Several Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee announced their support for an impeachment probe into Attorney General Merrick Garland. The move comes as testimony from several IRS whistleblowers appears to contradict Garland’s assertions that the Department of Justice (DOJ) did not interfere in the investigation into Hunter Biden.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) said that discussion of impeachment is “not an empty threat.”
“Congress can’t just look away from the culture of corruption that’s there for all to see, and the possibility of impeachment has to be on the table,” he said.
Issa said that Garland had “allowed partisan politics to hold sway in the Justice Department.”
Rep. Harriet Hageman (R-WY) said that the whistleblowers’ statements “make it abundantly clear a two-tiered system of justice exists today” and said that she supported a probe into the attorney general.
Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) said that the IRS revelations “certainly raises questions of impeachability. There is no question about that.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) separately announced his support for such a probe.
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This week House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said that if evidence proves the IRS whistleblowers’ testimony correct, “we’re going to start impeachment inquiries on the attorney general.”
McCarthy told Fox News that the current evidence “more than looks suspicious. It’s more than looking fishy.”
He cited evidence that members of President Joe Biden’s family set up potential shell companies during his tenure as vice president.
McCarthy referenced testimony from an FBI informant that linked both Joe and Hunter Biden to a bribery scheme by a Ukrainian businessman. The California Republican also cited a number of payments to the Biden family from foreign sources.
Last week, IRS Criminal Supervisory Special Agent Gary Shapley Jr. revealed an alleged text message from Hunter Biden to Chinese businessman Henry Zhao.
Hunter Biden alleged that his father was in the room with him and demanded an unnamed concession from the businessman “before it gets out of hand.”
Shapley also cited evidence that U.S. Attorney David Weiss was pressured by members of the DOJ regarding his investigation into the president’s son.