House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s recent remarks have ignited discussions across social media platforms. He responded assertively to a claim by a journalist suggesting that his call for an impeachment inquiry was initiated without substantial evidence.
Arthur Schwartz, a known GOP figure, took to the social platform X, formerly Twitter, to spotlight an AP report. This report insinuated that McCarthy’s push for an impeachment inquiry was unsubstantiated. Schwartz shared a video where McCarthy confronted AP’s Farnoush Amiri over the evidence underpinning the inquiry.
In the shared video, Amiri probed McCarthy about the sentiments of some Republicans. They believe the ongoing probe into President Biden hasn’t pinpointed any impeachable actions yet. To this, McCarthy retorted, “You know, an impeachment inquiry is not an impeachment,” adding, “What an impeachment inquiry is to do is to get answers to questions. Are you concerned about all the stuff that was recently learned?”
This is what happens when reporters follow the White House’s commands to engage as activists with the Republican inquiry instead of as journalists impartially seeking facts. https://t.co/E2y1ZAKWjV
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) September 14, 2023
He proceeded to list several scenarios that some construe as potential indicators of the president’s missteps. McCarthy posed pointed questions to Amiri: “Do you believe the president lied to the American public when he said he’d never talked to his son about his business dealings?” and “Do you believe when they said the president went on conference calls? Do you believe the president went to Cafe Milano and had dinner with the clients of Hunter Biden, who believes he got those clients because he was selling the brand?”
Amiri’s response to some of these queries was, “That’s what the testimony said,” and when pressed further by McCarthy on the president’s truthfulness, she countered with, “But is lying an impeachable offense?”
McCarthy emphasized, “All I’m saying is I would like to know the answer to these questions,” adding, “The American public would like to know.” This video segment quickly gained traction among conservatives on social media, who criticized the narrative that there’s a lack of evidence against President Biden and his family.
Prominent GOP strategist Matt Whitlock voiced his perspective on X, stating, “This is what happens when reporters follow the White House’s commands to engage as activists with the Republican inquiry instead of as journalists impartially seeking facts.” Steve Guest, previously associated with Ted Cruz, hinted at the influence of left-leaning foundations on the Associated Press in his online post.