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Johnson: Biden Impeachment Inquiry Now At Stage for ‘Key’ Witness Testimony

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House Speaker Mike Johnson said on Wednesday that the GOP-led impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden has reached a phase where Republicans are set to take testimony from “key” witnesses under oath.

The Louisiana Republican said in a statement that he had just received an update from House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.), who is leading the inquiry, as well as two other lawmakers who have been tasked to assist with the investigation — Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Ways and Means Committee Chair Jason Smith (R-Mo.), The Daily Wire reported.

“At this stage, our impeachment inquiry has already shown the corrupt conduct of the president’s family and that he and White House officials have repeatedly lied about his knowledge and involvement in his family’s business activities,” Johnson said, per the statement.

“It has also exposed the tens of millions of dollars from foreign adversaries being paid to shell companies controlled by the president’s son, brother, and their business associates,” he noted further, per the outlet. “Now, the appropriate step is to place key witnesses under oath and question them under the penalty of perjury, to fill gaps in the record.”

The Speaker concluded: “I commend the good work of Chairmen Comer, Jordan, and Smith. As we move forward toward an inflection point in this critical investigation, they have my full and unwavering support.”

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Then-House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced the impeachment inquiry in late September.

“Today, I am directing our House committees to open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden,” he said. “I do not make this decision lightly. Regardless of your party or who you vote for, these facts should concern all Americans. The American people deserve to know that public offices are not for sale.”

“I would encourage the president and his team to fully cooperate,” he added. “We will go wherever the evidence takes us.”

Earlier this month, Comer began sending out the first subpoenas to Biden family members, including Joe Biden’s son Hunter and brother James. And this week, Jordan said that Republicans will decide early next year whether they will begin the process of impeaching Biden, adding that the GOP’s impeachment investigation still needs some finishing touches, but many of his supporters already think there is enough evidence to impeach.

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“I believe we will get the depositions and the interviews done in this calendar year and then make a decision early next year whether the actual evidence warrants going to articles of impeachment and moving to that stage of the investigation,” Jordan said.

In an interview with Newsmax TV’s Eric Bolling, Comer said House Republicans had managed to collect a wealth of evidence.

“We built a case that will win in court, and we’ve made it all the way to the personal bank records of the Bidens,” Comer said.

“So now that we can trace the money, we have enough bank records that we can bring the Bidens in,” Comer said. “So we’re preparing everything now to be able to serve them and try to bring them in,” he added.

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“Then I think the American people who want to see this family held accountable, I think they’re going to be very satisfied with the next step,” the GOP leader and former banker added.

“But with respect to the Biden family, remember there are nine of these family members that have received funds from the influence-peddling scheme,” Comer told the Newsmax TV and former Fox News host. “So obviously, we want to know what exactly the family did to receive the money and, you know, I hate to involve grandkids and family members like that that probably had no idea money was going into their account.

“But, unfortunately, because of the misbehavior of their family, money did go into their account, so we want to know what they knew about it and when,” Comer said.

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