US House Republicans Set to Hold First Biden Impeachment Hearing Next Week – Next week, the U.S. House of Representatives, primarily composed of Republicans, is scheduled to conduct their inaugural hearing as part of the impeachment inquiry targeting U.S. President Joe Biden. However, given their slim majority in the lower chamber of Congress, it appears improbable that Republicans will secure the necessary votes to advance the impeachment articles.
Which are a prerequisite for initiating a presidential trial in the U.S. Senate. Scheduled for Thursday, the House Oversight “Committee will scrutinize accusations that President Biden inappropriately leveraged his role as vice president to benefit his son Hunter’s overseas business ventures.
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Additionally, Republicans claim that Biden used the powers of his official position to coordinate these efforts and enjoyed protection from investigations into these allegations courtesy of his own administration. These allegations paint a picture of a culture of corruption,” Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy told reporters last week while announcing the launch of the inquiry.
Before the inquiry was initiated, several committees in the House, under Republican leadership, conducted extensive investigations for months but failed to uncover any substantiating evidence for those allegations. Rep. Jerry Nadler, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said during a hearing Wednesday that Republicans “have wasted countless taxpayer dollars on baseless investigations into President Biden and his family.”
“Desperate to find evidence for an absurd impeachment and desperate to distract from the mounting legal peril facing Donald Trump.” One of the central claims made by House Republicans regarding corruption is the assertion that then-Vice President Biden advocated for the dismissal of Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin in 2015. This alleged action was purportedly due to Shokin’s investigations into Burisma, the Ukrainian company on whose board Hunter Biden served.
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, one of the three members of Congress leading the impeachment inquiry, told conservative news network Newsmax, this week, “We’ve got a president that’s compromised. We’ve got a president who has violated laws who should be treated as a criminal.” In a memorandum directed at journalists, the White House highlighted that extensive independent reporting and an inquiry conducted by the House Foreign Affairs Committee concluded that Biden did not engage in any misconduct.
Instead, he was implementing a policy formulated by the U.S. State Department and executed in collaboration with the International Monetary Fund. Furthermore, the White House asserted that the evidence demonstrates Biden’s efforts to encourage Prosecutor General Shokin to take a stronger stance against corruption and suggested that Shokin was not actively investigating Burisma.
The U.S. Constitution outlines a two-step procedure for ousting federal officials from their positions. In the initial phase of this process, a majority vote in the U.S. House of Representatives is required to pass articles of impeachment. Currently, the House is delicately balanced, with 221 Republicans, 212 Democrats, and 2 vacant seats.
Numerous Republicans representing more centrist constituencies have voiced reservations about pursuing Biden’s impeachment, especially in the lead-up to a presidential election year. In an opinion piece published by the Washington Post this week, Rep. Ken Buck, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, wrote, “Republicans in the House who are itching for an impeachment are relying on an imagined history.”
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House Speaker McCarthy can only afford to lose a handful of Republican votes or risk failure on a vote to impeach Biden. Should the U.S. House of Representatives succeed in passing articles of impeachment, the responsibility of determining when, or if, the Senate conducts a trial of Biden will fall to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Schumer has dismissed the charges as “absurd” and may opt not to initiate a trial, given that the Democratic majority would likely never secure the necessary two-thirds majority for convicting the president and removing him from office.