The U.S. House of Representatives is gearing up for a critical vote during the week of December 10 to formalize the impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden. This decisive action, announced by House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) at a recent press conference, is set to strengthen the House’s ability to issue subpoenas against the Biden administration, which has been accused of stonewalling investigations.
The upcoming vote is a pivotal moment for House Republicans, who currently hold a slender majority over their Democratic counterparts. Achieving success in this vote requires near-unanimous support from Republican members, emphasizing the vote’s significance and the party’s need for unity.
This move to formalize the impeachment inquiry follows an initial step taken by Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who opened an “impeachment inquiry” on September 12. However, this initial step did not involve a formal vote for approval in the House. The formal adoption of the impeachment inquiry, which the upcoming vote seeks to accomplish, is seen as a critical step in empowering the House’s investigative efforts. Speaker Johnson highlighted the constitutional necessity of this vote, framing it as a legal and constitutional responsibility rather than a mere political maneuver.
“All the moderates in our conference understand this is not a political decision. This is a legal decision. This is a constitutional decision. And whether someone is for or against impeachment is of no import right now,” Johnson explained, emphasizing the legal imperatives behind the move.
In preparation for the vote, three key House Committees – Judiciary, Ways and Means, and Oversight – jointly released a detailed 78-page interim staff report. This report sheds light on the alleged “deviations” by the Justice Department (DOJ) in the five-year investigation into Hunter Biden, President Biden’s son, suggesting political interference in the probe.
The forthcoming vote and its potential outcome hold significant implications for the Biden administration. House Republicans see the alleged political interference in the Hunter Biden probe as a crucial factor in their deliberations ahead of the vote. This inquiry could pave the way for potentially pursuing articles of impeachment against President Biden.
Launched in November 2021, the House’s investigation into President Biden now approaches a crucial juncture, with the impending vote set to determine the trajectory of this high-stakes inquiry.