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What is an impeachment inquiry?

Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s Press Office– Last week, Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced that the House of Representatives would open an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden.

So, what exactly is an impeachment inquiry?

Simply put, the impeachment inquiry is an investigation into whether President Biden has engaged in impeachable offenses under the U.S. Constitution. Prior to Speaker McCarthy’s announcement, our committees (Oversight & Accountability, Judiciary, and Ways & Means) were investigating potential misconduct as part of their constitutional oversight and legislative duties to consider, among other things, whether changes to our nation’s laws might be needed. That work will continue but will now also include a focused inquiry into whether President Biden has committed impeachable offenses.

By opening a formal impeachment inquiry, Speaker McCarthy has further empowered the House committees to continue their job of providing answers to the American people. Now that an impeachment inquiry is underway, this investigation can rely upon the broadest scope of the Congressional power. With this enhanced authority, it will be more difficult for the Biden Administration to stonewall efforts to find the truth.

If the committees, during this impeachment inquiry, uncover evidence of treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors, then and only then will the next steps toward impeachment proceedings be considered. Those next steps, if warranted, are the drafting and consideration of articles of impeachment at the committee level and then consideration by the full House of Representatives.

The American people deserve the truth and to know their public offices are not for sale. And if President Biden has nothing to hide, he should want that as well. House Republicans are keeping our Commitment to America and will hold government officials accountable for their actions – and that is what this impeachment inquiry allows the House of Representatives to do.