In a significant development, the House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to officially begin an impeachment inquiry into President Biden. This move, long advocated by GOP leaders, is aimed at compelling the White House to cooperate with their ongoing investigation.
The resolution was passed with a narrow margin of 221 to 212. The vote saw complete Republican support and unanimous opposition from the Democrats present. The moment the decision was announced, audible cheers erupted from the Republican side, while the Democratic side remained notably silent.
Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) emphasized the critical juncture of their investigation before the vote. “This is a crucial point in our probe. We’re set to question various Biden family members and associates about alleged influence trading. However, we’re encountering resistance from the White House, which is blocking key testimonies and withholding records from Biden’s vice-presidential tenure. It’s imperative to hold President Biden accountable for his alleged falsehoods, corruption, and obstruction,” Comer stated on the House floor.
The inquiry, led by the GOP-majority Oversight, Ways & Means, and Judiciary Committees, centers on accusations that Biden, as vice president under Obama, used his office to benefit his family through foreign business dealings. The investigation particularly focuses on James Biden, the president’s brother, and his son Hunter Biden, who is currently facing federal charges related to taxes and firearms.
The motion for an impeachment inquiry, initially proposed by former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) in September, was dismissed by the White House as illegitimate due to the lack of a formal House vote. Responding to this, House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) explained to Fox News Digital that the White House had specifically requested a House vote, prompting the current action.
Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa) highlighted the serious nature of impeachment and the GOP’s intent to preserve its gravity, contrasting this approach with what she perceived as the Democrats’ previous misuse of the process. Judiciary Committee member Rep. Ben Cline (R-Va.) echoed this sentiment, underscoring the Republican commitment to following the facts.
Following the vote, President Biden issued a statement criticizing the Republicans for prioritizing political attacks over pressing national issues like border security and inflation. He accused Congress of hindering progress on these fronts, labeling the impeachment inquiry as a factually unsupported, politically motivated stunt.
The vote occurred just hours after an unexpected appearance by Hunter Biden outside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday morning. Contrary to his scheduled closed-door deposition with the Oversight Committee, Hunter Biden made a brief statement affirming his father’s innocence before leaving Capitol Hill.