As talk has grown over the past few weeks and months of a formal impeachment inquiry being launched against President Joe Biden, it has consistently been pointed out by Democrats and the media that a handful of moderate House Republicans, fearing potential blowback and a lack of evidence of wrongdoing, were not on board with the move.
Yet, House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-KY) just stated his belief this week that there are now a sufficient number of votes in support of an impeachment inquiry to pass a measure authorizing that investigatory tool, Breitbart reported.
Comer suggested that recent revelations about then-Vice President Biden using pseudonyms on government emails that were either shared with his son Hunter Biden and his associates or directly discussed Hunter's foreign business dealings was the "straw that broke the camel’s back" for some of the more hesitant House Republicans.
Rep. Comer's remarks about a potential impeachment inquiry against President Biden came during an interview Thursday with Newsmax host Rob Schmitt.
According to PJ Media, Schmitt asked, "Where are we with the impeachment inquiry? And do you think there are still even -- though most people know this man is corrupt -- are there still some limp-wristed Republicans who might vote no, if this was put to an impeachment vote?"
Comer eventually replied, "I do believe that we have the votes for an impeachment inquiry."
"I think that with the revelation of all these emails -- that Joe Biden was communicating with Hunter Biden about his business, about all of the corruption that he was involved in -- I think that was the straw that broke the camel’s back with a few of the Republicans that were a little nervous about going the route of impeachment inquiry," he continued. "They realized that we need this tool to be able to win in court because that’s where we’re headed. We’ve just about picked all the low-hanging fruit."
"Now, I guess, we surprised the Biden legal team by the route we went," Rep. Comer said. "I think they thought we would start on Day One and subpoena Hunter Biden. If we had done that, it would've been locked up in court, and any request we had, they would have said there’s pending litigation and they would have run the clock out."
"But, we got the shell companies, we’ve got the bank records of the shell companies. So, we built a case, Rob, that would win in court," he continued.
"And with respect to the emails, I didn't think there'd ever be emails, on a government email between Joe Biden and Hunter Biden talking about his business, or talking about Ukraine," Comer added. "What I never dreamed of is that they would have ever used pseudonyms, and what we're finding is there are probably thousands of emails, so this is just more evidence of wrongdoing by Joe Biden."
Schmitt then asked Comer for his predictions on when there might be some "action" on the impeachment front against the "visibly corrupt" President Biden, to which the Oversight chairman replied, "I think that the House will vote in September."
"Now, this is all up to Kevin McCarthy, but he and I’ve had several conversations. I know Jim Jordan has spoken with him many times as well," he continued in reference to the House Speaker and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, respectively.
"I would predict that in the middle of September, we have a vote. I will predict that it passes, and I will predict that we will use that with all these government agencies that are refusing to turn over valuable information like the National Archives," Comer added. "We'll use that with the banks when we're in court that were cooperating with us and now they're being threatened by the Biden legal team not to cooperate with us."