Rep. James Comer, the leader of House Republicans’ impeachment inquiry into President Biden, has repeatedly exaggerated and distorted the findings of his investigation into the Biden family this year.
Why it matters: How Comer handles the inquiry as chair of the House Oversight Committee could be critical to whether many Americans see the impeachment probe as credible or partisan — and could go a long way toward determining how it will affect the 2024 election.
Zoom in: GOP members and aides praise Comer for uncovering fresh information about the president and his son Hunter’s business interests that has contradicted Joe Biden’s public statements.
Yes, but: The House GOP officials say Comer has at times undermined his credibility by being a sloppy communicator — especially in TV interviews during the past year in which he has overstated his committee’s findings.
A spokesperson for Comer declined to comment.
The intrigue: Comer’s TV performances have frustrated and confused some of his GOP colleagues and their top aides, who worry that the Kentucky congressman could fuel a backlash against Republicans in the 2024 elections.
Some House Republicans aren’t as convinced as Comer that Joe Biden did anything corrupt, even if they believe his son may have.
What’s next: Comer will lead the impeachment inquiry but Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who chairs the Judiciary Committee, would lead any impeachment procedure that could result from the inquiry, Punchbowl News reported Wednesday.