US House Launches Impeachment, the US House of Representatives voted Wednesday to formalize an impeachment investigation on President Joe Biden, increasing Republicans’ struggle with Democrats ahead of the 2024 election in a move Biden himself described as a “baseless” spectacle.
Republicans, focusing on Biden’s son Hunter’s problematic overseas dealings, have yet to offer evidence of the president’s criminality, and even if the investigation did lead to an impeachment trial, the Democratic-led Senate would be unlikely to convict him.
US House Launches Impeachment Inquiry Against Biden
Regardless, the procedure provides Republicans with a new, high-profile platform to criticize Biden as he runs for reelection – and to divert attention away from the federal criminal cases in which his almost inevitable opponent, Donald Trump, is embroiled.
The result was 221 to 212, with every Republican voting for it and every Democrat voting against it.
Conservatives accuse Biden’s troublesome son Hunter of using the family name in pay-to-play scams during his business transactions in Ukraine and China.
The claims against Hunter Biden concern instances that occurred before his father was elected president, and the White House has stated that there was no misconduct.
Biden responded immediately after the vote, accusing Republicans of procrastinating on vital issues like government funding while obsessed over political points ahead of the election.
“Instead of doing anything to help make Americans’ lives better, they are focused on attacking me with lies,” said Vice President Joe Biden in a statement.
“Instead of doing their job on the urgent work that needs to be done, they are choosing to waste time on this baseless political stunt that even Republicans in Congress admit is not supported by facts.”
Republicans maintain that the job is worthwhile.
“As President Biden continues to obstruct lawful Congressional subpoenas, today’s vote by the full House of Representatives authorizing the inquiry puts us in the strongest position to enforce these subpoenas in court,” House Speaker Mike Johnson and other Republican leadership members said.
“The American people deserve answers,” they added jointly. “This impeachment inquiry will help us find them.”
‘There is no evidence.’ Hunter Biden, whose tumultuous personal life and economic connections have sparked right-wing conspiracy theories and media probes, released an angry statement in Washington.
“My father was not financially involved in my business,” he told me. Hunter Biden, a Yale-educated lawyer and lobbyist-turned-artist whose life has been scarred by personal tragedy, alcoholism, and crack cocaine addiction, spoke to reporters from Capitol Hill after declining to attend a closed-door hearing hosted by Republicans just inside.
The Republican Party began investigating a prospective Biden impeachment earlier this year, spurred on by Trump, who was impeached twice, including for his attempts to change the results of his 2020 election loss to Biden. Hearings began in late September, culminating in the decision to hold the vote on Wednesday.
The investigations, according to House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, have “revealed how Joe Biden knew of, participated in, and benefited from his family cashing in on the Biden name around the world.”
Experts interviewed during the proceedings, on the other hand, indicated there was no evidence to support an impeachment of Biden. Democrats claim the Republicans are purely political.
“There is zero evidence that President Biden has engaged in any wrongdoing,” House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries said on Tuesday.
According to the US Constitution, Congress has the authority to remove a president for “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”
Impeachment by the House, the political equivalent of a criminal charge, would trigger a Senate trial, with the president losing his job if convicted – an unlikely possibility for Biden given the chamber’s Democratic control.
Even though three US presidents have been impeached — Andrew Johnson in 1868, Bill Clinton in 1998, and Trump in 2019 and 2021 – none has been removed from office by the Senate.