In his inaugural TV appearance as the House Speaker, Mike Johnson, a Republican from Louisiana, expressed optimism about the ongoing impeachment investigation against President Joe Biden.
Johnson, in a conversation with Sean Hannity on Fox News, emphasized that they have substantial evidence to question Biden's involvement in his family's overseas business activities.
Johnson clarified that the shift to the impeachment inquiry phase was due to the accumulating evidence that could potentially lead to impeachable offenses as outlined in the U.S. Constitution, such as bribery and high crimes.
He insisted that the Republican party would adhere to the rule of law and due process in the investigation.
The impeachment inquiry against Biden was initially announced in September by former Speaker Kevin McCarthy, backed by several staunch conservatives.
McCarthy had stated that the allegations against Biden were serious and indicative of corruption. The inquiry is spearheaded by the chairpersons of the Oversight, Judiciary, and Ways and Means committees.
The first hearing of the inquiry was conducted by James Comer, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee. During the hearing, Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, highlighted potential impeachable offenses, particularly abuse of power. He advised focusing on concrete evidence.
Recently, the Oversight Committee disclosed a $200,000 payment from James Biden, the President's brother, to Joe Biden.
This payment coincided with a loan of the same amount that James Biden received from one of his business ventures. Comer remarked that this raises questions about the ethical implications of the Biden family's financial activities.