The leading Republican dissenter to President Joe Biden's impeachment inquiry has finally changed his tune, agreeing with his fellow GOP lawmakers.
It was reported on Tuesday that Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO), the leading Republican opponent of initiating the probe, had changed his mind and now thought it would be a "good idea" to launch such an inquiry, as Breitbart News reported.
Buck told NBC News that the investigation is a good idea because it will allow the House to focus on the next spending issue without the "distraction" of the investigation.
In addition, he said, "nothing changes," because the Biden family is still under investigation by House Republicans.
Buck told NBC News that he changed his mind about supporting the inquiry after reviewing the strong charges compiled by the investigators.
“Well, I’m skeptical of voting for it because I don’t see the link at this point between Joe Biden and Hunter Biden’s activities,” he said. “So I’ve asked to see the evidence.”
Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy initiated the probe after receiving four pieces of evidence in the case being brought.
The evidence includes FBI documents alleging that Joe Biden was bribed by a Ukrainian energy executive, and a Justice Department investigation into Hunter Biden's taxes revealed that Joe Biden had "offered special treatment" to his son. House investigators also found that Joe Biden had lied about his involvement in the family business.
“Taken together, these allegations paint a picture of a culture of corruption,” McCarthy said. “These are allegations of abuse of power, obstruction and corruption. They warrant further investigation by the House of Representatives.”
“Members like Ken Buck — he wrote the book Drain the Swamp… if you can’t be there for impeachment on Joe Biden after all the damning information that is coming out and continues to come, then what do you think draining the swamp actually means?” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) told Breitbart News in August.
“They either should step down from the Judiciary Committee or remove themselves because they’re standing in the way of real justice for the American people,” she added.
On Tuesday, Democrats used talking lines opposing impeachment that reflected what Buck had said previously.
“House Republicans have been investigating the President for 9 months, and they’ve turned up no evidence of wrongdoing,” White House spokesman Ian Sams posted on X. “His own GOP members have said so.”
“The evidence shows no wrongdoing by President Biden, but the GOP is obviously forced to launch an impeachment inquiry regardless of the facts,” House Oversight Committee Ranking Member Jamie Raskin claimed in a statement.
“Republican leaders are caving to Marjorie Taylor Greene and the MAGA Right, which is insisting on either a ridiculous government shutdown or a farcical impeachment exercise,” he added.