House Republicans approve an investigation into impeaching Joe Biden

On Wednesday, House Republicans formally authorized an impeachment investigation into President Joe Biden, taking the most critical step toward impeaching the president.

The inquiry was approved by the House on a party-line vote of 221-212.

Republicans have claimed that the president benefited financially from his family’s international business transactions, but they have not publicly disclosed proof to back up their assertions.

The votes came after Republicans in the House accused the White House of obstructing their inquiry. They claim that authorizing the investigation will help them in court if their requests for information are denied.

The White House claims it has fully cooperated with the probe and supplied ample information to refute House Republicans’ charges.

The impeachment investigation “only proves how divorced from reality this sham investigation is,” said Ian Sams, White House Oversight and Investigations spokesperson.

House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., and the GOP investigators overseeing the investigation insist it’s only an investigation, and House Republicans haven’t decided whether to submit impeachment articles against the president.

“In order to fulfill our constitutional obligation, we must take the next step.” We are not making a political decision. “It’s a legal decision,” Johnson stated on Tuesday during his weekly press conference. “We cannot predict the outcome.” The Constitution forbids us from doing so. We must pursue the truth wherever it leads.”

However, House Democrats have questioned the investigation’s aim, considering that Republicans have failed to produce evidence directly linking Biden to his family’s business transactions.

“What is the crime charged against Joe Biden?” “They don’t have it,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md. Raskin is the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, one of three committees responsible for overseeing the Biden inquiry.

House Republicans approve an investigation into impeaching Joe Biden

The vote to approve Republicans’ investigation occurred on the same day that the president’s son, Hunter Biden, was slated to speak behind closed doors on Capitol Hill.

Hunter Biden, on the other hand, rejected the subpoena and instead delivered emotional statements at a press conference early Wednesday morning. He defended his father and accused Republican investigators of using his substance abuse disorder against the president.

“When I was in the grip of my addiction, I was extremely irresponsible with my money.” But to say that this is grounds for an impeachment investigation is ludicrous. “It’s heinous,” Hunter Biden remarked. “There is no evidence to support the allegations that my father was involved in my business because it did not happen.”

Hunter Biden has insisted that he testify publicly rather than behind closed doors. However, the GOP investigators in charge of the investigation are requesting that Hunter Biden first testify in a deposition, arguing that Democrats will disrupt public proceedings. Hunter Biden will be held in contempt of Congress, according to the House Oversight Committee.

“We have specific questions for President Trump’s son.” “He does not have the authority to dictate the terms of this subpoena,” said House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer, R-Ky.

An impeachment investigation appeared to be a difficult sell for moderate and vulnerable House Republicans, the majority of whom hail from the 17 districts Biden won in the 2020 election.

That lack of support prompted then-House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to launch the investigation without a formal vote in September. In 2019, the California Republican chastised Democrats for doing the same and threatened to seek lower chamber permission before launching an impeachment investigation over Biden.

Even the most vulnerable Republicans now agree that the White House has been obstructive and believe that launching the probe will allow them to conduct more investigations.

House Republicans approve an investigation into impeaching Joe Biden

“We have enough information, testimony, and evidence right now to continue the process of the inquiry,” said Rep. Mike Garcia, R-Calif., a GOP member from Biden’s area.

Voters respond to the impeachment campaign

Voters across the country had diverse feelings about the impeachment investigation.

As a Democratic voter, Jackson Reffitt, a 21-year-old food service worker in Dallas, Texas, told USA TODAY that he is pleased to see politicians being audited.

“It’s hard to think of something more important when it comes to pressuring people in power, is to really make sure that, you know, things are in order,” Reffitt added. “And as someone who supported Biden, if he did something wrong, throw it, do whatever you need to do, it’s that simple.” I don’t believe there is any need for a dispute.”

“If he did something, go for it,” he urged. They need to crack down because once you get permissive, you become loose.”

Scott Bailey, a 64-year-old restoration business owner in Charlotte, North Carolina, told USA TODAY that lawmakers should have voted to launch the investigation sooner.

“I’m not sure why it’s taking so long. I’m just disappointed that no one has begun sooner. “It’s extremely frustrating,” he remarked.

However, several voters objected to MPs devoting their attention to the impeachment investigation. Erik Peterson, a 47-year-old middle school special education teacher in Eureka, California, believes the impeachment vote is “political theater.”

“From what I understand, it’s pretty unfounded,” Democrat Peterson said. “I think it’s retaliatory for the impeachment inquiries when Trump was president.”

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