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Christie: ‘I don’t see evidence yet that would support impeaching Biden’

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) knocked House Republicans Tuesday following reports that they will take another step toward an impeachment inquiry into President Biden.

“I don’t see evidence yet that would support impeaching Biden, and I think we’re cheapening impeachment by doing that kind of thing,” Christie said in an MSNBC interview Tuesday.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will endorse an effort from members of his caucus to pursue an impeachment inquiry for the president over his son Hunter Biden’s prior business deals, The Hill confirmed Tuesday.

McCarthy previously called an impeachment inquiry the “logical next step” in the House’s investigation process.

The Republicans clamoring for impeachment claim that the president used his position and influence to help his son strike significant business deals. The younger Biden is under investigation by a federal special counsel in Delaware.

Christie did support ongoing investigations into the Biden family business dealings.

“There is a lot of smoke around the Hunter Biden and Joe Biden business relationships, and we need to have a thorough investigation of it,” he said. “There are too many connections now, too many inconsistencies in the president’s story in what he has said and what others have said.”

The presidential candidate likened the new Biden impeachment calls to Democrats’ first impeachment of former President Trump in 2019 over threats he made to Ukraine to withhold U.S. aid.

“We need to know the facts on that,” Christie said. “Then we can make an intelligent decision on whether the facts exist to move forward to something more serious.”

Multiple other Republicans, including Reps. Don Bacon (R-Neb.), Mike Lawler (R-N.Y.) and Ken Buck (R-Colo.), have publicly stated that they do not support a Biden impeachment inquiry yet.

Bacon said any move toward impeachment should be focused on evidence of Biden’s alleged misconduct, not the conduct of his son.

“I think an inquiry should be based on evidence of a crime that points directly to President Biden, or if the president doesn’t cooperate by not providing documents,” Bacon said. “Many of us don’t want to see impeachment become something that is commonly used against every president.”

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