House to Vote on Formalizing Biden Impeachment Inquiry – House Republicans in the U.S. are moving closer to a vote this week to officially establish the ongoing impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden. However, uncertainty surrounds whether there are sufficient votes within the leadership to approve the measure.
Recent Monday morning polls suggested that a slight majority of Americans support advancing the inquiry, but there is a decline in enthusiasm for it, particularly among self-identified Republicans. In a survey conducted by Morning Consult, 44% of Americans expressed support for the impeachment inquiry to move forward, while 40% believed it shouldn’t proceed.
The results displayed significant partisan divisions, with 62% of Democrats opposing the inquiry and 70% of Republicans endorsing it. Among independents, 47% opposed the inquiry, and 37% supported it. The data indicated a decline in overall enthusiasm, as the 44% approval in the latest survey dropped from 47% in September. Similarly, Republican support for the ongoing investigation decreased from 76% to 70% during the same period.
According to U.S. law, a president can only be forcibly removed from office outside regular elections if convicted by the Senate for “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” The impeachment inquiry marks the initial phase in a process that may progress to impeachment proceedings in the House and, if successful, a Senate trial.
Although impeachments are historically infrequent, recent years have seen notable instances. Former President Donald Trump faced impeachment twice during his term. In 2019, he was impeached for pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to investigate Joe Biden, then considered a potential opponent in the 2020 presidential election.
In 2021, he faced a second impeachment following his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, culminating in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Trump was acquitted in the Senate on both occasions, as a two-thirds majority is needed for conviction. Anticipating unanimous opposition from House Democrats, Republicans must secure votes within their own ranks to pass the measure.
Holding 221 seats in the House out of 434 members, losing more than three votes would lead to the measure’s failure. Attention is currently focused on over a dozen Republican House members representing districts won by Biden in 2020. They may face political consequences for casting an unpopular vote in favor of impeachment.
The committee has amassed substantial evidence suggesting that Hunter Biden and other members of the president’s family leveraged their well-known name to secure advantageous business deals, often involving foreign companies. Despite multiple instances where committee members presented evidence alleging President Biden’s personal financial gains from his family’s business ventures, such evidence has not withstood thorough examination.
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Recently, Comer argued that payments from Hunter Biden’s company to the president’s personal account in 2018 implied personal benefit during Biden’s post-office period. However, it was later revealed that these payments were reimbursements for car loan payments made by Joe Biden on behalf of his son. President Biden constantly denies using his office for personal enrichment and criticizes the impeachment investigation as politically motivated and lacking factual basis.