In a recent development, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) announced that the impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden has reached a crucial juncture. The investigation now calls for key witnesses to provide testimony under oath.
The statement from Speaker Johnson was released on Wednesday, indicating that he had received an update from Oversight Chairman James Comer (R-KY), Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH), and Ways and Means Chairman Jason Smith (R-MO). These three individuals are spearheading the investigation.
According to Johnson, the inquiry has already exposed dubious conduct by the president’s family and White House officials. He stated, “Our impeachment inquiry has already shown the corrupt conduct of the president’s family and that he and White House officials have repeatedly lied about his knowledge and involvement in his family’s business activities.”
Furthermore, Johnson pointed out the revelation of significant funds from foreign adversaries being channeled to shell companies controlled by the president’s son, brother, and their business associates. He added, “It has also exposed the tens of millions of dollars from foreign adversaries being paid to shell companies controlled by the president’s son, brother and their business associates.”
Johnson believes that the next appropriate step in the investigation is to put key witnesses under oath and question them under the penalty of perjury to complete the record. He expressed his commendation for Chairmen Comer, Jordan, and Smith for their work and pledged his full support as the investigation moves forward.
The inquiry into the business practices of the Biden family, which began in mid-September under then-Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), seeks to determine if corruption in government has been fostered. However, Biden and his allies maintain that there is no wrongdoing on the part of the president, branding the inquiry as politically motivated.
Last week saw Comer announce a new wave of subpoenas and transcribed interview requests, targeting Biden’s son Hunter Biden, the president’s brother James Biden, and Rob Walker, a former Biden family business associate. The subpoenas demand that each individual gives a deposition at various dates ranging from the end of November to mid-December.
Johnson recently stated that he would not “predetermine” an outcome but expressed belief that a decision point is swiftly approaching. He underscored the importance of the impeachment inquiry phase as a significant step in ensuring due process.