House Republicans unveil resolution to authorize Biden impeachment inquiry

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WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Thursday released the text of a resolution that would authorize their impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden.

The resolution, introduced by Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., would formalize the ongoing impeachment inquiry that’s been driven by three GOP-led House committees: Judiciary, Oversight, and Ways and Means. It would help the committees enforce subpoenas and allow the panels’ chairmen to designate open hearings in their probe into the Biden family.

Multiple House leaders have said the chamber is expected to vote on the resolution next week. It is scheduled to go before the House Rules Committee on Tuesday morning, meaning the earliest it would come up for a vote is likely Wednesday, on the eve of the chamber’s last day in session this year.

The Biden administration has repeatedly characterized House Republicans’ impeachment inquiry efforts as “illegitimate.” In a statement Thursday, Ian Sams, a White House spokesperson, called the resolution a “baseless stunt” that’s “not rooted in facts or reality but in extreme House Republicans’ shameless desire to abuse their power to smear President Biden.”