The U.S. House of Representatives is set to hold its first impeachment inquiry hearing on September 28, 2023, focusing on allegations of corruption and abuse of public office against President Joe Biden. The House Oversight Committee will be leading the investigation, and plans are underway to subpoena Hunter and James Biden’s personal and business bank records.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced that the investigation would delve into President Biden’s involvement in the business activities of his son, Hunter Biden, and his brother, James Biden. He stated, “We have seen a culture of corruption that needs to be addressed for the sake of our democracy.”
However, the White House has been dismissive of these allegations. A White House spokesman, Ian Sams, noted, “Republicans have already been investigating the president but have found no evidence of wrongdoing.” Echoing this sentiment, President Biden himself has stated, “It’s clear that Republicans want to use this impeachment process as a tool to shut down the government.”
Some Republicans are confident that there is already enough evidence to impeach President Biden. They argue his change in U.S. foreign policy was done to benefit a Ukrainian energy company—Burisma—that was paying Hunter Biden large sums of money. There are also claims that Biden used pseudonyms to send highly sensitive emails during his tenure as Vice President.
Despite these allegations, some Republicans, like Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO), have expressed their disagreement with the impeachment effort, labeling it a “flimsy excuse” and drawing comparisons with the impeachment of former President Donald Trump.
Democrats, on the other hand, have strongly criticized the inquiry, calling it a politically motivated attempt to destabilize the Biden administration. They argue that the Republicans are using the impeachment process as a tool for political gain rather than for its intended purpose of holding the President accountable.