The House Has No Choice ! Speaker Johnson Gives Update On FormaIizing Impeachment Inquiry

The House Has No Choice ! Speaker Johnson Gives Update On FormaIizing Impeachment Inquiry

The impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden that was begun by former Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy and continued by current Speaker of the House Mike Johnson will, according to Spea ker Johnson, be formalized next week so long as the small GOP majority in the House can be rallied to back the measure.

The vote will be a test of unity for Republicans, particu larly after Rep. Santos’ removal, as the majority they hold is only a few seats, so more than a few not backing the measure will block it. However, as the impeachment inquiry was not formally approved by vote when former Speaker McCarthy opened it on Sep. 12, Speaker Johnson is arguing that a vote to formally adopt it is necessary to help it obtain information blocked by the White House.

Speaking on the matter and explaining why he thinks the House needs to go through with attempting a vote on the inquiry, Speaker Johnson said, “The House has no choice if it’s going to follow its consti tutional responsibility to formally adopt an impeachment inquiry on the floor so that when the subpoenas are challenged in court, we will be at the apex of our constitutional authority.”

Speaker Johnson also, when speaking to reporters, attempted to sway the moderates in the GOP caucus, explaining that this vote should be treated as a legal decision, not a political referendum on the impeachment inquiry as it gets deeper and deeper into investigating the Biden family. He said, “All the moderates in our conference understand this is not a political decision.”

Continuing, he explained the bare bones of the matter and why politics shouldn’t inform the opinions of the representatives, saying, This is a legal decision. This is a constitu tional decision. And whether someone is for or against impeachment is of no import right now.” He added, “We have to continue our legal responsibility, and that is solely what this vote is about.

Watch Johnson here: