Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who was under pressure to take aggressive measures against the Biden Administration by the hard right, suggested that the House would open an impeachment investigation against President Biden on Tuesday, while Republicans searched through bank records looking for damaging information regarding the first family.
McCarthy's move was an impressive escalation. He had previously refused to support calls to impeach Biden because he did not see any reason for such a drastic step. McCarthy's move comes at a time when Republicans are intensifying their efforts to target Biden and Hunter, who will enter a guilty plea on Wednesday in a tax matter, in order to divert attention away from the potential third indictment against former president Donald J. Trump.
Only last month, McCarthy and other leading Republicans in the House
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The hard right is pushing to impeach Biden for his border handling, but they argue that further investigation is needed before making such a drastic move.
Republicans are divided over whether to remove Mr. Biden from office and try him for serious crimes and misdemeanors. This measure lacks the votes to pass through the House. Many mainstream Republicans, especially those who live in districts where Mr. Biden has won, and those with ties to party leaders have called for caution.
The impeachment process takes up an enormous amount of time in Congress, and makes it difficult to do anything else. Republicans have also said that lawmakers must first find evidence of actual corruption or wrongdoing in the House before they consider impeachment.
A Senate controlled by Democrats would also be unlikely to accept any impeachment proceedings.
McCarthy, on Fox News Monday night, sounded much more serious in his call to impeach Mr. Biden, citing evidence discovered during the House Oversight and Accountability Committee investigation into the finances of Hunter Biden, which Republicans had sought to use as a basis to accuse the president of wrongdoing.
Sean Hannity of Fox News said that Mr. McCarthy had only followed the information. This is now a serious impeachment investigation, giving Congress the power to obtain the remaining information and knowledge.
He clarified on Tuesday that he had not announced an impeachment investigation, but that it was heading that way.
He said: 'You have to find out the truth. The only way Congress can achieve this is to conduct an impeachment investigation that allows both Republicans and Democrats to obtain all information.
There is no proof linking President Biden with the crimes that his son has been accused of. However, that hasn't stopped Republicans from insinuating that he has been corrupt and covered up wrongdoing. McCarthy compared Mr. Biden to Richard M. Nixon's Watergate cover-up, which led to Nixon's resignation.
Hunter Biden will likely enter into a guilty plea on Wednesday for misdemeanor crimes against tax, but House Republicans are concerned.
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urging the judge to overturn the agreement reached between him and prosecutors.
The grand jury that is investigating the attack on the Capitol in 2021 and Mr. Trump's efforts to reverse the results of the election for 2020 has also said they expect to charge him with a third crime, possibly the most important to date.
McCarthy, at the Capitol on February 2, cited a number of areas in which he felt Mr. Biden's administration had behaved improperly. He said that these actions warranted further investigations and could even rise to the level an impeachment investigation.
McCarthy claimed that Mr. Biden made a number of false or misleading claims about the business dealings of his son. During the 2020 debate, Mr. Biden said that no one from his family received money from China. In fact, Hunter Biden, his business partners, and their Chinese company received millions.
Mr. McCarthy pointed out that
An anonymous source made unsubstantiated allegations in a document released by Iowa Senator Charles E. Grassley last week. The document claimed that Hunter Biden, as well as his father, had taken millions of dollars in bribes.
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Grassley said that Mr. Grassley spread 'conspiracy theory'
McCarthy's remarks came on the same day as Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who is one of the most conservative members in Congress, renewed her call to impeach the president.
Ms. Greene has been pushing for aggressive action against President Obama for many years. She filed articles of impeachment against Mr. Biden soon after he assumed office in 2021. She has established her influence on Capitol Hill and formed a close alliance with Mr. McCarthy who often consults her on politics and policies.
Recenty, Ms. Greene began a campaign to expunge two impeachments brought against Mr. Trump. This is a symbolic act that does not have the full support of the Republican House.
Greene stated on the House Floor that 'this type of corruption must never stand'. We must remove President Trump's wrong impeachments and impeach Joe Biden.
Ian Sams, the White House spokesperson, criticized Republicans for suggesting that they would impeach Biden.
Mr. Sams posted on Twitter that the URL wanted to focus on this issue instead of the real issues Americans were asking us to tackle, such as continuing to reduce inflation or creating jobs. Their willingness to pursue URL no matter what the truth may be is bottomless.