House Votes to Formally Authorize Biden Impeachment Inquiry

House Votes to Formally Authorize Biden Impeachment Inquiry – On Wednesday, the House formally approved the impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden. Despite a lack of evidence from Republicans demonstrating financial gains for the president from his family’s business, the vote, split along partisan lines (221-212), initiated the inquiry. 

Hunter Biden, the president’s son, opted for a press conference on Capitol Hill over a closed-door deposition after defying a subpoena, reiterating his willingness to testify publicly—a proposition rejected by House Republicans. “I am here to testify at a public hearing, today, to answer any of the committees’ legitimate questions,” Hunter Biden said. 

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“Republicans do not want an open process where Americans can see their tactics, expose their baseless inquiry, or hear what I have to say.” Facing federal indictments on gun and tax charges, Hunter Biden expressed regret for his past actions and denounced what he called Republicans’ “lies” about his family during a Wednesday address to reporters. In a statement, Joe Biden denounced the Republican action as a “baseless impeachment stunt”.

He insinuated that Republicans are avoiding “the issues facing the American people”. “Instead of doing anything to help make Americans’ lives better, they are focused on attacking me with lies. 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,” Biden said. “The American people deserve better.”

The impeachment inquiry, if authorized with a successful vote on Wednesday, will empower Republicans to enforce subpoenas and bolster their defense in court. The White House’s contention that House Republicans’ subpoenas are illegitimate due to a lack of full chamber authorization could be rendered invalid with this upcoming vote. 

Earlier on Wednesday, the Republican chairs of the House oversight committee and judiciary committee, James Comer of Kentucky and Jim Jordan of Ohio, said in a joint statement: “Today, the House will vote on an impeachment inquiry resolution to strengthen our legal case in the courts as we face obstruction from the White House and witnesses. Today’s obstruction by Hunter Biden reinforces the need for a formal vote.”

In September, the former House speaker, Republican Kevin McCarthy, initiated the inquiry unilaterally without a formal vote. Some moderate Republicans were hesitant, citing the absence of clear evidence linking Biden to his son’s business dealings. If the resolution passes, Comer and Jordan have signaled their intent to hold Hunter Biden in contempt of Congress. House Democrats defended Hunter Biden’s defiance of the subpoena, accusing Republicans of trying to selectively use testimony to promote unfounded allegations against the president. 

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“They wanted to conduct the deposition in a closed-door interview, so the public couldn’t see it and so they could continue to cherry-pick little pieces of evidence and distort and misrepresent what had taken place there,” Jamie Raskin, the top Democrat on the House oversight committee, told reporters. “They have not laid a glove on President Biden, and they have no evidence of him committing any offense, much less an impeachable offense.”

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