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House Panel Launches Impeachment Inquiry into President Biden, Directed by McCarthy

September 12, 2023

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced on Tuesday that he is instructing a House committee to initiate an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden’s family business dealings, marking a significant development leading up to the 2024 election.

McCarthy cited findings from the House Oversight Committee’s investigation, alleging a “culture of corruption” surrounding the Biden family’s business affairs, particularly those of Hunter Biden, before Joe Biden assumed the presidency. McCarthy stated, “These are allegations of abuse of power, obstruction, and corruption, and they warrant further investigation by the House of Representatives. That’s why today I am directing our House committee to open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden.”

This move comes as McCarthy faces pressure from the more conservative faction within the Republican party to take action against Biden while also grappling with the challenge of passing essential legislation to prevent a government shutdown by the end of the month.

The potential impeachment charges were outlined by McCarthy, and he plans to hold closed-door meetings with lawmakers throughout the week to discuss the impeachment of President Biden.

With government funding set to expire on September 30, McCarthy finds himself in a political quandary, attempting to appease his conservative colleagues and avoid a government shutdown, but with no clear resolution in sight.

The Biden administration has dismissed the impeachment efforts as politically motivated, with White House spokesman Ian Sams stating, “The consequences for the American people are too serious.”

This impeachment push coincides with former President Donald Trump facing serious legal charges, including attempts to overturn the 2020 election that Biden won.

While House Republicans investigate Hunter Biden’s business dealings, they have not yet produced concrete evidence linking him to the President. An impeachment inquiry is expected to lend more weight to the House investigation, particularly in their efforts to access the financial records of the Biden family.

Republicans argue that the Justice Department’s investigation into Hunter Biden has been inadequate, and they claim he received preferential treatment in a plea deal that recently fell apart, leading to the appointment of a special prosecutor.

The White House maintains that President Biden was not involved in his son’s business matters, while Democrats on the Oversight Committee are gearing up to combat what they perceive as baseless allegations ahead of the 2024 election.

Meanwhile, Rep. James Comer, the Republican chairman leading the Oversight Committee, is delving into the Biden family’s finances and seeking Hunter Biden’s banking records to trace money flows.

In another development, Comer has demanded documents from the State Department related to Biden’s efforts as vice president during the Obama administration to combat corruption in Ukraine, particularly regarding the removal of Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin due to corruption allegations.

As the deadline for government funding looms, conservatives within McCarthy’s majority are advocating spending cuts and opposing the spending levels negotiated by the speaker with President Biden earlier in the year. McCarthy is attempting to propose a 30-day stopgap measure to extend government funding until November 1, but conservative members are resisting, particularly regarding COVID-19 vaccine spending, mandates, and Russia’s conflict in Ukraine.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Rep. Matt Gaetz are among the conservatives emphasizing their “red lines” and warning McCarthy of potential backlash if he doesn’t vigorously pursue spending reductions.

In the House, opponents of McCarthy can call for a vote at any time to attempt to remove him from the speaker’s position, adding further complexity to the political landscape.

(Source: AP)

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