A House Republican leader said on Sunday that he expects the impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden to stretch into next year when Biden is up for re-election.
Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) told Fox News anchor Maria Bartiromo that he thinks investigators will continue to gather evidence through the end of December and come to a decision on how to proceed at the beginning of 2024.
“I believe we will get the depositions and the interviews done in this calendar year and then make a decision early next year whether … the actual evidence warrants going to articles of impeachment and moving to that stage of the investigation,” Jordan said during an interview on “Sunday Morning Futures,” alluding to a new wave of subpoenas and transcribed interview requests.
“But I think, this year, November, December, we will depose all these people we still need to depose, and then we can make a decision,” he added.
The impeachment inquiry, which is looking into whether the Biden family’s business practices have fostered corruption in government, formally began in mid-September. Biden and his allies insist there is no wrongdoing by the president and claim the inquiry is tainted by politics.
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At the outset, then-House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) put House Oversight Chairman James Comer (R-KY) in charge and said Jordan and Ways and Means Chairman Jason Smith (R-MO) would assist in the endeavor. Comer said last weekend on Bartiromo’s show that Biden should be impeached but emphasized, “That’s going to be left up to the speaker.”
The new speaker who replaced McCarthy, Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA), recently told reporters that he would not “predetermine” an outcome. “But I do believe that very soon we are coming to a point of decision on it,” Johnson said, adding that the impeachment inquiry phase is an “important step” in ensuring due process.
Jordan’s panel has been digging into the Department of Justice’s criminal inquiry into Hunter Biden, the president’s son, amid concerns raised by whistleblowers that the probe has been slow-walked in a way that precluded serious charges.
The Judiciary chairman repeatedly stressed that House Republicans are “driven by the facts,” seeking to draw a contrast to the Democrats and their impeachment inquiries against former President Donald Trump that he described as being politically motivated.
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