House Speaker Johnson Discusses Priorities for Upcoming Term

Newly appointed House Speaker Mike Johnson, a Republican representing Louisiana, addressed the future of the impeachment inquiry into President Biden during a recent interview. Speaker Johnson emphasized the commitment of House Republicans to upholding the rule of law and their intent to follow the evidence and constitutional principles. He highlighted their approach as distinct from what he described as the partisan games he attributed to Democrats during the two impeachment proceedings against former President Donald Trump.

Speaker Johnson expressed the Republican Party’s dedication to allowing the evidence to dictate their actions and decisions in the inquiry. He stated that further details would be released in the coming days and weeks as the investigation progresses.

Regarding the possibility of subpoenaing Hunter Biden, the President’s son, Speaker Johnson indicated that this option is under consideration but clarified that a final decision has not yet been made. He drew attention to the strategic approach advocated by former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, emphasizing the importance of timing and facts in the decision to subpoena Hunter Biden. McCarthy had previously suggested that bank records would be necessary to guide the questions posed to Hunter Biden during the inquiry.

Speaker Johnson also reiterated that House Republicans are actively collecting evidence in their ongoing efforts. He suggested that the American public deserves answers to their questions and expressed confidence that the evidence gathered so far supports some of the suspicions surrounding the investigation, implying the significance of financial records in this process.

In addition to discussing the impeachment inquiry, Speaker Johnson touched on various other topics. He expressed support for Israel and highlighted concerns about rising antisemitism on college campuses across the United States. He also addressed government spending, indicating a willingness to consider a short-term stopgap funding measure through January 15. This approach, he explained, could facilitate a more organized appropriations process by avoiding last-minute omnibus spending bills and encouraging the use of single-subject bills.