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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan has laid out a timeline for when the GOP-controlled House will make a decision on whether to move forward with an official impeachment of President Joe Biden.
On Sunday, the Ohio Republican said a decision on whether to proceed will most likely be made shortly after the first of the year, according to Newsweek.
“The House Oversight Committee is currently conducting an inquiry into the Biden family after then-House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, announced the investigation in early September,” the outlet reported on Sunday.
“At the center of the Biden impeachment inquiry is his alleged involvement in his son Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings. The White House has repeatedly denied that the president ever had any involvement in his son’s business,” the outlet continued.
Last week, Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) signed subpoenas for first son Hunter Biden and the president’s brother, James Biden, along with additional members of their family. Also, Comer signed off on a subpoena for Rob Walker, who is a former business associate of Hunter.
The first son has been requested to appear for a closed-door deposition on Dec. 13, while James Biden “is expected to attend a deposition on December 6 and Walker is scheduled for November 29,” Newsweek reported.
Jordan, who is also a member of the Oversight Committee, revealed to Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on Sunday how he sees the impeachment timeline playing out.
“I believe that we will get the depositions and the interviews done in this calendar year and then make a decision early next year whether there are actual — the evidence warrants going through articles of impeachment and moving to that stage of the investigation,” he said.
“We have a constitutional duty to do oversight. We’re now in the impeachment inquiry phase of our oversight duty. We’re driven by the facts. We’re driven by the evidence. Not by the politics like the Democrats are when they attacked President Trump,” Jordan added.
The White House, meanwhile, responded that Republicans were simply playing politics and ignoring priorities like passing another funding measure.
“With just over a week to go until House Republicans may again thrust the country into a harmful and chaotic government shutdown, the most extreme voices in their party like James Comer are trying to distract from their repeated failures to govern,” White House spokesman Ian Sams said in a memo addressing last week’s subpoenas.
“Instead of using the power of Congress to pursue a partisan political smear campaign against the President and his family, extreme House Republicans should do their jobs,” he added.
In fact, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) is set to propose a two-step spending measure that funds most of the government through early next year.
That said, Newsweek added:
The House Oversight Committee has spent months investigating the Biden family, issuing subpoenas for Hunter Biden’s and James Biden’s bank records and former associates of the president’s son to testify. According to House Republicans, the Biden family has cumulatively received more than $24 million from foreign nationals, including from countries like China, Russia, Ukraine, Romania and Kazakhstan, over a five-year period.
The House Oversight Committee has followed the money and built a record of evidence revealing how Joe Biden knew, was involved, and benefited from his family’s influence-peddling schemes. Now, the House Oversight Committee is going to bring in members of the Biden family and their associates to question them on this record of evidence,” Comer noted in a previous statement.
The Kentucky Republican added that the records reveal how the Biden family benefited from the business dealings “to the detriment of U.S. interests.”