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Biden Dismisses House Impeachment Inquiry, Asserts Republicans Aim to Halt Government Operations

by Gabriel Martinez
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Impeachment Inquiry Against Biden

Late on Wednesday, President Joe Biden downplayed the impeachment inquiry initiated by House Republicans, stating that he believes their primary objective is to bring about a federal government shutdown.

Addressing a Democratic fundraiser in Virginia, Biden said that rather than being preoccupied with the ongoing investigation, he is directing his attention towards the issues that matter most to the American public.

This was Biden’s first public statement following the announcement made by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy regarding the initiation of an impeachment inquiry into Biden. Concurrently, McCarthy is grappling with the challenge of securing votes to finance the federal government and avoid a shutdown.

“The underlying motive, as far as I can discern, for them wanting to impeach me is their desire to halt the operations of the federal government,” Biden asserted.

Biden also mentioned Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., a prominent supporter of his main political adversary looking ahead to the 2024 elections, Donald Trump. “Upon her election, her immediate priority was to pursue my impeachment,” Biden noted.

“My responsibility is clear: to manage the issues that impact the lives of Americans each and every day,” Biden said to his audience.

The abrupt decision by McCarthy to pursue an impeachment inquiry over the commercial engagements of Biden’s son, Hunter, and the financial dealings of the Biden family, has garnered support from even the most hesitant among the GOP legislators. Some advocate for quick proceedings, while others anticipate a protracted process that could extend into the 2024 election year.

In a closed meeting on Wednesday, McCarthy defended his rationale for the inquiry, an action favored by former President Trump. McCarthy is currently facing political pressure, notably from right-wing factions allied with Trump, who have indicated potential allegations such as abuse of power, corruption, and obstruction as possible articles of impeachment.

McCarthy told Capitol reporters, “There are numerous accusations; the objective is to ascertain the truth.”

In response, the White House has activated its defense against what it categorizes as “baseless and unprecedented allegations” directed at the President concerning his son, Hunter, and the family’s financial affairs.

The White House reiterated that President Biden had no involvement in his son’s business activities. To date, Republicans have failed to produce substantial evidence implicating Biden senior, who had occasionally interacted with his son during his tenure as Vice President and had attended a business dinner with his son’s associates.

In a comprehensive 14-page memo disseminated to media executives, the White House urged accountability for Republicans, stating that they are “veering towards impeachment over claims that are not only baseless but have, in almost all instances, been actively refuted.”

Earlier in the day, Biden did not engage with reporters asking questions about impeachment during an event at the White House focused on cancer research. Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary, labeled the inquiry as “a political maneuver.”

As for Donald Trump, the presumed GOP candidate for the 2024 presidential elections, he holds the unique distinction of being impeached twice, although acquitted on both occasions, and is currently facing four separate criminal indictments.

House Republicans seem keen to expedite the impeachment process. “The sooner we proceed, the better,” said Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., who chairs the Oversight Committee overseeing the inquiry.

Meanwhile, Kevin McCarthy’s decision to initiate the impeachment inquiry has not pacified the conservative wing of his party, which is pressing for reduced federal expenditure, thereby heightening the risk of a government shutdown if an agreement on funding is not reached by September 30, when current appropriations expire.

On the Democratic side, resistance against both the impeachment proceedings and Republican efforts to slash federal spending is anticipated.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., criticized McCarthy for not bringing the inquiry to a full House vote, saying, “This demonstrates his submission to extremist elements in his party and is indicative of his leadership’s frailty and susceptibility to influence by Donald Trump.”

Nevertheless, moderate Republicans, particularly those representing districts won by Biden in the 2020 election, generally support McCarthy’s decision to proceed with the impeachment investigation.

“The issue warrants thorough investigation,” said Rep. Mike Garcia, R-Calif.

In summary, the political climate remains tense, with the impeachment inquiry and federal funding issues presenting substantial challenges for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

Contributions to this report were made by Farnoush Amiri, Darlene Superville, Chris Megerian, and Colleen Long, correspondents for Big Big News.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Impeachment Inquiry Against Biden

What is the main focus of the impeachment inquiry against President Biden?

