The House voted Wednesday to begin an impeachment inquiry into the actions of President Joe Biden, which Republicans say would help them enforce subpoenas and document demands.
The investigation was authorized by a vote of 221-212.
🚨BREAKING: The House Has Passed the Impeachment Inquiry Resolution.
With this vote, we are now in better legal standing to fight the White House’s obstruction.
— Oversight Committee (@GOPoversight) December 13, 2023
Back in September, then-Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) declared unilaterally that the House will launch an impeachment investigation on Biden to determine whether he had committed high crimes and misdemeanors.
The investigation has focused on whether Biden improperly used his position of power as vice president to enrich himself and his family, whether he used his influence as president to pressure the Justice Department to avoid prosecuting his son Hunter Biden on certain charges, and how involved Joe Biden was in his family’s foreign business dealings.
The investigation is centered on an accusation revealed in an FBI tip sheet that Joe and Hunter Biden accepted payments from Burisma, a Ukrainian energy firm on whose board Hunter Biden served, in exchange for then-Vice President Biden pressing the Ukrainian government to remove a prosecutor.
The inquiry’s leaders, Reps. James Comer (R-KY), Jim Jordan (R-OH), and Jason Smith (R-MO), have been unable to produce conclusive evidence to prove existing allegations, but they hope that by authorizing an impeachment inquiry, they will be able to gather information to prove or dismiss those allegations.
“President Biden must be held accountable for his lies and obstruction,” Comer stated as the motion was being debated.
They now feel that by having the whole House authorize the probe, they will have more legal authority to execute the subpoenas and information demands.
The decision came only hours after Hunter Biden appeared at the Capitol to give a statement to the press, defying a congressional subpoena to testify behind closed doors.
“For six years I’ve been the target of the unrelenting Trump attack machine shouting ‘Where’s Hunter?’ Here’s my answer: I’m right here,” the younger Biden said.
The White House and Congressional Democrats have slammed Republicans for launching an impeachment investigation on Joe Biden, alleging it is a political witch hunt that is not based on facts or truth.
“Marjorie Taylor Greene and the most extreme members of the House Republican conference are pushing ahead with this partisan smear campaign despite the fact that members of their own party have admitted there is no evidence to support impeaching President Biden,” Ian Sams, White House Spokesperson for Oversight and Investigations said Monday.
Last week, President Joe Biden vehemently denied that he had anything to do with his son Hunter Biden’s illicit business activities.
New York Post reporter Steven Nelson asked Biden if he would explain why he interacted with “so many” of his son and brother’s foreign business associates.
“I did not. And it’s just a bunch of lies. They’re lies. I did not. They’re lies,” the 81-year-old president protested.
However, there is a mountain of evidence that Joe Biden has lied about his knowledge of his son Hunter Biden’s corrupt foreign influence-peddling and has met with his business associates on numerous occasions.
“The President just lied again to the American people,” House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) responded on X. “FACT: There are at least 22 examples of Joe Biden speaking with or meeting with Hunter Biden’s foreign business associates.”
On Friday, the House Oversight Committee released testimony from IRS whistleblowers, Gary Shapley and Joe Ziegler, that established the “clear links between Joe Biden and Hunter Biden’s business dealings.”
This follows in the aftermath of Hunter Biden getting hit with nine new charges in a federal indictment in California, based in large part on the agents’ tax investigation.