New House Speaker Johnson Says ‘There is Insufficient Evidence’ to Launch Formal Biden Impeachment

Newly elected House Speaker Mike Johnson, a Republican from Louisiana, is taking an exceedingly cautious approach to launching formal impeachment proceedings against sitting President Joe Biden.

Johnson, who was formerly a member of the Judiciary Committee where a portion of the inquiry is being conducted, has taken a different stance than some Republicans who argue that Joe Biden should be impeached yesterday over a mountain of evidence showing that his family is guilty of influence-peddling in nations such as Ukraine and China.

Vice President Biden not only certainly knew about such operations, but he actively aided and abetted them, according to numerous verifiable reports.

The Washington Post, however, is pouring cold water on Republicans’ hopes that Joe Biden will be impeached anytime soon.

“Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.), a constitutional lawyer by training, has taken a more reserved tone, both publicly and privately, urging members to conduct a thorough and fair investigation with no predetermined outcome. In a closed-door meeting with House GOP moderates this week, he indicated that there is insufficient evidence at the moment to initiate formal impeachment proceedings, according to people who attended the meeting.”

Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE), characterized as a “moderate Republican” by the Post, echoed Johnson’s reported remarks.

“We’ll just go where the evidence goes and we’re not there yet,” he said.

“Most of us are saying, look, we can’t even get a single Democratic vote on this right now. I think the voters will reject what they are seeing when it comes to Biden [policies] — but high crimes and misdemeanors? I don’t think we’ve seen that or enough data to really make a good case and I feel like [Johnson] really agreed with us on that,” Bacon added.

Interestingly, some Republicans are arguing that there is less urgency to impeach Joe Biden because, quite frankly, he is in a terrible position to win re-election in 2024.

“Is it pragmatic? Does it make sense? Connecting those dots matter,” Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer (R-Ore.) said after the meeting. “So I don’t think it makes sense to move down a road unless those dots can be connected, and I think that’s the message he was trying to send to us which we appreciated.”

On the other hand, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) has continued to call for formal impeachment proceedings.

Comer on Wednesday issued subpoenas for Hunter Biden and James Biden, requesting the president’s son and brother appear for depositions. The House Oversight Chair also requested voluntary closed-door interviews with other Biden family members, including Hallie Biden, the widow of Hunter’s older brother Beau with whom Hunter Biden had an affair after his brother died, and Hunter’s wife, Melissa Cohen.

Comer issued additional subpoenas on Thursday requesting interviews with several of Hunter Biden’s business associates, including his New York City art gallerist Georges Bergès, and Elizabeth Naftali, a buyer of Hunter Biden’s art and a Democratic donor.

Earlier, Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University Law School professor, testified at a Biden impeachment hearing, and gave his professional opinion that the evidence did not yet substantiate an open-and-shut-case that Joe Biden is guilty of “high crimes and misdemeanors” and therefore should be impeached.

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“This is a question of an impeachment inquiry,” he continued. “It is not a vote on articles of impeachment. In fact, I do not believe that the current evidence would support articles of impeachment. That is something that an inquiry has to establish, but I also do believe that the House has passed the threshold for an impeachment inquiry into the conduct of President Biden.”

However, Turley dispelled the myth that “smoking gun” evidence of direct payments to Joe Biden showing a quid pro quo is necessary to impeach the sitting president.

“Professor Turley, false statements, influence-peddling scheme, and Joe Biden might’ve benefited,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) said. “Let’s do the third one. First, is a benefit to your family? Can a benefit to your family be a benefit to you?”

“It is,” Turley remarked. “There’s been repeated statements ‘that you need to show that President Biden accepted direct money’ in order for this to constitute a benefit, even under criminal cases that deal with bribery, extortion, and the Hobbes Act. The courts actually have rejected that. They’ve said that money going to family members is in fact a benefit and I don’t really see any legal basis for that. Obviously, the strongest case is if you have a direct payment. But this idea that you can have millions going to a politician’s family and that’s not a benefit, I think it’s pretty fallacious.”

Turley is not alone in this evaluation of the bribery and extortion laws.

“There are cases in which payments made to family members can be treated as bribery of the principle if he is aware of it,” Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz told the Daily Caller News Foundation in August.

Former federal prosecutor and FBI consultant Joseph Moreno told the DCNF that federal law makes it a crime “for a public official to directly or indirectly receive something of value in return for being influenced in the performance of any official act.”

