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What does McCarthy’s removal mean for Biden investigations, daily functioning of the House? Experts weigh in

Academics and experts with in-depth knowledge on how the U.S. government operates told Fox News Digital that former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s, R-Calif., removal from his post on Tuesday would likely not prevent the chamber from continuing to function, which includes the investigations into the Biden family and the impeachment inquiry against President Biden.

“There’s nothing that requires committees to slow down their activities, so there’s no reason why the Hunter Biden investigation or the impeachment-related investigation conducted on a joint committee basis would have to slow down,” said Steven S. Smith, a professor at the Arizona State University School of Politics & Global Affairs.

Smith went on to say that “not a whole lot” would happen with the investigations in the span of a week anyway, assuming the search for a new permanent speaker to replace McCarthy and take over for Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry swiftly concludes.

McCarthy was removed from his short-lived speakership by a narrow 216-210 vote on Tuesday, with eight Republicans joining all Democrats in voting in favor of the motion to vacate that was introduced late Monday by U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla.

According to U.S. Rep. Greg Murphy, R-N.C., the GOP conference’s plan was to have a candidate forum on Tuesday then a vote on Wednesday to decide who would succeed McCarthy.

Brandon Gillespie is an associate editor at Fox News. Follow him on Twitter at @brandon_cg.

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