House Oversight Chairman James Comer (R-KY) expressed confidence this week that the Republican-led House will have sufficient votes to officially proceed with the impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden. In an interview on “Sunday Morning Futures” on Fox News, Comer revealed that GOP members, upon returning to their districts during the Thanksgiving break, encountered strong support from constituents for the inquiry. This support is crucial as the GOP faces a slim majority in the House.
Comer emphasized that the impeachment inquiry aims to investigate alleged corruption involving the Biden family, particularly the business dealings of his son, Hunter Biden, and their potential influence on government operations. The inquiry is spurred by evidence suggesting financial transactions involving millions of dollars from foreign sources.
The House plans to vote on formalizing the inquiry before the mid-December holiday recess. Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) has called this step necessary due to what he perceives as obstruction from the White House in providing key documents and witnesses.
The White House has denied these obstruction claims, labeling them as “false,” and has highlighted the cooperation extended to congressional investigators. Nonetheless, Republicans assert that the administration has been uncooperative in critical aspects of the investigation. President Biden and his allies maintain that he has not engaged in any misconduct and view the investigation as politically motivated.
The path to formalizing the impeachment inquiry is challenging due to the Republicans’ narrow majority. The recent expulsion of Rep. George Santos (R-NY) further complicates the vote dynamics. While acknowledging potential opposition within the party, including from Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO), Comer believes the GOP members recognize the significance of the inquiry and will ultimately support it.