Representative Adam Schiff said he believes that Speaker Kevin McCarthy opening an impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden was part of an “evidence-free impeachment proceeding.”
On MSNBC’s “Deadline,” Anchor Nicolle Wallace asked Schiff, “With Republican House members confession that there’s zero evidence linking President Joe Biden to anything worthy of an impeachment. What do you make of the sham? We call it an impeachment inquiry.”
“Well, I mean, it is such a contrast from the methodical way we went about gathering the evidence in the first impeachment and the seriousness with which we took the responsibility of finding high crimes and misdemeanors to what we see today, which is essentially an evidence-free impeachment proceeding of some kind, and for what?”
“Because Kevin McCarthy needs something to throw the right-wing base in order to get them not to shut down the government,” Schiff said.
“Is that now what the standard is going to be for impeachment in the future?” Schiff asked, not appearing to realise it was him that set the precedent.
“That if you’re a very weak speaker and a single vote can call a vote to remove you that, you can begin some kind of impeachment something in order to keep the government open,” Schiff said.
“Is that really where we’ve come? And sadly, the answer is yes.”
On Friday, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy shredded an Associated Press reporter who also claimed launched an impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden “without evidence.”
“Do you agree that, do you believe the president lied to the American public when he said he’d never talked to his son about business dealings?” McCarthy asked the reporter, “Yes or no?”
Despite claims that there is no evidence for the impeachment inquiry against Biden, allegations against him include various photos, texts, video, an audio recordings, as well as IRS and former business partner whistleblower testimonies.
In June, James Comer said the Biden family may have accepted payments in excess of $40 million from shady foreign nationals for influence peddling.