WASHINGTON (TND) — House Republicans are back on Capitol Hill following the August break, wasting no time getting down to what they see as the people’s business.
"Today I am directing our House committee to open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden," Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said at a news conference Tuesday, making official what had been mounting speculation.
The President joined on multiple phone calls and had multiple interactions. Dinners resulted in cars and millions of dollars into sons’ and son’s business partners," McCarthy said.
But his announcement came without a formal vote by the House, despite previous promises and assurances to do so. McCarthy's move to open the inquiry is seen as the result of mounting pressure from his caucus's most conservative members, who have threatened to remove McCarthy from his post and or to force a government shutdown over coming spending negotations if 'other' demands are not met.
In a speech on the House floor shortly after the impeachment inquiry was announced, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., laid out some of the demands he and others members of the House Freedom Caucus have for McCarthy and their fellow House Republicans.
No continuing resolutions: Individual spending bills or bust: Votes on balanced budgets and term limits: Subpoenas for Hunter Biden and members of the Biden family.
At a news conference Tuesday afternoon Rep. Bob Good, R-Va, said, "The days of reckless spending without consequence are over.'
Those demands are now expected to be tacked on to the current fight over passing a budget or a continuing resolution by September 30.
Meanwhile, Democrats called out GOP lawmakers for extreme hypocrisy, choosing to investigate Joe Biden’s family but not Donald Trump’s.
We have records of a $100 billion arms deal between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia inflated at the direction of Jared Kushnerm," Rep. Robert Garcia, D-Calif., said in a speech on the House Floor Tuesday. "Jared Kusner and Ivanka Kushner walk out of the White House and months later get $2 billion dollars from the Saudis.
The White House responded to the McCarthy's pronouncement in a statement provided by Ian Sims, White House spokesman for oversight and investigations.
"House Republicans have been investigating the President for nine months, and they've turned up no evidence of wrongdoing," he said in a post on X. "His own GOP members have said so."
"He vowed to hold a vote to open impeachment, now he flip flopped because he doesn't have support," Sims continued.
"Extreme politics at its worst."