Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy revealed the GOP’s red line for possible impeachment proceedings against President Biden and told Fox News Digital on Tuesday that his party for now will continue to seek information related to the Biden family’s finances unless that information began to be withheld.
“What I’ve said is, if they withhold information, the impeachment inquiry allows Congress to have the apex of power to get all the information they need. All this information people are finding out now is only because Republicans have investigated,” said McCarthy.
“The people of America have a right to know what went on. They have a president who lied to the American public and said they didn’t get any money from China. We know that’s true. We’ve had whistleblowers from the IRS come say the Biden family is treated differently and that other things were going on. And then you have a[n] informant with the FBI saying there was a bribe. We need to know the answer to this,” said the Speaker.
McCarthy added that if “at any time” he felt they were not going to be able to acquire the information they needed to progress through the investigation, then they “would have to rise to the level of impeachment inquiry.”
“That’s not happening today. But what I’m explaining to everybody [is] that if we don’t get the information, I will go impeachment inquiry to make sure we get all the answers,” said McCarthy.
When the Speaker was asked whether he thought a sitting U.S. president could be impeached based on actions that occurred prior to when they took office, McCarthy dismissed dealing with hypotheticals.
“What we’re looking [at] right now is getting an answer to the questions and seeing, did [Attorney General Merrick] Garland lie to the American public or not? We know what has been said in these meetings, and we’re going to get the answers,” he said.
McCarthy: GOP will soon have enough evidence to mount impeachment inquiry
Speaker McCarthy predicted during a Monday appearance on “Hannity” on Fox News that Republicans in the House would soon have enough evidence gathered to mount an impeachment inquiry against Joe Biden as the corruption scandal enveloping him and is son Hunter continues to grow.
During the interview, Speaker McCarthy said that 16 of the 17 payments the Bidens allegedly received form a Romanian national were paid to what he described as “Biden shell companies” while Biden was vice president. According to Republican James Comer, the House Oversight Committee Chair, the elder Biden had been “lecturing Romania on anti-corruption policies” while continuing to be a “walking billboard for his…family to collect money.”
“When President Biden was running for office, he told the American public that he’s never talked about [Hunter’s] business. He said his family has never received a dollar from China, which we now prove is not true,” said McCarthy during the interview.
President Biden has long denied involvement or discussion in Hunter’s business dealings, and recently rebuffed a New York Post reporter who asked why he is reportedly referred to as the “big guy” on the FBI form, the same nickname used as a pseudonym in a message gathered form previously released documentation connected to Hunter.
Speaker McCarthy’s comments energized members of the House Freedom Caucus, who appeared eager on Tuesday for him to make good on his veiled impeachment threats, with one stating the leader’s words marked a “paradigm shift.”
“When he does speak to…impeachment, it carries a tremendous amount of weight. And that’s why I think the ground shifted on that a little bit when he opened up the door,” said GOP Representative Bob Good of Virginia, after the group’s Tuesday press conference. “I don’t think there’s any question that him speaking to that has caused a paradigm shift.”