Republican lawmakers are reportedly souring on the prospects of impeaching President Joe Biden after months of investigations.
“We don’t have the votes right now,” one GOP lawmaker told CNN.
CNN reported that no major decision is expected before Hunter Biden and James Biden sit for their depositions. Nonetheless, there is a growing sense in the Capitol that Republicans might not be able to ram through an impeachment given their razor-thin majority.
Lawmakers haven’t produced direct evidence of President Joe Biden’s wrongdoing. One of the GOP’s marquee witnesses, George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley, also stated that “the current evidence” did not support Biden’s impeachment.
House conservatives would face a clear political risk if they failed to impeach Biden, something former President Donald Trump has long sought. Republicans would also be put in the potentially odd position of effectively declaring Biden had not met the threshold for wrongdoing, despite top officials pushing such a narrative for months.
Some lawmakers told CNN they are still waiting to see what final report the committees leading the investigations into the Bidens produce. In December, lawmakers formally deemed the separate investigations an “impeachment inquiry” on a party-line vote. The House Judiciary, Ways & Means, and Oversight Committees are all part of the sprawling probe.
“I have seen nothing. I really see nothing. I know what people say. And I watch the news,” Rep. Mike Kelly, a Pennsylvania Republican, told CNN.