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By Chris Jennewein, Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo by Chris Stone, Times of San Diego

September 12, 2023 (Washington, D.C.) -- Rep. Darrell Issa said Tuesday he “fully supports” an impeachment inquiry, accusing President Biden and his family of a “culture of corruption that is crippling this presidency.”

The conservative Republican who represents east San Diego County said he looked forward to contributing to the inquiry.

“I fully support the decision today by Speaker (Kevin) McCarthy. The initial evidence uncovered by this Congress is overwhelming and the time has come,” Issa said.

“As a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, I look forward to contributing to this inquiry and revealing the full facts regarding the President’s actions,” he said.

Issa did not cite specific evidence, but pointed to what he alleged was “participation, and profiteering from the selling of access and the peddling of influence undertaken by his family.”

“With this formal inquiry, Congress will utilize its full capabilities to conduct its constitutional duty and complete a full unearthing of the culture of corruption that is crippling this presidency and staining the highest office in the land,” Issa said.

McCarthy on Tuesday directed various House committees to open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Biden, but did not seek a vote, which may not have passed amid opposition from moderate Republicans.

Right-wing firebrand Rep. Matt Gaetz, who represents a rural district in Florida, called McCarthy’s action a “baby step” and threatened again to oust him as speaker.

The Republican-led House Oversight Committee has been investigating the Biden family for months, but has not found that the President benefited financially from his son Hunter Biden’s business dealings, or proved that he made any policy decisions because of them.

Hoping to capitalize on Issa’s stance is Democrat Stephen Houlahan, the executive nurse from Santee who lost to Issa by nearly 20 percentage points last November.

He’s running again in Issa’s heavily Republican 48th District and regularly posts to X, the former Twitter, about Issa being a traitor under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.

He told Times of San Diego: “The impeachment probe is completely uncalled for and unsubstantiated under the rule of law. Darrell Issa and the Republicans in Congress are abusing their power and failing to properly represent the constituents who elected them.”

The other four members of the San Diego County congressional delegation — Democratic Reps. Mike Levin, Sara Jacobs, Scott Peters and Juan Vargas — have yet to comment publicly on the impeachment inquiry.

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