On the very same day that Hunter Biden showed up at the U.S. Capitol as a result of the Committee on Oversight and Accountability issuing a subpoena for his deposition on his family’s finances and deviantly claimed that the committee was persecuting him to get to his father, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on a formal impeachment inquiry of his father, President Joe Biden.
The chamber voted 221 to 212 in a party-line vote to approve the resolution.
The impeachment inquiry gives the chamber more legal power to investigate the Biden family’s business dealings and alleged bribes.
For months, the House Oversight, Judiciary and Ways and Means Committees have been trying to show that Joe Biden and his family were financially enriched by his family's foreign business dealings and alleged bribes.
"This helps us get the witnesses, the key witnesses, that we want," Chairman of the Judiciary Committee Jim Jordan (R-OH), said Wednesday, adding that it sent a "strong message" to the White House.
The formal authorization for impeachment inquiry gives the lawmakers far more legal leverage as they pursue documents and witness testimony, including from Hunter Biden, who defied his subpoena to appear for a closed-door deposition on Wednesday.
That argument convinced some Republicans who had been on the fence about the formal inquiry.
Congressman Don Bacon (R-Nebraska) was one of them.
"I said this summer, if the president is providing information, why do we need an inquiry?" Bacon said Tuesday. "But it changed when he stopped doing that."
The House resolution establishes the rules for public hearings and directs the committees to produce a public report. A second resolution allows the committee chairmen the authority to seek judicial enforcement of their subpoenas if witnesses refuse to testify.
"The procedures we're adopting today closely parallel those the Democrats created in 2019," Tom Cole (R-OK) said Wednesday.
In 2019, the Democratic-led House approved a resolution to authorize the impeachment inquiry into former President Donald Trump as witnesses stonewalled requests for congressional testimony.
Democrats have argued the inquiry into Biden is nothing more than retaliation for Trump’s impeachment.
Newly elected Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) has been clear as recently as last week the justification for the formal impeachment inquiry was because of the Biden White House’s "stonewalling.”
"They're refusing to turn over key witnesses to allow them to testify as they've been subpoenaed," Johnson said. "They're refusing to turn over thousands of documents."
"Whether someone is for or against impeachment is of no import right now," Johnson said.
Jamie Raskin (D-MD), the top Democrat on the Oversight Committee, said Wednesday's vote is a "slippery slope" on impeaching the president.
"It will be a runaway stallion, it will be impossible to stop," Raskin said earlier this week.
"Instead of doing anything to help make Americans' lives better, they are focused on attacking me with lies. Instead of doing their job on the urgent work that needs to be done, they are choosing to waste time on this baseless political stunt that even Republicans in Congress admit is not supported by facts," Mr. Biden said in a statement after the vote accusing the House of not focusing on "real issues" like funding for Ukraine, Israel and border security.
All of the republicans voted to move forward on the impeachment inquiry making President Biden’s argument a moot point.
Days ago Hunter Biden was indicted by Special Prosecutor David Weiss for tax invasion.
As result of defying today’s subpoena, republican leadership is now on the move to pursue contempt of Congress charges against Hunter Biden.
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