House Speaker Kevin McCarthy authorized the House of Representatives to move forward on an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden based on what Republicans have characterized as “Biden family influence peddling.”
“I’m directing our House committee to open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden,” McCarthy, R-Calif., said Tuesday. “This is the logical next step that will give our committees the full power to gather all the facts and answers for the American public.”
McCarthy said the investigation will be led by House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky.; House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio; and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith, R-Mo.
The speaker noted that offenses could include abuse of power, obstruction and corruption.
The House Oversight and Accountability Committee has obtained bank records that show the Biden family raked in at least $20 million from foreign individuals and entities from Biden’s time as vice president under President Barack Obama.
Much of that came from Hunter Biden’s foreign business operations in China, Ukraine, Romania and other countries. The committee has found that at least nine members of the Biden family have received payments.
The White House has continually said the president was not aware of, or involved in, the business dealings of his son. The president has said there is a wall of separation between himself and his son’s business.
In July, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, released an FD-1023 form from the FBI showing that a confidential informant told the bureau that an executive with Burisma, a Ukrainian energy firm, paid a $5 million bribe to Biden while he was vice president to affect U.S. policy to benefit the company.
“Taken together, these allegations paint a picture of a culture of corruption,” McCarthy said. “Through our investigations, we know that the president did lie to the American people about his own knowledge of his family’s business dealings.
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