The House Rules Committee is gearing up for a pivotal meeting on Tuesday morning to deliberate a resolution that could significantly influence the trajectory of President Biden’s impeachment inquiry. A source in conversation with Fox News Digital revealed that if this resolution is successfully adopted, it might prompt a full House vote potentially as early as Wednesday.
Initiated in September by then-House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, the inquiry has been closely monitored by House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith. However, this investigation has yet to receive an official vote on the House floor.
The push to formalize the investigation aims to reinforce the committees’ subpoena power. Should the investigation be formalized, existing subpoenas would gain increased court support, compelling Biden officials and family members, who have been resistant to testifying or handing over documents, to comply.
A central point of contention involves Hunter Biden’s resistance to a subpoena for a deposition scheduled for December 13. His lawyer, Abbe Lowell, has stated that Biden’s son would testify only in a public setting, leading Comer and Jordan to threaten potential contempt of Congress actions if he fails to comply by Wednesday.
The focus of the investigation encompasses the investigation of foreign funds received by the Biden family, President Biden’s potential involvement in these dealings, and allegations of the Biden administration’s efforts to obstruct the criminal investigation into Hunter Biden.
Meanwhile, Rep. Jamie Raskin, the senior Democrat on the Oversight Committee, is reportedly engaging in discreet discussions with Republican members, aiming to dismantle the inquiry. Raskin is believed to be addressing GOP arguments and evidence, targeting both moderate and conservative members.
In preparation for these discussions, Democrats on the Oversight Committee have prepared “fact sheets” to present a comprehensive perspective on the investigation to both Democratic and Republican House members. A senior Democratic aide expressed the intention to ensure House Republicans are thoroughly informed as they consider their stance on the impeachment effort.
Chairman Comer has criticized these efforts, asserting that evidence already presented by the committee showcases Joe Biden’s awareness and benefit from the Biden family’s international business engagements. Comer has vowed to continue the pursuit of facts and to hold the president accountable for the alleged corruption.
The White House has been critical of the investigation, with President Biden maintaining his non-involvement in his son’s foreign business ventures. As the scenario unfolds, the upcoming committee meeting and potential House vote could significantly shape the future of the impeachment inquiry.