The impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden is veering toward criminal charges, according to House Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan (R-OH).
The Ohio Republican recently outlined three crimes which he believes may have occurred if President Biden can be found culpable in business activities by members of his family who profited off his political prominence. Any charges driving the inquiry, which was formally approved last week in a full vote by the House, have never been laid out until now.
According to Rep. Jordan, there is sufficient evidence to believe that President Biden may have accepted bribes, abused his authority as vice president, and obstructed investigations on behalf of his son Hunter Biden.
“We’re potentially looking at bribery; we’re looking at abuse of power; we’re looking at possible obstruction,” said Jordan. He added that that House Republicans are seeking evidence as to whether the president knew or encouraged his embattled son to unlawfully ignore a congressional subpoena earlier this week.
“Joe Biden knew that his son was going to go do this press conference and not show up for the deposition. And they had talked about that,” Jordan said.“He [Hunter] shows up on Capitol Hill and the Senate side but won’t come for the deposition.”
At issue, Jordan claims, is a shifting narrative coming from Hunter Biden as well as the White House. Both initially denied that President Biden was involved at all with business activities that have ensnared his son on tax evasion charges. More recently, Hunter claimed that his father was not “financially involved,” a significant departure from previous claims.
“And I think his press conference — there was one line that I think stood out to me, and I think most Americans, and that’s when he said, ‘My father was not financially involved in [my] business activities.’ And that qualifier, the word financial, I think is different than anything we’ve heard before. Because before it was, ‘Joe Biden had no involvement whatsoever.’ Then it was, ‘He was not involved personally with the business,’ and now it is, ‘He was not involved financially with the business,’ so we literally went from no involvement [to this],” Jordan said.
Key elements of the impeachment inquiry to revolve around testimony by business partners and members of the Biden family, he added.
“We need to talk to Eric Schwerin, one of the other business partners. We need to talk to Jim Biden. We need to talk to Rob Walker. We need to talk to Kevin Morris, this guy who paid a bunch of Hunter Biden’s taxes — [he] kind of [came] out of the blue and did that. So we need to talk to these folks and finalize our investigative work and then, as I said before, make a decision in this.”
Working with House Oversight Chair James Comer (R-KY), Jordan has already unveiled a network of shell companies set up by Hunter Biden and business partner Devon Archer to funnel money from overseas business deals to other members of the family. James Biden, the president’s brother, has received a subpoena ordering him to explain a $40,000 payment from his wife Sara to the president which was marked a “loan repayment.” President Biden has denied any wrongdoing and in recent days has been under a tremendous amount of stress due to his son’s prosecution. Aides to the president suggest the multiple investigations are causing him to regret running for a second term.