House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Tuesday officially announced he will begin an impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden, accusing the president of an “abuse of power” and being involved in a “culture of corruption” over son Hunter’s foreign business deals.
“House Republicans have uncovered serious and credible allegations into President Biden’s conduct,” McCarthy said. “Taken together, these allegations paint a picture of a culture of corruption.”
“I am directing our House committee to open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden,” McCarthy said in a statement during a press briefing.
An inquiry is the first step in the impeachment process. It is when evidence is gathered for the articles, or charges, of impeachment against an official.
House Republicans have been investigating the president and his family since they took control of the lower chamber in January.
“This logical next step will give our committees the full power to gather all the facts and answers for the American public. That’s exactly what we want to know: the answers. I believe the president would want to answer these questions and allegations as well,” the House speaker said.
Republicans have charged Biden and his family made millions off shell companies Hunter Biden formed when his father was vice president. Joe Biden has denied any involvement in his son’s business dealings, but Republicans claim at least a dozen Biden family members could be involved in a scheme to benefit financially from Biden’s public office.
It’s estimated Hunter raked in $40 million through 20 shell companies and fake accounts created while Joe Biden was vice president, at the same time the elder Biden was joining Hunter’s business calls and stopping by at lavish dinners.
“It appears that the president’s family has been offered special treatment by Biden’s own administration — treatment that not otherwise would have received if they were not related to the president,” McCarthy also noted.
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
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