House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) declared the initiation of an impeachment inquiry targeting President Joe Biden on Tuesday.
McCarthy, in a statement at the U.S. Capitol, expressed, “I am directing our House committees to open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden. Over the past several months, House Republicans have uncovered serious and credible allegations into President Biden’s conduct — a culture of corruption.” He further revealed that the inquiry would be spearheaded by Oversight Chairman James Comer (R-KY), in collaboration with Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Ways and Means Chairman Jason Smith (R-MO).
I am directing our House committees to open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden. Over the past several months, House Republicans have uncovered serious and credible allegations into President Biden’s conduct—a culture of corruption. https://t.co/3uoDlUB3Sy
— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) September 12, 2023
Jim Jordan, emphasizing the gravity of the situation, stated on X, We’ll follow the facts, the constitution, and the law,” Speaker McCarthy’s decision to initiate this impeachment inquiry is justified.”
We’ll follow the facts, the constitution, and the law. @SpeakerMcCarthy is right to launch this impeachment inquiry.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) September 12, 2023
This move marks a shift in McCarthy’s stance. He had previously conveyed to Breitbart News that any decision on an impeachment inquiry would be determined by a floor vote. This approach mirrors the strategy adopted by former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) when she announced the impeachment inquiry against ex-President Trump in 2019. McCarthy hinted at potential charges that might emerge from the inquiry, encompassing abuse of power, obstruction, and corruption. However, with the Senate currently under Democratic control, Biden’s conviction remains uncertain, especially with some Republicans advocating caution.
As President Biden gears up for his 2024 re-election campaign, the possibility of a rematch with Trump in the general election looms.
Democrats have been quick to criticize the impeachment initiative. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) commented that the data collated by Republicans overwhelmingly demonstrates no wrongdoing by President Biden and further debunks Republicans’ conspiracy theories.” In anticipation of the impeachment probe, the White House has assembled a team consisting of lawyers, legislative aides, and communication experts. White House spokesperson, Ian Sams, took to X to argue that the Republican-led investigations have failed to find any evidence implicating Biden, dismissing the impeachment inquiry as a tactic to appease hardline conservatives.
House Republicans, through their investigations, have highlighted a series of financial transactions involving foreign entities and Biden’s family, prompting bribery and influence-peddling concerns. The ongoing Department of Justice probe into Biden’s son, Hunter, has also come under scrutiny, with questions arising about potential preferential treatment.
House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) emphasized the gravity of the findings, stating, “Our constitutional oversight has revealed compelling evidence suggesting multiple impeachable offenses by Joe Biden.” She further expressed her support for the impeachment inquiry, emphasizing the importance of transparency and the pursuit of truth in what she believes could be “the most significant political corruption scandal in U.S. history.”