Newly elected Speaker of the House Mike Johnson refused to commit to subpoenaing Hunter Biden despite demands from some conservative House members, the Washington Times reported.
While appearing on Fox’s “Sunday Morning Futures” last weekend, the Louisiana Republican said he was looking into it and suggested that a subpoena could be “overdue,” adding, “I think desperate times call for desperate measures.”
Johnson’s non-committal response will likely trouble conservative members of the Republican conference who have grown frustrated with Oversight Committee Chair James Comer for not including subpoenas for the president’s son and others close to him in the ongoing probe.
The hard-line Republicans have argued that turning up the heat on the investigation into the Biden family’s foreign business dealings by questioning those at the heart of it could lead to discoveries that would pose major issues for Joe Biden’s reelection.
Speaker Johnson said the Republicans have not yet “made a full decision” on subpoenaing Hunter but added that he is consulting with attorneys involved in the ongoing probe.
Johnson said the Republicans are “trying to move forward” more aggressively, explaining that the public deserves answers in the investigation and the evidence gathered thus far affirms what many Republicans fear could “be the worst.”
The White House has consistently denied any wrongdoing on the part of the president, arguing that Hunter and his business associates may have used their connection to then-Vice President Biden to secure business partners, but the Republicans have found no direct evidence that the president profited from their ventures.
Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy launched an impeachment inquiry into President Biden that Republicans claim could uncover a bribery scheme involving the then-vice president and foreign entities.
Johnson said on “Sunday Morning Futures” that Republicans are connecting the dots, adding “We’ll see where this leads.”