Speaker Mike Johnson uses new platform to push Biden impeachment forward
By Julia Johnson, Politics Reporter
House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) used his first television interview as speaker on Thursday to inspire hope regarding the merit of the impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden.
“We have the receipts on so much of this now,” Johnson told Sean Hannity on Fox News, discussing whether Biden was involved in his family’s foreign business dealings. “It’s a real problem.”
“That’s the reason that we shifted into the impeachment inquiry stage on the president himself because if, in fact, all the evidence leads to where we believe it will, that’s very likely impeachable offenses,” he explained. “That’s listed as a cause for impeachment in the Constitution — bribery and other high crimes and misdemeanors.”
Johnson noted that “it looks and smells a lot like that.”
However, the Louisiana Republican cautioned, “We’re going to follow the truth where it leads and engage in due process because, again, we’re the rule-of-law party.”
“We don’t do that like the other team,” he added. “We have to base it upon the evidence, and the evidence is coming together. We’ll see where it leads.”
Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced an impeachment inquiry into Biden in September, which had been lobbied for by several hard-line conservative members.
“House Republicans have uncovered serious and credible allegations into President Biden’s actions,” he said at the time. “Taken together, these allegations paint a picture of corruption.”
The inquiry is being led by the chairmen of the Oversight, Judiciary, and Ways and Means committees.
The first hearing, led by House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY), was held later that month. During the six-hour event, Republican witness Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University law professor, pointed to possible impeachable offenses, pointing specifically to abuse of power, which he said “is the article that is very, very common.”