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McCarthy confirms Biden impeachment inquiry would require majority House vote — 218 votes

 September 3, 2023

Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy has stated that he will require a formal House vote in order to launch an impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden.

The Republican from California announced that a House vote would be the only way he would permit the initiation of an impeachment inquiry against the president.

McCarthy explained that an impeachment inquiry is a serious undertaking and should not be taken lightly or used for political gain. He insisted that the American people must be heard through their elected representatives, thus, if an impeachment inquiry were to move forward, it would be initiated by a vote on the floor of the People's House, not by the declaration of one person, as reported by the Fox News.

A different approach than Pelosi

In a statement 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. 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.

This stance marks a departure from the approach taken by McCarthy's predecessor, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, during the first impeachment inquiry against former President Donald Trump.

In 2019, Pelosi unilaterally announced that the House would proceed with an impeachment inquiry against Trump following the controversy over his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Pelosi, at the time, stated:

This week, the president has admitted to asking the president of Ukraine to take actions which would benefit him politically. Therefore, today, I'm announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry.

Initially, the Trump White House refused to cooperate with the investigation.

Administration officials raised concerns that the whole House had not voted to initiate the inquiry.

It wasn't until weeks later, on Oct. 31, 2019, that the House authorized the impeachment inquiry with a vote of 232 to 196.

Upcoming impeachment inquiry against Biden

According to sources, House Republican leaders are planning to launch an impeachment inquiry against Biden this month.

McCarthy informed GOP lawmakers on a members-only conference call that an impeachment inquiry is "the natural progression from our investigations that have been going on."

This information was shared by a Republican, granted anonymity to discuss the call.

The GOP lawmaker said:

What Jim Jordan said was that McCarthy told him that it was…coming to the floor in September.

Additionally, a source familiar with the discussions informed Fox News Digital that McCarthy told several conference members that the momentum from Congress' investigations would likely push for an impeachment inquiry in the fall after lawmakers return from August recess.

Allegations against President Biden and his son

President Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, are currently under investigation by three separate House GOP-led committees.

These committees are investigating allegations of bribery and other corruption in Hunter Biden's foreign business dealings.

They are also examining a plea deal that had been reached between Hunter Biden and the Justice Department in a years-long investigation into his taxes. However, this deal has since fallen apart.

The House of Representatives will return from its six-week August recess on Sept. 12.

At that point, the impeachment inquiry will likely be secondary to Congress' race to strike a deal on government funding by Sept. 30, to avoid a partial government shutdown.

Conclusion

  • Kevin McCarthy insists on a formal House vote for any impeachment inquiry.
  • Approach differs from Nancy Pelosi's during the Trump impeachment inquiry.
  • Republican leaders planning impeachment inquiry against Biden this month.
  • President Biden and Hunter Biden under investigation by three House GOP-led committees.
  • House of Representatives returning from August recess on September 12.
  • Funding the government is the priority to avoid a partial government shutdown.