US Rep Scott Perry recently lost it at a reporter for asking him what evidence Republicans had against President Biden and the basis for the impeachment probe.
The Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, announced on Tuesday that Republicans would initiate an impeachment investigation into President Joe Biden, based on unproven allegations of corruption within his family’s business dealings.
McCarthy’s announcement marks the start of what is anticipated to be a series of Republican-led hearings aimed at convincing the American public that President Biden benefited from the business activities of his son, Hunter Biden, and other family members. However, it remains uncertain whether the GOP possesses sufficient evidence to substantiate these longstanding claims or the votes required for impeachment.
This move comes as McCarthy faces challenges in retaining his leadership position in the House, with only a slim four-seat Republican majority and growing dissatisfaction among the party’s more conservative lawmakers. These conservatives are displeased with a deal McCarthy struck with President Biden to raise the debt ceiling while reducing some government spending and have called for retribution in the form of an impeachment inquiry.
McCarthy stated, “I am directing our House committee to open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden. 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.”
It’s important to note that while impeachment is the initial step in removing a president from office, it seems unlikely in this case. If the House were to impeach President Biden, the matter would proceed to the Senate, where a two-thirds majority would be required to convict him – a high threshold in a chamber currently controlled by Democrats. The White House spokesperson, Ian Sams, characterized McCarthy’s announcement as “extreme politics at its worst.”
Sams further noted, “House Republicans have been investigating the President for 9 months, and they’ve turned up no evidence of wrongdoing[.] His own GOP members have said so[.] He vowed to hold a vote to open impeachment, now he flip-flopped because he doesn’t have support.”
The oversight, judiciary, and ways and means committees will handle the impeachment inquiry, all of which are controlled by McCarthy’s allies. Since the beginning of the year, these committees have devoted much of their time to pursuing corruption allegations against the president.
Reports indicate that McCarthy may not yet have enough support for impeaching President Biden. Earlier this month, McCarthy stated, “If we move forward with an impeachment inquiry, it would occur through a vote on the floor of the People’s House and not through a declaration by one person.” However, he backtracked on Tuesday, not mentioning the possibility of a vote to initiate the investigation.
The corruption allegations have primarily centered on President Biden’s son, Hunter, who has been under federal investigation since 2018. In July, a plea agreement Hunter Biden reached with prosecutors to resolve charges related to tax evasion and false statements during a gun purchase collapsed. Prosecutors recently stated that Hunter Biden could face indictment on the gun charge by the end of the month.