“So in establishing whether there was a quid pro quo, prosecutors would have to prove that something was demanded or received by a public official (including the President) in exchange for some official act (i.e., approving foreign aid, putting pressure on a foreign official),” he explained. “This can be done via a direct payment or gift to a public official, or an indirect one through, say, a family member or business associate.”

A payment accepted through a family member could also be relevant in an impeachment trial, where the standard leading to removing a president is easier to meet and does not “require a statutory violation,” he added.

“Impeachment by the House (Art. I, Section 2) and trial by the Senate is for when a President commits ‘high Crimes and Misdemeanors,’ which is not a term defined in the Constitution but has largely been considered to be whatever Congress deems to be,” he said. “So if Congress wants to impeach and try President Biden for benefitting from improper payments received through his son or other family members, it is free to do so.”

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John
John
5 months ago

I warned you He was a RINO ZIONIST!!!

Graham Booker
Graham Booker
5 months ago
Reply to  John

I’m really interested to know, let’s say you could get every Zionist, (you really mean J oo) erased from the planet, do you think your life would be any better and how?

John
John
4 months ago
Reply to  Graham Booker

Well
I’m not concerned with erasing them, but Yes!
GOD asured Me He would handle that task!!! Amen

Yes, my life will be way better after the reckoning!
Because evil will be removed from the Earth!!! Amen

Also you should KNOW, the only thing Stopping me from handling this on my own is JESUSCHIRST!!

so “you” better pray I never lose Him!!!

Al Johnson
Al Johnson
5 months ago

There could be a number of reasons for this, and we shouldn’t jump to conclusions and start badmouthing Johnson. 1. Republicans hold a very slim majority in the House. 2. We do not know if House Republicans have the votes to pass the articles of impeachment and send them to the Senate for trial. 3. If a count were taken and the Articles of Impeachment failed to pass, that would cause a lot of harm. 4. We cannot count on the RINOs in the House to do the right thing. A majority of votes must be locked in before a vote is taken. 5. Turley is probably right that time will result in more evidence, thus a stronger case. 6. Rush into an impeachment and there is always the possibility of a backfire that could create sympathy for Biden. 7. Timing is very important. So is mis-timing. 8. Speaker Johnson is a constitutional scholar and knows the constitution better than most. 9. Impeachment is not the Holy Grail. Biden is not going to get convicted in the Senate unless every Republican and 19 Dems/Independents vote to evict him. That would be highly unlikely, but even if it were to happen, we would get Harris as president for at least a little while. Anyone who thinks Johnson is a RINO needs to do some homework.

Sandra Smith
Sandra Smith
5 months ago
Reply to  Al Johnson

Forget parties, this war is between Good and Evil, even left and right don’t adequately embody it, though they come closer. Those are the sides, and NOW is the time when each must choose: as for me, I choose Yhwh.

Jeff
Jeff
5 months ago
Reply to  Al Johnson

Profound comment.

Traveler9546
Traveler9546
5 months ago

Well, it didn’t take long for the RINO’S turn on Republicans. Now that their new RINO leader is in charge, BraindeadBiden will get away with murder! The RINO’S will never support impeachment of Biden, their king.
Come next election term, every RINO must be replaced with a REAL Constitutional Republican!!

Jeff
Jeff
5 months ago
Reply to  Traveler9546

Jim Jordan was the obvious choice for speaker. A no-nonsense guy.

Sandra Smith
Sandra Smith
5 months ago

Well color me surprised…NOT! Y’all went and installed another RINO; the dud with the LOWEST liberty score of the lot on the list! What did you expect??? Before y’all start gushing about how he’s a Christian, based on what? His say so? Many claim the title, including “Biden”. But to whom does he truly listen? His voting record suggests it is not the God of the Bible…

Jeff
Jeff
5 months ago

Strike 1 Mike, this is a ridiculous statement, the proof of his crookedness is irrefutable.

Graham Booker
Graham Booker
5 months ago

If or when Biden is impeached it will be because the Dems want him replaced.. Biden is just a figurehead, the Dems let him get away with stuff because they can manipulate him to their will. But rest assured he will never see an impeachment, or a court of any kind, because of his mental health.
Bringing a case has to be airtight because the Rep are up against the deep state, you only have to look at how they have been going after Trump to see how the judiciary and FBI etc. are working

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