McCarthy Says He Would Only Pursue Impeachment Inquiry Through Vote

McCarthy Says He Would Only Pursue Impeachment Inquiry Through Vote
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( – On Friday, September 1, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., stated during a Breitbart interview that for an impeachment inquiry to be launched into President Joe Biden, the House would first need to vote on it.

McCarthy’s comments come amid increasing scrutiny among Republicans against Biden and ongoing calls for an impeachment inquiry. According to reports, there is no rule stating that a floor vote is needed to begin such an inquiry. However, according to Breitbart McCarthy’s statements confirm the House is serious about the possibility of the move and that he’s only planning to do it through the use of a vote.

McCarthy told Breitbart that the decision to open an impeachment inquiry was serious and that his conference would not be making such a decision for political purposes. He added that the American people had the right to have their voices heard regarding this “through their elected representatives.” He stated this is why they will only start an impeachment inquiry through a vote on the House floor and not through a single person’s declaration.

In order for an impeachment inquiry to be opened after a vote, it would need to have the support of 218 House lawmakers. McCarthy has indicated publicly in the past that he would be open to an inquiry, with a number of other Republicans pushing the move as well. However, at this point, it’s unclear whether or not there will be enough support to move forward. Reports suggest that some moderate Republicans are unsure where there’s sufficient evidence to impeach.

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