The White House on Tuesday condemned the impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden as “extreme” and unjustified.
“House Republicans have been investigating the president for 9 months and have found no evidence of wrongdoing,” White House spokesman Ian Sams said. job on X. “His own GOP members said so.”
Speaking at the U.S. Capitol, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy opened the investigation Tuesday, saying House Republicans have uncovered “serious and credible allegations” against President Biden of “abuse of power, obstruction and corruption.”
Sams claimed the investigation was “extreme politics at its worst” and suggested that McCarthy should hold a vote in the House to launch the investigation, even though former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA ) did not do so during his impeachment proceedings against former President Donald. Asset.
“He promised to hold a vote to open impeachment proceedings, but now he has reversed course because he has no support,” Sams said.
Depending on the investigation’s findings, a full House vote could take place on the articles of impeachment. If approved by 218 votes in the House, the articles will go to the Senate, where the upper chamber will be forced to hear the evidence in a Senate trial.
McCarthy said House investigators found that Joe Biden lied about his involvement in the family business and that bank records showed many payments were made to Biden family members through shell companies. He also cited an FBI informant’s file that said Joe Biden was bribed by a Ukrainian energy executive.
“Taken together, these allegations paint a picture of a culture of corruption,” he said. “These are allegations of abuse of power, obstruction and corruption. They warrant further investigation by the House of Representatives.
“That’s why today I’m calling on our House committee to open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden,” he continued. “This logical next step will give our committees full power to bring together all the facts and answers for the American public. That’s exactly what we want to know: the answers.
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“I think the president would also like to address these questions and allegations,” McCarthy added. “I would encourage the president and his team to cooperate fully with this investigation in the interest of transparency.”
The polls appear to call for an impeachment inquiry. Sixty-one percent of Americans believe Joe Biden was involved in his family’s trade deals with China and Ukraine, according to a recent CNN poll. Only 38 percent say he wasn’t involved, and just 1 percent say he was involved and did nothing wrong.
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