Kevin McCarthy signals a Joe Biden impeachment inquiry
Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Image via AP.

Republicans included Matt Gaetz have pressured the Speaker to begin an inquiry.

Speaker Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday he is directing a House committee to open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden over his family’s business dealings.

McCarthy said the House investigation has found a “culture of corruption” around the Biden family. The announcement from the Republican leader comes as he faces mounting pressure from his right-flank to take action against Biden.

The Republican leader is once again at a political crossroads — trying to keep his most conservative lawmakers satisfied and prevent his own ouster. It’s a familiar political bind for McCarthy, who is juggling the impeachment inquiry and the government shutdown threat with no clear end game.

McCarthy has stopped short of announcing the launch of a Biden impeachment inquiry ahead of the 2024 election as former President Donald Trump emerges as the early Republican front-runner. But the GOP House leader, a Trump ally, is increasingly signaling it’s the next step the House will take despite outspoken concerns from the few remaining moderate lawmakers, who have no interest in impeaching the Democratic president.

Biden’s White House has dismissed the impeachment push as politically motivated.

“Speaker McCarthy shouldn’t cave to the extreme, far-right members who are threatening to shut down the government unless they get a baseless, evidence-free impeachment of President Biden. The consequences for the American people are too serious,” White House spokesman Ian Sams has said.

The impeachment push comes as Trump, who was twice impeached by the House but acquitted by the Senate, faces more serious charges in court. Trump has been indicted four times this year, including for trying to overturn the 2020 election Biden won.

“This is a transparent effort to boost Donald Trump’s campaign by establishing a false moral equivalency between Trump — the four time-indicted former President,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee.

House Republicans are probing the business dealings of the President’s son, Hunter Biden, but so far have not produced hard evidence linking the two. They have shown a few instances largely during the time the elder Biden was Barack Obama’s Vice President when he spoke by phone with his son and stopped by dinners his son was hosting with business partners.

Rep. James Comer, the Republican chairman leading the Oversight Committee, is digging deeper into the Biden family finances and is expected to seek banking records for Hunter Biden as the panel tries to follow the flow of money.

On Tuesday, Comer demanded the State Department produce documents about the work Biden did as vice president during the Obama administration to clean up corruption in Ukraine. Comer wants to understand the State Department’s views of former Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin, whom Biden and many Western allies wanted removed from office because of allegations of corruption.

The White House has insisted Biden was not involved in his son’s business dealings. And Democrats on the Oversight Committee are stepping up to fight against what they view as unfounded claims against Biden ahead of the 2024 election, as the President seeks reelection.

This comes as federal government funding is set to run out on Sept. 30, which is the end of the federal fiscal year, and Congress must pass new funding bills or risk a shutdown and the interruption of government services.

Conservatives who power McCarty’s majority want to slash spending, and the hard right is unwilling to approve spending levels the Speaker negotiated with Biden earlier this year.

McCarthy is trying to float a 30-day stopgap measure to keep government running to Nov. 1, but conservatives are balking at what’s called a continuing resolution, or CR, as they pursue cuts.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia Republican, said late Monday exiting McCarthy’s office she has “red lines” against any new money being spent for COVID-19 vaccines or mandates or Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Another Republican, Rep. Matt Gaetz of Fort Walton Beach, a top Trump ally, is warning that McCarthy could face blowback from conservatives if he does not push hard for spending cuts.

At the start of the year, Gaetz and other Republicans secured agreements from McCarthy as he struggled to win enough votes to become House Speaker.

Under the House rules, McCarthy’s opponents are able to call a vote at any time to try to oust the speaker from office.


Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

Associated Press


  • SteveHC

    September 12, 2023 at 11:58 am

    Republican Party is quite the cesspool these days.

  • Earl Pitts American

    September 12, 2023 at 12:02 pm

    Good mornting America,
    I, Earl Pitts American, along with America’s next POTUS, “The Ronald” are both amused to watch an empty sack RINO like McCarthy try and “talk tough”.
    HA HA America you already know, the brains behind the Biden Admimidtration already knows, America’s Global enemey’s already know (insert Chink laughter) *yingyang yingyang yingyang*
    Everybody knows RINO McCarthy’s weak saber ratteling this close to the 2024 election will amount to Zero, Nada, Zippo.
    If only I, Earl Pitts American, could teach McCarthy how to grow a pair of “Bull of The Woods” sack filling, Earl Pitts American Style, of non-RINO Giant gonads, then and only then, might we and our enemies expect something out of RINO McCarthy’s latest attempt to man-up to an Earl Pitts American type of real man.
    *insert Earl’s laughtet mixed with our enemy the Chink’s laughter*
    HA HA HA yingyang yingyang yingyang HA HA HA yingyang yingyang yingyang*
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts “A Taylor Hand Makes My Underware” American

    • JD

      September 12, 2023 at 12:05 pm

      F*ck off Burbank – don’t you have octogenarians to go line dance with?

  • JD

    September 12, 2023 at 12:04 pm

    The GOP really wants to lose the House, Senate, and Presidency in 2024.

    Better have evidence or lies that are overly compelling. Mitch McConnel doesn’t have cognitive fortitude to save you this time and there’s nobody of his caliber.

    They’re f*cked if they cannot pull it off because it’s going to look ½ assed and retaliatory. Normal people aren’t buying the bullshit anymore.

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