The main focus of the impeachment inquiry initiated by House Republicans is the business dealings of Biden’s son, Hunter, and the financial affairs of the Biden family.

Who announced the initiation of the impeachment inquiry against President Biden?

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced the initiation of the impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden.

What was President Biden’s response to the impeachment inquiry?

President Biden dismissed the impeachment inquiry, stating that he believes the primary motive behind it is to shut down the federal government. He emphasized that he is more concerned about issues that affect the American public.

Who is supporting Kevin McCarthy’s decision to initiate the impeachment inquiry?

The decision by Kevin McCarthy has garnered support from even the most hesitant among GOP legislators. Some advocate for quick proceedings, while others expect a protracted process that could extend into the 2024 election year.

What is the stance of the White House on the allegations made in the impeachment inquiry?

The White House has activated its defense against what it categorizes as “baseless and unprecedented allegations” directed at President Biden concerning his son, Hunter, and the family’s financial affairs. They emphasized that President Biden had no involvement in his son’s business activities.

Is there bipartisan support for the impeachment inquiry?

No, the impeachment inquiry is primarily being supported by House Republicans. Democrats are expected to oppose both the impeachment proceedings and Republican efforts to slash federal spending.

What is the deadline for federal funding, and how is it related to the impeachment inquiry?

The deadline for federal funding is September 30, when current appropriations expire. The impeachment inquiry and the issue of federal funding are linked insofar as both are creating political tension and potential roadblocks to governmental operations.

How have moderate Republicans responded to the impeachment inquiry?

Moderate Republicans, especially those from districts won by Biden in the 2020 election, generally support McCarthy’s decision to proceed with the impeachment investigation.

What are the potential charges that may be brought against President Biden?

Potential charges indicated include abuse of power, corruption, and obstruction as possible articles of impeachment.

What does the White House press secretary think of the impeachment inquiry?

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre labeled the inquiry as “a political maneuver.”

More about Impeachment Inquiry Against Biden

  • President Biden’s Stance on Impeachment Inquiry
  • House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s Announcement
  • White House Defense Against Impeachment Allegations
  • Republican Support for Impeachment Inquiry
  • Democrats’ Opposition to Impeachment
  • Federal Funding Deadline and Government Shutdown Risk
  • Moderate Republicans and Impeachment Inquiry
  • Potential Charges in Biden Impeachment Inquiry
  • White House Press Secretary on Impeachment Inquiry

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10 comments

PoliThinker September 14, 2023 - 6:03 am

Press sec calls it a political stunt. Yeah, pretty much sums it up for me.

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LegalEagle September 14, 2023 - 6:41 am

Charges like abuse of power and corruption? those are serious. but are they proven? got to wait and see.

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NewsJunkie101 September 14, 2023 - 8:10 am

Biden says he’s focused on what the American ppl want, but who exactly did he ask? Certainly not me.

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CitizenJane September 14, 2023 - 9:18 am

Whos gonna actually dig into Hunter Biden’s business dealings? Seems like an uncomfortable family dinner convo.

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RealistJim September 14, 2023 - 12:14 pm

All this talk about impeachment, but Mitt Romney says he hasn’t heard any high crimes? interesting…

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CryptoQueen September 14, 2023 - 12:21 pm

McCarthy’s in a tough spot, ain’t he? Between trying to impeach Biden and keeping the government funded, that’s one helluva juggling act.

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EconNerd September 14, 2023 - 5:34 pm

The impeachment and federal funding are two big issues, but tying em together? That’s a new level of political chess.

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FinanceFirst September 14, 2023 - 9:34 pm

Republicans backing McCarthy now but what will happen when its time to vote? Bet theres gonna be a shift.

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JohnDoe1972 September 14, 2023 - 10:01 pm

So Biden just brushes off impeachment like it’s nothing? Hmmm… Makes you wonder what hes hiding.

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WheelsnPolitics September 14, 2023 - 10:13 pm

This is a mess and distraction. Government shutdown looming and they want to play impeachment games?

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