President Joe Biden made his first remarks Wednesday about the Republican-led impeachment inquiry House Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced this week.
“I don’t know quite why, but they just knew they wanted to impeach me. And now, the best I can tell, they want to impeach me because they want to shut down the government,” Biden said at a campaign reception in McLean, Virginia.
“So look, look, I got a job to do. Everybody always asked about impeachment. I get up every day, not a joke, not focused on impeachment. I’ve got a job to do. I’ve got to deal with the issues that affect the American people every single solitary day,” he said.
McCarthy, R-Calif., announced Tuesday that he was directing three House committees to launch an impeachment inquiry after he indicated this month that he would not open such an inquiry without first holding a floor vote.
Congress also faces a Sept. 30 deadline to fund the government to avert a shutdown. Hard-line GOP House members are pushing for spending cuts in funding legislation that Biden will have to sign to keep the government open.