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Speaker Johnson Says He Thinks Vote to Authorize Biden Impeachment Inquiry Will Pass Tonight

The House of Representatives will vote Wednesday evening to authorize an official impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden. While the vote is expected to be close, Republican leaders say they’re confident they will have the votes to launch the inquiry.

“I think it’s going to pass,” Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-La.) told reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

Republicans say the formal step will give them more subpoena power in the courts.

“We think a formal vote of the majority of the House, on record, for a power that solely resides with the House — that helps us if, in fact, we’ve got to go to court,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told reporters Tuesday. “Hopefully, just passing it in and of itself is enough to say, ‘OK, guys, come in and talk to us.’”

The House Judiciary GOP released an Impeachment Inquiry “explainer” on Tuesday to justify their actions.

Speaker Johnson, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, has stood firmly behind the impeachment inquiry.

“The facts don’t lie,” he said. It’s time to get the American people answers,” he said in a post on X Wednesday. The Speaker included a video of Joe Biden denying that he had ever interacted with his son’s and brother’s business associates, despite a mountain of evidence that shows otherwise.

Ian Sams, a White House spokesperson, blasted the inquiry vote in a statement accusing Republicans of pursuing a “partisan smear campaign despite the fact that members of their own party have admitted there is no evidence to support impeaching President Biden.”

“If they press onwards with this baseless fishing expedition, it only proves how divorced from reality this sham investigation is and will come at the expense of meaningful work to actually address the issues the American people care about, like lowering costs, creating jobs, and strengthening our health care,” Sams said.

Johnson told reporters on Tuesday that the House has a duty to pursue the impeachment inquiry.

“We have no choice but to fulfill our constitutional responsibility; we have to take the next step. We’re not making a political decision—it’s not. It’s a legal decision,” he said.

“We’re not going to prejudge the outcome of this,” the Speaker added. “The Constitution does not permit us to do so. We have to follow the truth wherever it takes us.”

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About Debra Heine

Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.

Photo: WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 12: Speaker of the House Mike Johnson addresses the media after meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on December 12, 2023 in Washington, District of Columbia. Zelensky was seeking additional aid for Ukraine's war with Russia. (Photo by Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post via Getty Images)