ABC’s Jon Karl agonized over the prospect of Republicans investigating President Joe Biden if they win control of the House in a recent episode of “This Week.”
Karl sat down with Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin to interview him about the coming November elections, Republicans’ plans for Congress, and a potential presidential bid from the Virginia governor himself.
Karl began by asking Youngkin, who has been campaigning across the nation for different Republican candidates ahead of this critical election, what the closing argument for the GOP would be in these midterms.
“Americans are hurting right now and Republican gubernatorial candidates, because that’s who I’ve been spending a lot of time with, are offering common sense solutions to these most critical issues. Americans are sitting around their tables in the evening and they’re worried about inflation and they’re worried about crime and they’re worried about their schools and they’re worried about the border. Every state’s become a border state. And Republicans have clear-cut common sense solutions to all of these. And what they’ve seen is that the liberal Democrats don’t. And it’s that clear right now,” Youngkin replied.
Karl noted that Youngkin has also been campaigning for congressional candidates as well, and asked if Republicans do gain control of the House, how do they go about working with President Biden. Youngkin stated clearly that he believes there will be a red majority in both bodies of the legislature, and he placed the onus back on the president himself; insisting that the November 8th elections will be a “wake-up call” for the 79-year-old.
“Well, first, I think they will both have majorities. And I think the statement on Tuesday is going to be pretty clear. And I think there will be a larger majority in the House than people may have thought a few months ago. And I think there will be a clear majority in the Senate,” he began. “And this is going to be a wake-up call to President Biden. And I hope he answers it because what’s happened over the last two years has really caused a lot of problems in America. I hope that President Biden sees what Americans are going to – are going to say to him on Tuesday, which is, we’re not happy and we need a different agenda. And – and I think that a Republican-led House and a Republican-led Senate are going to work to deliver on promises made. And I hope Joe Biden listens.”
Instead of diving into those issues, Karl expressed his consternation that a Republican-led Congress may hold its opposition’s leaders accountable for the problems that have plagued Americans the last two years.
“You know, I’m hearing a lot, though, of talk about investigations, investigations into Hunter Biden, the FBI, all things Anthony Fauci. Republicans talking about going, you know, all in if they take control of particularly the House,” Karl said, asking if that was really what Republicans were campaigning on.
Youngkin suggested that a Republican-led Congress and the Biden White House will have to find ways to cooperate with each other but maintained that the legislature has a responsibility to execute its oversight.
“I think that – that the House and the Senate and the White House are going to have to go to work and offer solutions. On top of that, our democracy is better when our Congress exercises its responsibility for oversight. And they can also deliver answers,” said Youngkin.
“What about all this impeachment talk?” Karl continued. “I mean, I’ve gone through — I can count at least three members of the Biden Cabinet that Republicans have talked about impeaching. And obviously, there have already been impeachment resolutions introduced, many of them, for Biden himself. Would that be a mistake for Republicans, to go in with impeachment?”
“I believe strongly that our democracy is better when our Congress exercises its oversight functions,” Youngkin responded quickly.
Unsatisfied, Karl pressed again. “Impeachment?”
“The reality of this is that Virginians are going to vote for congressional representatives, and I think that we’re going to see a number of seats flip. And they want them to go to work to deliver,” said Youngkin.
When later asked if Youngkin was planning for a run for the executive office in 2024, or whether his decision would be affected by a campaign announcement from former president Donald Trump, he was less direct but didn’t rule anything out.
“I really have not given it any real consideration. And I have been so focused on making sure that I’m doing a great job in Virginia and supporting candidates that I think will deliver for their constituents. This is a November 8th moment, and the reality is, folks that are talking about things beyond November the 8th, I think, are missing the priority of today’s moment,” said Youngkin.
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