Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney has expressed his opposition to House Republicans’ push for the impeachment of President Joe Biden, emphasizing that he does not “see any evidence” justifying such a move. In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Romney, known for his criticism of the GOP, emphasized the importance of having substantial evidence of wrongdoing before initiating an impeachment investigation.
Host Kristen Welker asked: “As you know, House Republicans have signaled that they may vote as early as this week on an impeachment inquiry into President Biden, despite the fact that they haven’t shown, yet, a direct Link between Hunter Biden’s business dealings and President Biden. Have you seen any evidence that President Biden has committed high crimes and misdemeanors?”
“No. I — I — I don’t see any evidence of that at all. I think, before you begin an impeachment inquiry, you ought to have some evidence, some inclination that there’s been wrongdoing. And so far, there’s nothing of that nature that’s been provided,” Romney responded.
“So, are you opposed to the impeachment inquiry?” Welker asked Romney.
“Well, if I were in the House, I’d vote against it unless they were able to bring forward evidence that suggested there were a high crime or misdemeanor that had been committed. But so far, that hasn’t been the case. Look — look, fortunately for most people, we’re not responsible for the misdeeds of our kids and grandkids and great-grandkids,” Romney said.
He added: “Nothing in my family I’m embarrassed about, but President Trump’s — excuse me, President Biden’s son, Hunter, has obviously been a very unsavory person and has had some extremely damaging personal foibles, including a drug habit and so forth. That’s not President Biden. And we’re not going to impeach someone because of the sins of their kids.”
The development comes as the Republican-led House is set to vote on Thursday to determine whether to officially establish an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden. Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) expressed confidence earlier this week that there is sufficient support for such an inquiry to proceed.
“He just told us that … Thursday,” Rep. Lisa McClain (R-Mich.) said of Johnson in comments to Reuters after leaving a closed-door meeting with the Republican conference on Monday.
Reuters went on to claim that “House Republicans have so far failed to produce evidence tying Biden’s actions as vice president to his son’s businesses,” which is false, per GOP lawmakers.
In September, during a press conference held by the House Freedom Caucus, Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) expressed disbelief while responding to a reporter who inquired about the evidence House Republicans had to initiate the inquiry.
“What actual evidence do you have as opposed to allegations to show to the American public that would merit an actual impeachment inquiry of Joe Biden and prove that today isn’t just about some of you?” a reporter asked off-camera.
“Oh, I don’t know,” interjected Perry as the reporter went on to suggest Republicans were simply “enacting political revenge” after Democrats impeached then-President Trump.
“This isn’t about political revenge. We have the bank accounts we can see, ma’am. You can see that the homes that the Bidens own can’t be afforded on a congressional or Senate salary. You also understand that it’s not normal for family members to receive millions of dollars from overseas interests,” Perry responded, growing increasingly animated and agitated.
“Those things aren’t normal. That’s not normal. Have 20 shell country companies, these things are not normal. And it alludes to not only just widespread corruption, but money laundering, if not influence peddling itself,” he continued.
Sen. Ron Johnson announced that “banks filed at least six reports concerning Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings that flagged President Joe Biden’s home address in Delaware and raised concerns about possible criminal activity involving money laundering or human trafficking.”