The United States House of Representatives has officially launched a formal impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy made this announcement on Tuesday at the Capitol, citing allegations of abuse of power, obstruction of justice, and corruption as the primary focus of the investigation.
This move comes after an ongoing investigation into President Biden’s actions that began when the lawmakers assumed control of the House in January. However, so far, the investigations have not uncovered concrete evidence of misconduct by the President.
Additionally, the House has expressed concern over the business dealings of President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, which Republicans have questioned. Hunter Biden is currently under federal investigation for possible tax crimes related to his foreign business interests.
Kevin McCarthy emphasized that the House’s investigations into the Biden family’s business dealings this year have revealed what he called a “culture of corruption,” warranting a more extensive and formal inquiry.
In response to this development, the White House swiftly condemned McCarthy’s decision to probe President Biden. Ian Sams, a White House spokesperson, stated, “House Republicans have been investigating the President for nine months, and they have turned up no evidence of wrongdoing.”
Despite this criticism, McCarthy confirmed that he would instruct the chairpersons of the House Judiciary, Oversight, and Ways and Means committees—groups that have been collaborating on various investigations related to the Biden family—to lead the impeachment inquiry.
The U.S. Constitution outlines that a president can be impeached for “treason, bribery, or other high crimes or misdemeanors.” However, it’s important to note that any effort to remove President Biden from office is unlikely to succeed. The House of Representatives, where Republicans hold a narrow 222-212 majority, would need to vote in favor of impeachment, followed by a Senate trial and vote.
In the Senate, Democrats hold the majority and would likely oppose the proceedings if they were to progress further, making the successful removal of President Biden from office an improbable outcome.