Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) has suggested that Congress will soon make an announcement regarding the impeachment inquiry into Democrat President Joe Biden.
On Thursday, Johnson said that House Republicans are nearing a “point of decision” in Biden’s impeachment inquiry.
During a press conference, the speaker told reporters that he would not “predetermine” an outcome for the probe.
The inquiry is looking into whether Biden and his family are steeped in corruption.
Lawmakers have been examining the evidence such as bank statements showing suspicious money transfers from foreign business dealings.
“But I do believe that very soon we are coming to a point of decision on it,” Johnson said.
He added that the impeachment inquiry phase is an “important step” in ensuring due process.
Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), when asked if there’s enough evidence for the House to draft articles of impeachment against President Biden:
“As we stand here today, I’m not predetermined that, but I do believe that very soon we are coming to a point of decision on it.” pic.twitter.com/LZSvatxBA1
— The Recount (@therecount) November 2, 2023
Johnson was elected House speaker a little more than one week ago.
Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced the impeachment inquiry in mid-September.
Biden is currently running for a second term in the White House and his allies have denied that the president committed any wrongdoing.
They claim that Republicans are trying to serve up “red meat” for the base, despite the overwhelming evidence.
Republicans have issued subpoenas for bank records tied to Biden family members.
They have also held one hearing on the “basis” for the inquiry.
Members of Congress have reportedly considered bribery and abuse of power charges against Biden.
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) is tasked with leading the endeavor.
Comer recently told conservative political commentator Benny Johnson his work has reached the “downhill phase” and he aims to “wrap it up as soon as possible.”
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Ways and Means Chairman Jason Smith (R-MO) are also coordinating with Comer on the case.
Johnson said Comer, Jordan, and Smith have done an “extraordinary” and methodical job “outside the scope of politics.”
The speaker noted that he has a background as a constitutional law attorney and was called upon to serve on the defense team when former President Donald Trump faced impeachment over Ukraine and later the 2020 election “when the Democrats used it for raw partisan political purposes.”
“I decried that at each step of the way,” he added.
“The reason is because impeachment power in the Constitution — in the House specifically — next to a declaration of war, you could argue, it’s the … heaviest power that we have.
“And it cannot be wielded for political purposes.”