House Speaker Mike Johnson will call a House vote to formally open an impeachment inquiry against President Biden — a “necessary step” after weeks of White House “stonewalling,” he said Saturday.
“We’re being stonewalled by the White House,” Johnson told Fox News, describing how House committees have been methodically stymied in their attempts to probe corruption allegations in connection with son Hunter Biden’s questionable foreign business earnings.
“They’re preventing at least two to three DOJ witnesses from coming forward, a former White House counsel,” Johnson said. “The White House has withheld thousands of pages of evidence.”
The vote will likely come this month, before the House takes a holiday break on Dec. 15.
On Friday, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer told a closed-door meeting of Republican lawmakers that the administration had produced just 14 of about 82,000 pages of Biden’s emails that he sent or received under pseudonyms during his eight-year vice presidency.
Hunter Biden, 53, and the president’s brother James, 73, are both due to testify under subpoena this month about the family’s interactions with business partners from China, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Russia and Ukraine.
White House counsel’s office spokesman Ian Sams insisted Friday that Biden had cooperated with document requests from Congress, providing “more than 35,000 pages of private financial records” and “more than 2,000 pages of Treasury Department financial reports.”
But Republicans contend that key pieces of evidence — including Air Force Two flight manifests, visitor logs from Biden’s Delaware residences, details on sales of the first son’s novice artworks, and the contents of the classified documents that were stored illicitly in Biden’s home — remain under wraps.
In September, then-Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) ordered House committees to begin an impeachment investigation against Biden– but never brought the matter to a floor vote, after pushback from swing-district Republicans.
The White House has dismissed the probe as illegitimate without the blessing of a House vote.
“We are the rule of law team,” Johnson said. “We have to do it very methodically.”
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