House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) called an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden "a natural step forward" for Congress if White House operatives continue to withhold requested records and documentation as they have done recently.
“So, if you look at all the information we have been able to gather so far, it is a natural step forward that you would have to go to an impeachment inquiry,” McCarthy said in response to a question on Fox News's Sunday Morning Futures.
An impeachment inquiry “provides Congress the apex of legal power to get all the information they need,” he added.
Last week, he said on Fox Business that whether the House launched an impeachment inquiry rested on whether or not the Biden family cooperated with requests for information.
“If they provide us the documents, there wouldn’t be a need for an impeachment inquiry,” he said. “But if they withhold the documents and fight like they have now to not provide to the American public what they deserve to know, we will move forward with an impeachment inquiry when we come back into session.”
The House Oversight Committee wants to see bank and credit card statements for members of the Biden family but has not yet publicly specified which ones.
The allegations against Biden so far are that Biden family members received foreign payouts from companies that sought access to Joe Biden, then vice president, and that the Justice Department treated the Bidens "differently" than others they investigated, according to IRS whistleblowers.
There are already impeachment resolutions on the House floor, including one by Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) that has been sent to the Homeland Security and Judiciary committees for review.
McCarthy had opposed Boebert's resolution because he felt it was premature to pursue impeachment before the House Oversight Committee led by Rep. James Comer (R-KY) had a chance to finish its investigation.
As more evidence has been uncovered, however, McCarthy looks more willing to go the impeachment route as so many conservative Republicans are itching to do.
It's hard to argue against the fact that Biden's alleged wrongdoing far surpasses Trump's alleged quid pro quo with Ukraine that was at the heart of his first impeachment inquiry by a Democrat-led House in 2019.
Once the Trump phone call was released, it became evident that there was no quid pro quo, but Democrats insisted on impeaching him anyway.
Now Republicans appear to have quite a lot of evidence against Biden and his family, so it remains to be seen whether the GOP has the guts to nail Biden to the wall in the same way Democrats tried to do to Trump.
If they don't, the scales of justice will be dramatically out of balance in this country, and who knows what the people will do to set it right.