Multiple left-leaning media outlets have claimed House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s move to impeach President Biden is politically motivated and that there is no evidence to justify an inquiry.
On Thursday, an Associated Press congressional reporter received a strong rebuke from McCarthy when he repeated the claim.
Reporter Farnoush Amiri’s Wednesday article alleging there was no evidence to justify impeachment proceedings struck a chord with McCarthy.
Amiri claimed “Since gaining the House majority in January, House Republicans have aggressively investigated Biden and his son, claiming without evidence that they engaged in an influence-peddling scheme. The allegations echo those that former President Donald Trump has made for years against Biden and his family.”
On Thursday, McCarthy confronted Amiri.
The speaker began by reiterating what an impeachment inquiry was: “What [an] impeachment inquiry is [designed] to do is to get answers to questions.”
McCarthy pointedly then asked the reporter if she was interested in asking the hard questions and investigative journalism: “Are you concerned about all the stuff that was just recently learned?” asked McCarthy.
“Do you have any concern?” he pressed.
Questioning Amiri’s journalistic integrity, McCarthy asked, “Have you asked the White House any questions?”
Amiri responded that she had asked questions.
McCarthy pressed, “Do you believe the president lied to the American public when he said he never talked to his son about his business dealings?”
Giving Amiri little wiggle room, McCarthy added, “Yes or no?”
Not wanting to answer the question, Amiri said, “I can’t answer that.”
McCarthy recognized the weak reply and pressed: “You can’t answer that? Do you believe when they said the president went on conference calls? Do you believe that happened?”
“That’s what the testimony says, yes,” Amiri said evasively.
The Daily Caller reported that the testimony McCarthy was referring to came from Hunter Biden’s former business associate Devon Archer.
Archer is considered a reliable witness. He claimed that Joe Biden spoke to Hunter on speakerphone while his son was with his foreign business associates on over 20 occasions.
Previously, Biden stated no such interactions took place and that he was unaware of his son’s business partners or dealings.
McCarthy also mentioned other claims by Archer regarding foreign business dealings and that the House Oversight Committee is in possession of bank records showing that more than $20 million was paid by foreign entities to the Biden family through 20 shell companies.
McCarthy then asked again, “Do you think the president lied that he—”
Amiri interrupted, “But is that an impeachable — is lying an impeachable offense?” Amiri asked.
McCarthy clarified: “I’m not saying impeachment. All I’m saying is I would like to know answers to these questions. The American public would like to know,” the speaker said.
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