Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) introduced an impeachment investigation into President Biden, however then ran away and took no questions from reporters.
McCarthy mentioned partly:
That’s the reason in the present day, I’m directing our Home committees to open a proper impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden. This logical subsequent step goes to present our committees full energy to assemble all the information and solutions for the American public. That’s what we wish to know, and I imagine that the president will wish to reply these allegations as effectively. That is going to be led by James Comer of the Committee on Oversight with coordination of James Jordan of the Judiciary Committee and James Smith of the Methods and Means Committee. Now I don’t make this choice evenly.
Whatever the social gathering or who you voted for, these information ought to concern all People. The American folks should know that public places of work will not be on the market and that the federal authorities will not be getting used to cowl up the actions of a politically related household. Now, I might encourage the president and his workforce to completely cooperate with this investigation and the curiosity of transparency. We’re dedicated to getting the solutions for the American public, nothing roughly, and we are going to go wherever the proof takes us.
Elsewhere in McCarthy’s remarks, he made reference to the ‘Biden household’ quite a few instances, however he by no means made a single allegation solely in opposition to President Biden, which isn’t shocking as a result of Republicans haven’t been capable of finding any proof that the President did something improper.
Kevin McCarthy needed to announce the impeachment investigation himself as a result of he didn’t have the votes to go a decision launching the investigation via the complete Home. It was additionally telling that McCarthy didn’t take any questions from reporters, as a result of he knew that the allegations he was making wouldn’t stand as much as any scrutiny.
It’s by no means an excellent signal when one thing as severe as an impeachment investigation is launched in a three-minute media hit-and-run, however that’s the place Home Republicans are.
It’s additionally why they’re prone to lose the Home majority in 2024.