House Republicans authorize Biden impeachment inquiry

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House Republicans voted to authorize an impeachment inquiry regarding President Joe Biden, while Democrats opposed the resolution, which passed 221-212 in a strictly party-line vote.

The resolution states, “The Committees on Oversight and Accountability, Ways and Means, and the Judiciary are directed to continue their ongoing investigations as part of the House of Representatives inquiry into whether sufficient grounds exist for the House of Representatives to exercise its Constitutional power to impeach” the president.

“As President Biden continues to stonewall lawful Congressional subpoenas, today’s vote of the full House of Representatives authorizing the inquiry puts us in the strongest position to enforce these subpoenas in court,” House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.), House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.), House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), and House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) said in a joint statement.

“We have seen witness testimony and bank records showing millions of dollars flowing to the Biden family from foreign adversaries. Witnesses have testified about the President’s numerous interactions with his family’s foreign clients. The President and White House have repeatedly misled the public, shifted the goalposts, and stonewalled our investigation,” the GOP lawmakers said.

But Biden accused Republicans of engaging in a “political stunt.”

“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,” the president said in a statement.

The House voted in favor of impeaching Trump twice during his presidential tenure, but both efforts fell short of reaching the threshold necessary for conviction in the Senate. The Senate vote during the second Trump impeachment push took place after Trump had already departed office.

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