Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) appeared to change his views in a matter of just a couple days this week on House Republicans’ impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden.
“I am directing our House committees to open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden,” Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Over the past several months, House Republicans have uncovered serious and credible allegations into President Biden’s conduct — a culture of corruption.”
Cornyn initially came out against the inquiry, suggesting that it was a waste of time and House Republicans would be better served by focusing on other things.
“It really comes to how do you prioritize your time? I don’t know of anybody who believes Chuck Schumer will take it up and actually have a trial and convict a sitting president,” Cornyn, a member of the GOP Senate leadership, said in a statement.
“Since they got the majority, they got the chairmen of the various committees, they could do all of that now without going to a formal inquiry. Members of the House don’t really care what I think. All I can tell you, it’s unlikely to be successful in the Senate,” he continued.
“Rather than doing something they know is unlikely to end the way they would like, maybe they want to emphasize other things.”
However, Cornyn reversed course a couple of days later, saying he now believes that “President Biden has committed the sorts of acts that warrant an impeachment inquiry, so I don’t have any trouble with an impeachment inquiry.”
“I think there’s been more than enough smoke to warrant a continued investigation into the president’s activities, particularly with regard to his son’s actions,” he continued.
It’s not clear what led to the change of position for Cornyn, although a source close to Senate leadership told The Daily Wire that not supporting the inquiry added to a “list of liabilities” that could prevent him from holding higher positions in Senate leadership.
The source said one of the major liabilities that Cornyn had among Republicans was his support for a gun control bill that was later signed into law by President Biden.