House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Republican House investigators handling an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden could subpoena his son Hunter Biden but are waiting for the right moment to take that step.
Fox News host Maria Bartiromo repeatedly pressed Mr. McCarthy about such a subpoena during an interview on Sept. 17. The House speaker said one is forthcoming but indicated that he wouldn't let media pressure dictate its timing.
"There's a strategy behind everything. We only follow facts. Hunter Biden will get subpoenaed, but when's the appropriate time?" Mr. McCarthy said. "Do you do it because television wants it, or do you do it around the facts and the timing?"
He said a premature subpoena of the president's son might create a spectacle for fundraising purposes but said he would rather wait until Republicans have other pieces of evidence that can guide their questioning of the younger Biden.
In particular, Mr. McCarthy noted recent allegations that President Biden and his son communicated through a number of different aliases and private emails while the elder Biden was serving as the vice president.
"We also have 5,400 emails [in which] Joe Biden used as vice president a false name that we have not been able to get yet," Mr. McCarthy told Ms. Bartiromo.
"Wouldn't it be smarter in an investigation that you were able to get all of those emails?" Mr. McCarthy said of the communications.
The House speaker said impeachment investigators could eventually subpoena other members of the Biden family too.
"It looks to me like nine Biden family members got money," Mr. McCarthy said. "I want to see bank statements. I think they'd have to come before us to answer questions."
McCarthy Faces Pressure on Many FrontsThe House speaker is moving forward with the impeachment effort amid criticism from both sides of the political aisle.
After the impeachment inquiry began, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) said: "The illegitimate impeachment inquiry launched by Extreme MAGA Republicans is regrettable, reckless, and reprehensible. It is a political revenge tour that lacks any factual or constitutional basis."
Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) asserted that the Republican impeachment effort relies on “MAGA-laced conspiracy theories."
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) outright claimed that there's “no evidence” to support the impeachment inquiry.
Some Republicans have also said they want to see more evidence before a move to impeach the current president.
Last week, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told The Epoch Times that he would “wait to hear more” before deciding where he stands on the impeachment effort.
Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) offered support for the impeachment inquiry process but signaled that he doesn't want a rushed decision on impeachment charges.
"I have yet to receive any reports of sufficient evidence worthy of impeachment coming from the three House committees investigating President Biden and his family,” Mr. Santos told The Epoch Times in an emailed statement. “However, if the committee requires expansion of its scope via an impeachment inquiry, I would be in favor of that. A cheap impeachment that mirrors [former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s] political stunt against President [Donald] Trump last Congress after he left the White House degrades the significance of impeachment standards.”
Mr. McCarthy faces some political pressure even among Republicans fully in favor of the impeachment inquiry. Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, for instance, have argued that the impeachment inquiry is a small measure of appeasement while they remain at odds with the House speaker over other issues, such as the 2024 government budget.
In a House floor speech moments after Mr. McCarthy announced the impeachment inquiry, House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) criticized the House speaker for not doing more to force spending caps and called the impeachment inquiry "a baby step following weeks of pressure from House conservatives to do more." He also said House investigators should have already subpoenaed Hunter Biden.
Mr. Gaetz has also threatened to initiate an effort to oust Mr. McCarthy from the House speakership. In his interview with Fox News on Sept. 17, Mr. McCarthy said an effort to oust him as the House speaker "would be exactly what the president wants."