Speaker Mike Johnson Backs Investigations Into Biden, Charts Path Forward
Newly elected House Speaker Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) speaks to reporters and members of the media after a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023, in Washington, DC.
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New House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) said he is “encouraging” congressional investigations into President Joe Biden to continue.

During a Sunday interview on Fox News, host Maria Bartiromo asked Johnson if he would dedicate “financial resources and human capital” for an “in-depth” probe. She also asked if the overarching impeachment inquiry into allegations of corruption, launched before Johnson became speaker, would become an “official” impeachment.

“We’ll see, Maria. You know, I worked on the committees of jurisdiction. And Judiciary is one of those,” Johnson said during his “Sunday Morning Futures” appearance less than a week after being elected speaker by his peers.

“I think our chairmen have done an exceptional job. You have spoken to all of them, Jamie [James] Comer and Jim Jordan and Jason Smith, on Oversight and Judiciary and Ways and Means. They continued those investigations even while we were going through the tumult of the speaker’s race. They were still working methodically through that. I’m encouraging that,” he added.

“I think we have a constitutional responsibility to follow this truth where it leads. We’re the rule of law team. We don’t use this for political, partisan games, like the Democrats have done and did against [former] Donald Trump twice,” Johnson said.

“We are going to follow the law and follow the Constitution,” the speaker said. “And I think we — you and I have a suspicion of where that may lead. But we’re going to let the evidence speak for itself. And I look forward to rolling that out over the coming days and weeks and letting the American people see exactly why we’re taking the next steps and where it’s headed.”

Johnson’s predecessor, now-former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), announced an impeachment inquiry into Biden in mid-September. Biden, who is running for a second term in the White House, and his allies have denied that he committed any wrongdoing and claimed that Republicans are trying to serve up “red meat” for the base.


Bartiromo also pressed Johnson on whether he expected to subpoena Hunter Biden, the son of the president whose business dealings have attracted scrutiny and is separately facing a criminal inquiry run by the Department of Justice.

“I’m looking at that,” Johnson said. “I think that desperate times call for desperate measures, and that perhaps is overdue. We have not made a full decision yet. I’m counseling with the attorneys involved on all of this to see what the contours of — I’m an attorney myself, so I speak the language. We’re trying to move forward on some of this very aggressively.”

He continued, “I think the American people are owed these answers. And I think our suspicions about all this, the evidence that we have gathered so far, as you know, is affirming what many of us feared may be the worst. And, as Jamie Comer likes to say, bank records don’t lie. We already have a lot of this evidence. The dots are being connected. And we will see where it leads.”

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