US House Announces Formal Biden Impeachment Inquiry

( – On September 12, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced the launch of a formal impeachment process against President Biden. McCarthy said there are “serious and credible” allegations of misconduct by the president. The White House has already condemned the move, claiming it’s politically motivated.

McCarthy Orders Inquiry

At a press briefing on September 12, McCarthy told journalists that investigations by congressional Republicans had found a “culture of corruption” surrounding the president and his family. He said they involve “abuse of power, obstruction and corruption” and should now be investigated by the House. He said the investigation will be led by the chairs of the House Oversight, Judiciary, and Ways and Means committees. The main focus is likely to be whether the Biden family’s often controversial business dealings — particularly those of Hunter Biden — have also benefited the president.

McCarthy isn’t leading the push to impeach Biden; he’s been forced into it by the right wing of his party, who have threatened to bring down his speakership if he doesn’t act on the allegations against the president. However, whether he’s enthusiastic about impeachment or not, he’s now started the process.

The three committee chairs who will lead the inquiry — Representatives James Comer (R-KY, Oversight), Jason Smith (R-MO, Ways and Means), and Jim Jordan (R-OH, Judiciary) have handled the initial investigations, and they’re determined to make the allegations stick. They took a different approach from colleagues like Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who wanted to push ahead with an impeachment attempt as soon as the GOP took back control of the House; now McCarthy’s reluctance to act means Republicans have the chance to move ahead with a properly researched case.

Although the investigators admit that so far they haven’t discovered any direct evidence of Biden benefiting from his family’s business dealings, they’ve found a network of more than 20 companies set up by his relatives after he became vice president in 2009 — and identified over $20 million in payments into that network. McCarthy also says family members have received special treatment from the Justice Department under the Biden administration.

The White House Responds

Many Democrats have criticized the impeachment attempt, with Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) accusing McCarthy of being “held hostage” by his own party. The White House itself, meanwhile, seems to be applying pressure to the media to give favorable coverage to the story. Spokesman Ian Sams has written to media outlets calling on them to “ramp up… scrutiny of House Republicans.” Fox anchor John Roberts called Sams’s letter “a pretty audacious attempt at hand-holding.” If the administration is so determined to pressure the media on this story, perhaps it’s worried what McCarthy’s inquiry will find.   

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