House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said Monday that the multiple investigations into the business dealings of President Joe Biden‘s family are “rising to the level of an impeachment inquiry.”
Speaking on Fox News, McCarthy told Sean Hannity the allegations from the IRS whistleblower the Justice Department treated the Hunter Biden investigation “differently” and claims family received payments from foreign companies have been the main focus of the investigations.
“If you’re sitting in our position today, we would know none of this if Republicans had not taken the majority,” he said.
“We’ve only followed where the information has taken us. But Hannity, this is rising to the level of impeachment inquiry, which provides Congress the strongest power to get the rest of the knowledge and information needed,” he added.
The comments from McCarthy are the most explicit he’s been about impeaching the president to date.
McCarthy’s comments come amid several Republican-led House investigations into Biden, his administration, and his family members – mostly just his son, Hunter. House Republicans have requested to speak with U.S. Attorney David Weiss, a Trump appointee, about the claims from the IRS whistleblower.
The White House responded to McCarthy’s comments, slamming Republicans for wanting to go after Biden “regardless of the truth.”
“Instead of focusing on the real issues Americans want us to address like continuing to lower inflation or create jobs, this is what the @HouseGOP wants to prioritize,” White House spokesperson Ian Sams tweeted.
The House speaker is under increased pressure from hardline Republican members to investigate the president and his administration. House Republicans have also called on impeachments for Attorney General Merrick Garland and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
CNN reported McCarthy had a phone call with former president Donald Trump and said he supported the proposal of expunging the former president’s two impeachments.
McCarthy has been working to get back in Trump’s good graces after he told CNBC earlier this month he thinks Trump can win in 2024, but did not know if he was the “strongest” candidate to defeat Biden.