Johnson said that the president had “lied at least 16 times about being involved in his family’s business schemes.”
Republicans in Congress are investigating the flow of millions of dollars to different members of the Biden family, including from a number of foreign sources. Businesses linked to the president’s son Hunter or his brother James received payments from accounts in China, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Romania.
In addition, Republicans are investigating the original probe into the president’s son, including a failed plea deal that would have likely seen him serve no time in prison.