What to Know in Washington: Republicans Divided Over Impeachment

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Congressional Republicans are divided over whether the House should embark on an impeachment inquiry involving President Joe Biden while polls show voters are more concerned about the economy.

House lawmakers from the most conservative districts are keen to rev up the voters back home — and ward off potential primary challengers — with an impeachment probe. Senate GOP leaders, eyeing an election next year chock full of vulnerable Democrats, want to focus instead on the economy because that’s what moves independents seen as key to winning close races.

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Tensions among Republicans over pursuing a Biden impeachment have flared in recent weeks as scrutiny intensifies on his son, Hunter Biden, with the election a little more than a year away. On Friday, Attorney General Merrick Garland made the prosecutor investigating the younger Biden a special counsel, meaning the legal drama could continue into the election year.

Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.), a member of the far-right House Freedom Caucus, that same day became the third House Republican to file articles of impeachment against the president, alleging he’s deeply tied to allegations and investigations surrounding his son. Critics of the president have cited his management of the Mexican border and possible involvement in his son’s foreign business dealings as potential grounds for impeachment.

So far, Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has held off on a final decision about an impeachment inquiry, though he strongly suggested last month before lawmakers left for recess that a probe could begin, citing concerns over Biden family finances and allegations of corruption involving Hunter Biden. Read the full story from Laura Litvan.


  • Around 11 a.m., Biden will welcome South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio to the Camp David Trilateral Summit. Read more about the meeting.
  • The trio will hold a joint press conference around 3 p.m.
  • The president and first lady depart Camp David around 6 p.m. to travel to Reno, Nevada.
  • National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan will gaggle with press at the Camp David Filing Center around 8:30 a.m.

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