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 November 18, 2023

President Biden's lawyer pushes back on legitimacy of impeachment inquiry

The Republican-led House's impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden hit a bit of a snag during the House speaker debacle last month, but it appears to be back on track. 

According to The Hill, the impeachment inquiry appears to be of cause for concern for the White House, as it recently deemed the inquiry "unconstitutional."

The president's White House lawyers attempted to make that argument in a recent letter addressed to House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chair James Comer (R-KY) and House Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan (R-OH).

Richard Sauber, special counsel to the president, held nothing back as he accused the committee heads of misrepresenting facts in the impeachment inquiry, among other accusations.

"The subpoenas and interview requests purport to be in furtherance of what you have characterized as an ‘impeachment inquiry,’ even though no such inquiry has been authorized by the House of Representatives," Sauber's letter read.

He added, "Indeed, you appear so determined to impeach the President that you have misrepresented the facts, ignored the overwhelming evidence disproving your claims, and repeatedly shifted the rationale for your 'inquiry.'"

The president's lawyer also slammed the committee chairs for labeling it an "impeachment inquiry" when, he argues, that the only way an impeachment inquiry can take place is with a full House vote, which has not yet happened.

"You also claim the mantle of an ‘impeachment inquiry’ knowing full well that the Constitution requires that the full House authorize an impeachment inquiry before a committee may utilize compulsory process pursuant to the impeachment power—a step the Republican House Majority has so far refused to take," Sauber wrote.

The only problem with Sauber's argument is that it's false, as former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Democrats launched the exact same process against former President Donald Trump.

The Hill noted:

However, other legal experts disagree — and House Republicans are not the first to start an impeachment inquiry without holding a vote. House Democrats and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) did the same in 2019 ahead of the first impeachment of then-President Trump, before eventually formalizing the inquiry with a vote on a House resolution.

Though his previous statements suggested otherwise, Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) recently indicated that House investigators have his full support in the process.

Only time will tell if the House can get a full resolution passed to begin the formal process. America is waiting.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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