House Speaker Kevin McCarthy plans to formally endorse an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden.
McCarthy called an impeachment inquiry the “logical next step,” and a way to uncover bank records and other documents relating to Joe and Hunter Biden’s business dealings.
“McCarthy has signaled for weeks that the House could take up an impeachment inquiry,” NBC News reported,” which would provide additional legal power to the House’s investigations into the Biden family.”
These things take time. I get it.
But to date, the House investigation has failed to uncover any tangible evidence of wrongdoing.
To date, the whole thing has just been a big tease, with House Oversight Chairman James Comey getting us all worked up for some big reveal every couple of weeks yet only producing hot air.
A great example was the buildup to Devon Archer’s testimony last month. Archer was Hunter Biden’s former best friend and was billed as having all kinds of insider dirt on the first son.
The next Deep Throat. But the most profound revelation from Archer’s testimony is that sometimes Hunter would put his dad on speaker phone during business calls. Not exactly a smoking gun.
McCarthy is in on the tease game, too, telling reporters on Monday that Republicans were uncovering new revelations about Biden every day, including Biden’s use of pseudonyms on emails during his vice presidency.
“It only raises more and more questions, and we’re gonna have to find the answers,” McCarthy said. “And this is all information that just has been coming forward that we’ve been able to find out. But the other information is we find that the Biden family delays everything. It benefits them to delay the information. The American public deserves to know.”
Why Impeach Biden?
Whether McCarthy has the votes required to open an impeachment inquiry is unclear. Not every Republican is enthusiastic about an impeachment inquiry. Centrists and the politically exposed are wary that an impeachment inquiry would produce an undesirable effect.
Representative Ken Buck, for example, who is a hard-right Freedom Caucus member, argued against impeachment, citing a lack of evidence.
“There is not a strong connection at this point between the evidence on Hunter Biden and any evidence connecting the president,” Buck said. Good instinct. There’s really nothing there, after several months of digging.
McCarthy may be moving against Biden in an effort to appease Republicans who are unhappy with his speakership. McCarthy of course came to power in a frustrated and protracted speaker selection process, which left many House members feeling disenchanted with McCarthy, and on the lookup for an opening to remove him from the speakership. Impeaching Biden would be like McCarthy throwing some red meat at his doubters, giving them something to chew on, something to shut them up for a few minutes.
The prospective impeachment inquiry feels political. Whether McCarthy is simply looking to appease House Republicans, or to push the Democratic president off balance as he heads into a reelection campaign, the impeachment inquiry reeks of political motivation, a desperate gambit to find something damning on the president.
Harrison Kass is the Senior Editor and opinion writer at 19FortyFive. An attorney, pilot, guitarist, and minor pro hockey player, Harrison joined the US Air Force as a Pilot Trainee but was medically discharged. Harrison holds a BA from Lake Forest College, a JD from the University of Oregon, and an MA from New York University. Harrison listens to Dokken.