Biden’s Impeachment Imminent?

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(PartiallyPolitics.com) – The House GOP is considering whether or not they should push for a formal vote on their impeachment inquiry. Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) has told Republicans during a closed-door meeting on Wednesday that they could potentially vote on this in the next few weeks, which could help with the legal standing of the investigation.

Republican members also noted that Emmer had previously referred to push back from the White House when he had been pushing for a vote. The impeachment process was started in September by former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) without a House vote. This was a decision that drew a lot of criticism.

Recently in a letter, the White House slammed the House Republicans for having moved on with the impeachment inquiry without first ensuring that they had the support of all members through a vote. They pointed out that while this is constantly referred to as an “impeachment inquiry” in reality they did not have the necessary constitutional backing for it to be considered as such.

Republican members have stated that Emmer believes that one of the ways in which these criticisms can be addressed is through taking a vote. This would also help legitimize the inquiry further at a time when the GOP has been complaining that the Biden administration has not provided access to all of the information that was requested.

One Republican lawmaker stated that it appeared that the White House in their response had questioned whether it was a valid impeachment inquiry as they did not have the support of the House through a vote.

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