As House Republicans make public their intention to move forward with an impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden, they are struggling to convince the public – and even themselves – that they will be able to obtain the evidence of the high crimes and misdemeanors necessary to impeach a president.

On Tuesday, House Speaker Mike Johnson published an op-ed in USA today explaining his reasoning for formalizing the investigation into Biden, which has so far bypassed the usual requirement for a plenary vote to officially open an impeachment inquiry.

Johnson wrote that “opening a formal inquiry – supported by a vote of the entire body – puts (Republicans) in the strongest legal position to gather evidence and provide transparency to the American people.”

But in the hours following Johnson's announcement, Republicans have struggled to explain on what basis they are moving forward with an impeachment investigation and are being heavily questioned about their motivations and supposed commitment to transparency.

When Fox News host Maria Bartiromo asked Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-Wisc.) on Tuesday about what he considered the “most damning” evidence against Biden uncovered by Republicans, Tiffany pointed to long-debunked claims that President Biden illicitly profited from his son's relationship with the Ukrainian energy company Burisma.

Later that day, Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.) told reporters that there were “probably no” high crimes and misdemeanors committed by Biden, but that he would vote to move forward with the inquiry anyway. Bacon's comment was referenced shortly after by Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) during a House Rules Committee meeting designed to finalize the resolution that will be brought to a vote.

“This is not the beginning of something,” McGovern said. “This should be the end of something. You’ve been doing this for over a year, there’s no smoke and it’s a colossal waste of time.”

During the same hearing, Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colorado) questioned another member of the committee, Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Pa.), about exactly what constitutional crime Biden had committed. Reschenthaler was unable to give a concrete answer, telling Neguse that “we are conducting an inquiry so that we can do an investigation into the production of witnesses.”

When pressed, Reschenthaler deflected and told the committee he would explain the investigation as soon as he was given speaking time.

On Friday, even Fox News acknowledged that Republicans have made little progress in proving their corruption charges against Biden. “The House Oversight Committee has been at this for years and so far has not been able to provide any concrete evidence that Joe Biden personally profited from his son Hunter's overseas business dealings, but they are going to try again with this impeachment inquiry,” Correspondent from Fox News, Peter Doocy he said.

And they will try their best and use every tool in their arsenal to muddy the waters with unproven allegations of corruption against Biden – while supporting Donald Trump's candidacy for president in 2024, despite his multiple criminal charges.

If the entire situation wasn't already extremely harmful, Republicans also signaled on Tuesday that they would reserve the right to choose what they would release to the public, impressive an amendment that calls for “open and transparent” procedures for the resolution they plan to present to the plenary.

When Rep. Neguse questioned why such an amendment was not included in the resolution — despite Democrats committing to a public process in their own impeachment investigations against Trump, Rep. Thomas Massi (R-Ky.) was at a loss, absurdly trying to claim that Republicans were doing Democrats a favor.

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“I suspect that at some point the other side of the aisle will claim that the information that is being released publicly has nothing to do with the public – about bank records and things like that. So maybe it’s an effort to respect the other side’s wishes,” Massi said.

Neguse laughed. “Ah, I'm sure that's the reason, Mr. Massi,” he sneered.



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