The House of Representatives, under Republican leadership, has initiated a formal impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden. Spearheaded by Chairman Jason Smith (R-MO) of the Ways and Means Committee, this marks a significant escalation in the scrutiny of President Biden’s alleged misconduct.
The core of the impeachment delves into Joe Biden’s involvement in his family’s foreign business dealings, especially the potential criminal finance violations during his 2020 presidential campaign. The move echoes the political tensions that have been simmering since former President Donald Trump’s impeachments.
The momentum for the inquiry gained traction following strong advocacy from former President Trump and several Republican Congress members. They have expressed a determined intent to counter the impeachments of Trump by launching a similar process against Biden. Notably, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) was quick to file impeachment articles against Biden just a day after his inauguration.
Amidst internal pressures, former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) faced crucial pressure to impeach Biden. In June the House voted to initiate an investigation into Biden’s removal, advancing two impeachment articles authored by Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) to committee deliberations.
In September, McCarthy directed three pivotal House committees—Judiciary, Oversight, and Ways and Means—to commence a formal impeachment inquiry against Biden.
“I am directing our House committees to open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden. Over the past several months, House Republicans have uncovered serious and credible allegations into President Biden’s conduct—a culture of corruption,” wrote McCarthy.
“Through our investigations, we have found that President Biden did lie to the American people about his own knowledge of his family’s foreign business dealings. Eye witnesses have testified that the president joined on multiple phone calls and had multiple interactions, dinners, resulting in millions of dollars into his son’s and son’s business partners. We know that nearly $20 million in payments were directed to the Biden family members and associates through various shell companies,” he added.
The inquiry primarily investigated allegations concerning Biden’s vice-presidential tenure, where he is accused of using his official capacity to facilitate Hunter Biden’s business interactions and of being cognizant of these dealings. Additionally, the inquiry scrutinizes whether Joe Biden benefitted from Hunter’s foreign business engagements.
The Oversight Committee, under Rep. James Comer’s (R-KY) leadership, is at the forefront of this inquiry. It has issued subpoenas to Hunter Biden and seeks bank records of Hunter and Frank Biden, probing into the Biden family’s financial activities. Central to the investigation is the allegation of Biden’s intervention in Ukraine to shield Burisma, where Hunter Biden was a board member.
Earlier on Wednesday the House Oversight Committee also announced plans to initiate contempt of Congress proceedings against Hunter. This followed the President’s son’s refusal to comply with the subpoena.
Despite the inquiry’s progression, the likelihood of House Republicans, with their slim majority, marshaling enough support for actual impeachment remains uncertain. The Democrat-controlled Senate is unlikely to vote for Biden’s removal. On top of this, the White House has vehemently criticized the inquiry, dismissing the subpoenas and demands for testimonies as politically motivated rather than founded on legitimate investigative purposes.