House Republicans are seeking to formalize their impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden to strengthen their position against the White House and Hunter Biden.
They aim to bolster their subpoenas and standing in court, facing potential legal battles.
The central problem is that Republicans do not appear to have enough votes in favor of impeachment, and thus unlikely that Biden will be removed from the Oval Office.
The GOP faces pressure from its right wing and its base to show progress in the investigation. (Trending: Disgraced Democrat Sued For Sexual Assault)
While some swing district Republicans are willing to back an inquiry vote, not everyone is sold yet, and GOP leaders can only lose four votes.
ND Rep. Kelly Armstrong said, “If we know we’re going to end up in court fighting, which I think everybody understands we are going to, we should put ourselves in the best position possible to win those fights.”
“Constituents back home are getting antsy,” said Rep. Barry Loudermilk.
“‘What are you doing?’ You know, so that can give some people something to say, ‘Well I voted for the impeachment inquiry’,” defended the GOP rep from Georgia.
In a sign that there is some momentum, two swing district Republicans who have been reluctant to support impeachment told CNN they would at least back an inquiry vote: GOP Reps. Nick LaLota of New York and Don Bacon of Nebraska.
But not everyone is sold yet, and GOP leaders can only lose four votes. , who is against impeaching the president, told CNN he is also against voting to formalize the inquiry.
Colorado GOP Rep. Ken Buck said, “I have not seen any evidence to change my position.”
Adding, “I will ask for any new evidence and sit down with investigators, if they’re willing.”
The Biden Administration dismisses the accusations and awaits for the GOP’s next move.
Ian Sams said, “This is yet another sad attempt by extreme House Republicans to try to distract from their own chaos and dysfunction.”
“Their baseless fishing expedition targeting the President has been going on for an entire year and, over and over again, their allegations of wrongdoing by President Biden have been thoroughly debunked,” claimed the White House spokesperson.
Hunter Biden is not willing to appear for a closed-door deposition, while Republicans want him to testify publicly.
The House Republicans argue that formalizing the inquiry with a vote will give them a better chance of securing the testimony of Hunter Biden and other witnesses who do not want to comply with their terms.