The move would mark an attempt by Republicans to speed up the impeachment inquiry.
November 7, 2023, 1:58 p.m.
Republican Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer plans to issue several subpoenas to President Joe Biden’s family, which are expected to begin being issued as early as Wednesday, sources told ABC News.
The move would mark an attempt by Republicans to speed up their impeachment inquiry into President Biden, which had faced delays during the House speaker’s weeks-long conflict.
New House Speaker Mike Johnson said Republicans would “follow the evidence” when asked if the investigation moves toward impeaching President Biden. Johnson also defended the possibility of subpoenaing Hunter Biden, telling Fox News that “desperate times call for desperate measures and this may be overdue,” but no final decision has been made.
The first hearing of the Republican-led impeachment inquiry into President Biden took place on September 28 and was dominated by contentious moments between Republicans and Democrats, but produced no new evidence.
The proceedings, which lasted more than six hours, gave House Republicans an opportunity to lay out the various allegations they have already made regarding the Biden family and their business dealings over the past nine months.
Multiple witnesses, including two witnesses called by Republicans, told the committee that there is not yet enough evidence to justify impeaching President Biden.
Committee members also heatedly debated the need for an investigation, with Democrats pointing to an apparent lack of direct evidence implicating President Biden and Republicans arguing that further investigation was needed.
At the end of the September hearing, Comer announced that he would issue a subpoena “today” for the bank records of the president’s son and brother. Top Republicans, including Comer, had been threatening the move for months. They said they believe the bank records could provide compelling evidence so far missing in the case.
ABC News’ Alexandra Hutzler contributed to this report.