Matt Gaetz DEMANDS Kevin McCarthy issue Hunter Biden subpoena – and urges him to sign on the dotted line – as the GOP firebrand ramps up war with the Speaker
Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz is daring Kevin McCarthy to sign a subpoena to compel Hunter Biden to testify before the House as the Florida congressman ramps up his war with the speaker.
‘.@SpeakerMcCarthy, after eight months of inaction, I have taken the liberty of drafting a subpoena to Hunter Biden. It simply requires your date and signature. Millions of Americans are wondering if you’re serious,’ Gaetz posted on X.
Tensions between Gaetz and McCarthy are reaching the boiling point as Gaetz continues to threaten to oust the GOP leader from the speaker’s office.
McCarthy’s decision to launch an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden has done little to quel the tension.
Rep. Matt Gaetz wants Speaker Kevin McCarthy to sign a subpoena for Hunter Biden
McCarthy and Gaetz’s rivalry dates back to January when McCarthy was trying to secure enough Republican votes to be speaker. To garner enough support from the conservative wing of the party, McCarthy agreed to their demand to give them the ability to call a quick vote to ‘vacate the chair’ and remove him from office.
Gaetz has been threatening to use that power.
This week, the Florida Republican and other members of the House Freedom Caucus are angry about McCarthy’s plan to put forward a Continuing Resolution, known as a CR, to fund the government as both sides negotiate on a larger spending package.
Gaetz responded that putting a CR on the floor would be ‘shot, chaser’ where he would immediately move to push the speaker out of his job.
‘Move the f***ing motion,’ McCarthy said in response.
Gaetz and the conservatives may have the upper hand, however. McCarthy held a test vote on Tuesday to see what kind of support he has among his own party on a budget vote. It failed.
The speaker brought up for a vote a massive defense spending bill. But five Republicans voted with Democrats on a procedural motion that killed the bill, putting in danger McCarthy’s plan to pass the CR.
That defense bill was one of 12 appropriations bills Congress has to pass to fund the government for the next fiscal year.
If neither a CR nor the 12 appropriations bills are passed by September 30th, the government shuts down.
‘I got a small group of members who don’t want to vote for CR, don’t want to vote for individual bills and don’t want to vote for an omni. I’m not quite sure what they want,’ the speaker told Punchbowl News earlier.
Speaker Kevin McCarthy vowed ‘I never quit’
However, whatever Republicans come up with in the House is nearly certain to be rejected by the Senate, which is controlled by Democrats.
McCarthy has made it clear he is getting fed up with the threats and antics from his own conservative wing. And their threats to remove him from office.
‘I never quit,’ he wrote on X on Tuesday, posting a video of him vowing to stay on the job.
But if Republicans go around their own conservatives, make a deal with Senate Democrats, pass a budget and it gets signed by Biden, the consequences could be dire for McCarthy.
‘It’d be the end of his speakership,’ said Representative Ralph Norman, a member of the conservative wing of the GOP. ‘The ball´s in Kevin’s court.’
Meanwhile, House Republicans are pushing forward with their impeachment inquiry into President Biden.
The first hearing will be on Thursday. House investigators have issued a subpoena for Hunter’s bank records. But Gaetz is challenging McCarthy to approve a subpoena for the president’s son to appear before Congress.
Republicans have charged Biden and his family made millions off shell companies Hunter Biden formed when his father was vice president. Hunter had business deals with an energy company in the Ukraine, received a discounted stake in a private-equity firm in China, and did consulting for a Romanian real-estate magnate.
The president has denied any involvement in his son’s business dealings. But Republicans claim at least a dozen Biden family members could be involved in a scheme to benefit financially from Biden’s public office.
The GOP also claim Biden sat in on at least 24 calls with Hunter’s business partners and was referred to as ‘the big guy’ by Hunter’s business associates. And they say Joe Biden used pseudonyms to discuss his activities related to Ukraine with his son Hunter during his time as vice president.
The White House has repeatedly denied Biden has conducted any wrongdoing. The president himself has said he was not involved with any of Hunter’s business deals.
Hunter Biden is under investigation for his foreign business deals
Some of Hunter’s former associates, however, have testified that Joe Biden spoke to Hunter’s business associates but the president’s defenders say it was quick conversation and merely cordial, not related to any dealmaking.
Joe Biden also used various private email addresses from which he would sometimes send, receive and forward government correspondence according to emails found on Hunter Biden’s now-infamous laptop.
‘Robin Ware,’ ‘Robert L. Peters’ and ‘JRB ware’ were three pseudonyms used on emails that were about both official and family business.
The White House argues it’s common for public figures to use false names.