(HorizonPost.com) – Last Tuesday, Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy announced that he has directed House committees to open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden, CBS News reported.
In remarks to reporters on Capitol Hill, the speaker described giving committees the “full power to gather all the facts” as the “logical next step” in getting the answers necessary.
Directing the Oversight, Judiciary, and Ways and Means Committees to head up the impeachment inquiry, McCarthy called the allegations that Biden profited from Hunter’s foreign business deals “serious” and “credible.”
McCarthy said the allegations against the president warrant further investigation and accused Biden of lying about what he knows about his family’s foreign business deals. He cited bank records showing that the Biden family received millions from foreign firms and alleged that Hunter has received “special treatment” from the Biden administration.
The speaker said that when taken together, the allegations “paint a picture of a culture of corruption.”
In response to McCarthy’s announcement, White House spokesman Ian Sams blasted the House Republican majority, claiming that the investigations have failed to turn up evidence of wrongdoing against the president.
In a post on X, Sams accused Speaker McCarthy of flip-flopping on his promises to hold a vote in the House to open an impeachment inquiry, calling his decision to bypass a vote “extreme politics at its worst.”
Hunter Biden’s attorney Abbe Lowell accused Speaker McCarthy of doing “anything to hold on to his gavel” and said the impeachment inquiry is based on “inaccurate conspiracy theories” about his client’s “legitimate business activities.”
At least two House Republicans have expressed skepticism about pursuing an impeachment inquiry.
In an interview with MSNBC just two days before McCarthy’s announcement, Colorado Republican Rep. Ken Buck said that the evidence thus far has not connected President Biden to Hunter’s business dealings.
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