Friday, during an appearance on NewsNation, U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Hoover), a member of the House Oversight Committee, offered his thoughts on a House Republican-led effort to launch an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden.

Palmer insisted Biden's disproven statements on his involvement with his son Hunter Biden's financial dealings suggested a need for the inquiry.

He also reacted to Hunter Biden's decision to forego a deposition hearing on Capitol Hill last week, which could put the younger Biden at risk of a contempt of Congress citation.

"[M]y question to you was this part of the plan, sir?" "Morning in America" co-host Markie Martin asked. "You know, you force him into a closed-door deposition, which, you know, he's probably not going to show up for you. You threaten being held in contempt of Congress to know that's likely another stain on him and the White House. Was that part of the plan because it seems like six months ago if Hunter Biden said 'I'll testify publicly,' every Republican would have taken him up on that offer."

"Well, he needs to be deposed, and that's an opportunity for him to explain his side of the same without the glare of the TV lights and cameras," Palmer replied. "He had an opportunity to do that with his lawyer. At a minimum, he could have come in and taken the Fifth on every question. But he didn't. And in terms of contempt of Congress. I think what he did was he showed contempt for the American people. I honestly believe they think the American people are too dumb to understand what's going on here. But if the polls are any indication, they're not fooling anyone."

Jeff Poor is the editor in chief of 1819 News and host of "The Jeff Poor Show," heard Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon on Mobile's FM Talk 106.5. To connect or comment, email or follow him on Twitter @jeff_poor.

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