The US Home of Representatives voted on Wednesday to formalize an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden. The vote passed alongside occasion traces, with all 221 Republican lawmakers voting in favor of the resolution and 212 Democratic lawmakers voting in opposition to. Former Speaker of the Home Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) beforehand opened an impeachment inquiry into Biden in September however by no means formalized the method with a vote of the entire Home.
Home Republicans announced that, with the formalization of the impeachment inquiry, “the Home Oversight and Accountability Committee, Home Judiciary Committee, and Home Methods and Means Committee [will] proceed their ongoing investigations as a part of the … inquiry into whether or not adequate grounds exist for the Home of Representatives to train its Constitutional energy to question President Biden.”
A September 27 memo from the committees main the impeachment inquiry efforts recognized the first areas of curiosity as: “(1) international cash obtained by the Biden household, (2) President Joe Biden’s involvement in his household’s international enterprise entanglements, and (3) steps taken by the Biden Administration to sluggish, hamper, or in any other case impede the legal investigation of [Hunter Biden].” Republicans have asserted that Joe Biden financially benefitted from his son’s enterprise dealings in Ukraine between 2014 and 2019. Stemming from that, in addition they declare that Biden then lied to the American public and sought to slow-walk any investigations into his household’s dealings. Proof uncovered thus far has not substantiated such claims.
Home Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) spoke to the impeachment inquiry at a press conference on Tuesday, stating:
The impeachment inquiry is important now … as a result of we’ve come to this deadlock the place following the info the place they lead is hitting a stone wall, as a result of the White Home is impeding that investigation now. They’re not permitting witnesses to come back ahead and hundreds of pages of paperwork. So we’ve got no selection.
In response to the allegations and the formalization of the inquiry, White Home Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said, “They’ve gotten 100,000 pages of paperwork. They’ve interviewed witnesses for 40 hours. And people paperwork and people witnesses, issues they requested for, have really refuted their false allegations time and again and over and over.”
Hunter Biden additionally refuted the claims in an look outdoors of the Capitol Constructing on Wednesday morning. The identical day, Hunter Biden defied a Home subpoena to look earlier than a Home committee conducting the impeachment inquiry for a closed-door questioning session. Hunter Biden stated, “Let me state as clearly as I can: My father was not financially concerned in my enterprise.” Hunter Biden individually faces two criminal cases, spanning 11 costs in whole.
Below the US Structure, impeachable offenses embrace treason, bribery and different excessive crimes and misdemeanors. Three US presidents have been impeached by the Home: Andrew Johnson in 1868, Invoice Clinton in 1998, and Donald Trump twice, in 2019 and 2021. Not one of the three presidents have been convicted by the Senate and faraway from workplace. Johnson was impeached for violating the Tenure of Workplace Act, which prohibited him from eradicating his secretary of battle with out the consent of the Senate. He was acquitted by the Senate by a single vote. Clinton was impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice associated to his affair with White Home intern Monica Lewinsky. He was acquitted by the Senate on each costs. Trump was impeached for abuse of energy and obstruction of Congress associated to his efforts to stress Ukraine to research his political rivals, and Trump was subsequently impeached for incitement of riot, stemming from the January 6, 2021 Capitol Riot. He was acquitted by the Senate in both trials.