House Speaker Johnson says White House doesn't 'call the shots' on when impeachment is over


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House Speaker Mike Johnson told Fox News on Friday that the White House does not get to “call the shots” on when the President Biden impeachment inquiry ends after he received a letter this morning from a White House lawyer arguing that it’s “over.” 

White House Counsel Ed Siskel, in his message to the Louisiana Republican, said “it’s obviously time to move on, Mr. Speaker.” 

“This impeachment is over,” Siskel declared. “There is too much important work to be done for the American people to continue wasting time on this charade.” 

But Johnson told Fox News’ Chad Pergram on Capitol Hill Friday that “They don’t call the shots on it” and “we’ll deliberate over that when the investigation is complete.” 

HUNTER BIDEN’S FORMER BUSINESS PARTNER TONY BOBULINSKI SLAMS HIM FOR ‘RUNNING AWAY’ FROM HOUSE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE 

House Speaker Mike Johnson

Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, R-La., speaks at the Capitol in Washington on February 29. (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

“We’re allowing the process to play out as the Constitution anticipates. Our committees of jurisdiction have done their duty,” Johnson added. “They’ve done an extraordinary job. They’ve revealed some alarming information.” 

In his letter, Siskel said “The House Majority ought to work with the President on our economy, national security, and other important priorities on behalf of the American people, not continue to waste time on political stunts like this.” 

HUNTER BIDEN REFUSES TO ATTEND HOUSE HEARING WITH FORMER BUSINESS ASSOCIATES 

President Biden in Oval Office

A White House lawyer wrote a letter to House Speaker Mike Johnson on Friday saying the impeachment inquiry into President Biden is “over” and its “obviously time to move on.” (AP/Evan Vucci)

“The House Majority has reportedly collected more than 100,000 pages of records, interviewed dozens of witnesses, and held multiple public hearings—but none of the evidence has demonstrated that the President did anything wrong,” Siskel also said, noting that “Hunter Biden testified that he never involved his father in his business dealings” and “Several witnesses have testified debunking claims related to President Biden’s handling of classified documents.” 

“Instead of admitting the truth that the President did nothing wrong, the Majority is wasting even more time on abusive steps like trying to re-interview witnesses who already testified — perhaps hoping the facts will be different the second time around,” Siskel continued. “This is just the latest abusive tactic in this investigation. It has targeted the President’s children, grandchildren, siblings, and in-laws for no reason. It has intruded into private citizens’ personal records on everything from medical visits to birthday presents. Enough is enough.” 

Hunter Biden and former business associates

Hunter Biden, left, will not attend a House Oversight Committee hearing next week regarding alleged influence peddling and the Biden family’s business dealings. Tony Bobulinski and Devon Archer, right, his former business partners, were invited to the same hearing. (AP/J. Scott Applewhite/Reuters/Tom Brenner/Kevin Wurm)

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Siskel sent the letter two days after Hunter Biden’s lawyer said his client would not attend a House Oversight Committee hearing next week regarding alleged influence peddling and the Biden family’s business dealings, calling it a “carnival side show.” 

Fox News’ Patrick Ward contributed to this report. 



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