The Republican-controlled House is moving forward with a resolution to launch an impeachment inquiry into President Biden, with the House Rules Committee approving the measure. This action sets the stage for a full House vote expected on Wednesday, as announced by House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.).
This inquiry delves into contentious accusations against President Biden, primarily focusing on whether he improperly influenced policy for the financial benefit of his son, Hunter Biden, and other family members. Another aspect under scrutiny is the alleged delay by the Department of Justice in investigating Hunter Biden for tax crimes. The President and the White House have consistently refuted these allegations, asserting no involvement in the Biden family’s business activities.
Republicans emphasize the need for this vote to legally bolster their information requests and potential subpoenas, especially following the White House’s dismissal of these requests as unconstitutional due to the lack of full House authorization.
Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) had previously classified various investigations as part of an impeachment inquiry in September, although this did not involve a formal vote. However, current Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) and fellow Republicans highlight that authorizing an inquiry is a separate step from presenting actual impeachment articles.
Johnson, in a press conference on Tuesday, stressed the legal nature of this decision, insisting on an impartial pursuit of truth, as mandated by the Constitution.
During the House Rules Committee hearing, Republicans, including Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Pa.), argued for transparency, suggesting that if there’s nothing incriminating, the inquiry process should not be a concern.
This reasoning has swayed some moderate and swing-seat Republicans to back the resolution. In contrast, Democrats view this move as a precursor to a likely vote on impeachment articles in the near future. Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) expressed skepticism during the committee hearing, challenging the notion that this step is merely procedural and warning that it sets the stage for a definitive impeachment vote.