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House Passes Resolution for Inquiry into President Biden amid Republican Unity

by Joshua Brown
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Biden impeachment inquiry

On Wednesday, the House voted to authorize an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden. This move witnessed unanimous support from the Republican members, despite some expressing doubts about the investigation’s current lack of evidence pointing to the President’s wrongdoing.

The vote, split along party lines at 221-212, signifies a unanimous Republican stance in favor of an impeachment process, which could lead to severe consequences for a president under the charges of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” as defined by the Constitution. Such charges, if proven, could result in removal from office following a Senate trial.

In response to the House Republicans’ move, President Biden released a rare statement, questioning their focus on pursuing an inquiry against him and his family, rather than addressing issues that would improve the lives of Americans.

Understanding President Biden’s Impeachment Inquiry
What it entails and future implications.

An impeachment inquiry is essentially an investigation into potential misconduct by federal officials, including the President.

The Republican-led House, since securing a majority, has been investigating President Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, alleging an influence-peddling scheme without providing concrete evidence.

However, an impeachment inquiry doesn’t automatically lead to impeachment. The Republicans are approaching this with caution, mindful of the political ramifications of the term “impeachment.”

For further details on what lies ahead for President Biden, [click here].

President Biden criticized the Republicans for focusing on baseless allegations rather than addressing urgent national issues, labeling the inquiry a wasteful political stunt lacking factual support.

This investigation, which will extend into 2024, coincides with Biden’s potential reelection campaign and a probable face-off with former President Donald Trump, who was impeached twice during his presidency. Trump has been a vocal advocate for Biden’s impeachment.

House Speaker Mike Johnson and his team, under increasing pressure to demonstrate progress in their nearly yearlong probe into the Biden family’s business dealings, have found ethical questions but no evidence of corruption or bribery involving the President in his current or former role as Vice President.

Speaker Johnson and his leadership team emphasized their impartial approach to the investigation, stating, “The evidentiary record is impossible to ignore.”

House Democrats uniformly opposed the inquiry, dismissing it as a politically motivated revenge tactic for Trump’s impeachments.

Representative Jim McGovern, D-Mass., during a floor debate, labeled the inquiry a politically motivated sideshow lacking credibility and integrity.

Some Republicans, especially from swing districts, were initially reluctant to vote on Biden’s impeachment, fearing political backlash. However, GOP leadership persuaded them that the resolution was merely a procedural step, not a definitive move toward impeachment.

Representative Tom Emmer, part of the GOP leadership, stressed that the inquiry was a fact-finding mission and that steps towards impeachment proceedings would only be considered upon finding evidence of serious offenses like treason or bribery.

The Republicans’ stance gained strength as the White House questioned the legitimacy of their information requests, citing the lack of a formal impeachment inquiry vote. This argument was further bolstered by a letter from a senior White House attorney, Richard Sauber, comparing the current investigation to the 2019 inquiry into Trump, which was deemed a “sham” by Johnson for lacking a House vote.

Representative Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., clarified that the vote was not about impeaching Biden but addressing the administration’s lack of cooperation.

Similarly, Representative Don Bacon, R-Neb., expressed support for the inquiry following the White House’s questioning of its legitimacy.

House Democrats remained united against the impeachment process, with Representative Jerry Nadler, the leading Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, asserting the lack of impeachable evidence against President Biden.

The White House and Democrats have defended the President’s cooperation with the investigation, which has yielded a substantial number of documents.

The investigation has also scrutinized Hunter Biden’s international business dealings and allegations of his father benefitting from them. Hunter Biden faces criminal charges in two states, but Democrats maintain that these are personal issues and that there is no evidence implicating the President in any wrongdoing.

Hunter Biden, defending his and his father’s integrity, opted for public testimony over a private deposition, criticizing Republican tactics and challenging the basis of their inquiry.

Republican lawmakers have signaled a move towards contempt of Congress proceedings against Hunter Biden for his non-compliance with a deposition request.

This comprehensive report includes contributions from Lindsay Whitehurst and Lisa Mascaro, covering Congress and major news developments.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Biden impeachment inquiry

What is the impeachment inquiry into President Biden about?

The impeachment inquiry authorized by the House investigates allegations of misconduct by President Biden and his son, Hunter, primarily focusing on claims of an influence-peddling scheme. However, there has been no concrete evidence provided to support these allegations so far.

Why did the House vote to authorize the impeachment inquiry?

The House, led by Republicans, voted to authorize the impeachment inquiry to investigate potential misconduct by President Biden and his family. The decision comes amidst claims from Republicans, though without substantial evidence, regarding the President’s involvement in unethical activities.

Does the impeachment inquiry mean President Biden will be impeached?

Not necessarily. The impeachment inquiry is just an investigation and does not guarantee impeachment. The inquiry must first find substantial evidence of misconduct, which would then lead to impeachment proceedings.

What are the political implications of the impeachment inquiry?

The impeachment inquiry against President Biden has significant political implications. It aligns with former President Trump’s call for retribution against political opponents and could affect the 2024 presidential election, where Biden might seek reelection.

How have Democrats responded to the impeachment inquiry?

Democrats have uniformly opposed the impeachment inquiry, criticizing it as a politically motivated stunt. They argue that the inquiry lacks credibility and is intended to divert attention from former President Trump’s legal troubles.

What are the next steps in the impeachment inquiry process?

The next steps involve a thorough investigation by the House. If substantial evidence of “high crimes and misdemeanors” is found, the House could then move forward with formal impeachment proceedings against President Biden.

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5 comments

LindaP December 14, 2023 - 4:05 pm

can they focus on real issues please? so tired of all this political drama.

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JonathanK December 15, 2023 - 2:04 am

interesting times we live in, never a dull moment in politics these days!

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MikeD December 15, 2023 - 5:26 am

wow, this is big news, didnt think theyd actually go through with the inquiry, whats next for Biden?

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GaryW December 15, 2023 - 11:06 am

I bet nothing comes out of this, just like the last impeachment sagas. waste of time and resources imo.

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SarahT December 15, 2023 - 11:47 am

its all just political games, honestly. they have no real evidence against him, why bother?

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