‘I do not make this decision lightly,’ Speaker Kevin McCarthy says, opening formal Biden impeachment inquiry

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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has officially opened a formal impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden.

McCarthy directed a House Committee to open the inquiry, pointing to the mounting evidence that the president’s son, Hunter Biden, and associates took millions of dollars from foreign interests and that President Biden knew about it.

“House Republicans have uncovered serious and credible allegations into President Biden’s conduct,” McCarthy said during the announcement.

“Taken together, these allegations paint a picture of a culture of corruption,” he added.

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski was immediately asked by reporters about her views on the matter. She objected to the impeachment proceedings and said House Republicans opening such an inquiry into President Joe Biden distracts from the appropriations process. And she said the bar for impeachment was being set lower.

McCarthy pointed to ongoing House investigations, saying Biden knowingly lied about his knowledge and involvement in the foreign business dealings of his son, Hunter Biden.

“Eyewitnesses have testified that the president joined on multiple phone calls and had multiple interactions, dinners resulted in cars and millions of dollars into his son’s and his son’s business partners,” McCarthy said.

Biden has repeatedly dismissed questions about him benefiting from an overseas payments, but has not yet responded publicly to the impeachment inquiry.

Murkowski, who voted against convicting former President Donald Trump during his first impeachment, voted in favor of impeachment during the second impeachment trial.

Meanwhile, President Biden has sent nearly his entire cabinet to Alaska this summer to keep Murkowski in the Biden fold. The motive for such an extraordinary parade of White House officials was even noticed by Politico, which wrote:

“Alaska, while beautiful in the summer, is not exactly close to Washington D.C. But few senators are as critical to the Biden agenda as Murkowski. Her influence in the tightly controlled Senate has made her a magnet for top White House staff.”

Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, agreed with Murkowski, saying, “I think the impeachment inquiry is absurd. The American people want us to do something that will make their lives better. Not go off on these chases and witch hunts.”

But McCarthy, facing pressure from his caucus, also pointed to testimony from IRS whistleblowers, who testified that during their investigation into Hunter Biden, who faces gun and tax charges, they uncovered about $20 million in payments to the Biden family and associates. According to bank records testimony, those payments came from entities in Ukraine, Russia, China, and more to various shell companies.

“The Treasury Department alone has more than 150 transactions involving the Biden family and other business associates that were flagged as suspicious activity by U.S. banks,” McCarthy said. “Even a trusted FBI informant has alleged a bribe to the Biden family. Biden used his official office to coordinate with Hunter Biden’s business partners about Hunter’s role in Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company.”

House Oversight Committee Chair Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., has spearheaded this investigation, raising concerns about an array of issues, including whether Air Force Two was used by Hunter Biden for his deals and whether President Biden’s Department of Justice interfered in Hunter’s case.

McCarthy said the impeachment inquiry is about getting to the bottom of the allegations and finding the facts. He encouraged Biden and his team to fully cooperate.

The impeachment committee will be led by Comer as well as Jim Jordan of the Judiciary Committee as well as Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo., who leads the Ways and Means Committee.

“I do not make this decision lightly,” McCarthy said. “Regardless of your party and who you voted for, these facts should concern all Americans.”

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  1. I bet the weak GOP can’t get it done. Probably a waste of time as the repubs can’t agree on anything. The demos will show them who is boss and it’s not the weak repubs.

  2. The Democrats control the Senate and they’ll never vote to convict. McCarthy knows that so impeaching Resident Biden in the House is just political theater to mislead the simple minded like so much else that the Republicans have been doing. The real question we should be exploring is what else is going on or about to happen that the Uniparty wants to distract us from? And, seriously, does anyone really want Roundheels Harris sitting in the Oval Office?

    • Lol. You got it right with Resident Biden. He’s been in DC so long he is a Resident. Too bad we can’t divert him to a old folks home. Tell him it’s the White House. Give him an office and phone that talks to a bot. He can think he’s working.

    • So interesting that no one in government wants to truly investigate what we were supposed to see on J6: election fraud evidence. Our elections are broken and many of those in office know they wouldn’t be there if they are fixed.

      • I see no better reason to investigate than the insistence, strident insistence of those in office that “there is nothing to see” and “it was the most secure election ever.”
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        If there really was nothing to see, and the election was the most secure ever, why fight so hard against any attempts to look into a few odd happenings?
        Heck, if I was elected President with 81+ Million votes, I would want to rub it into the face of my detractors, and support every effort to investigate weird events. But, nope the opposite is happening.

  3. Thanks to the pounding McCarthy was taking by Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Green. The youthful Republicans will get it done. The only thing Joe Biden can beat Trump at is a one-way trip to prison.

          • Rino,
            Admissibility of evidence will be the relevant documents that show self-enrichment of Joe Biden (the Big Guy) during his Vice-presidency. Bank records. Bank accounts. Paper trails. Pertinent documents. Witnesses. Maybe even testimony by Hunter Biden when he turns on the old man to save his own hide. Druggies will do this.
            All of the fraudulent ways to hide money. This is what criminals do. Treason will also be proven through traceable bank records which will show that the money came from our enemies. And, Biden’s retention of classified documents that a Vice-president cannot declassify on his own.
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            Btw, show us the admissable evidence that will allegedly be used against Donald Trump.

          • Alvin: RINO isn’t bright enough to follow-up. You are right about Hunter Biden. I bet he gives up his pop at some point just to save his own *ss. Hunter sacked his brother’s widow for awhile. Hunter sued to have his youngest child not use his last name. Hunter’s character is somewhere between the sewer line and the storm drain. He’s been strung out on dope, booze and hookers for half his life. There’s a reason why Joe continues to overplay the affection card with Hunter. Joe is afraid of Hunter, and very afraid that Hunter will let him take the fall from the presidency. Druggies turn on their lived ones, especially when they get desperate and go back to the dope. The Biden family is highly disfunctional and we will soon see them breakdown during the Congressional impeachment inquiry.

          • Marla and Alvin make salient points about Hunter Biden. Fear really does drive some of these politicians. Joe Biden’s outward affection for Hunter is actually fear-driven and fraud, knowing well that Hunter alone could topple the White House and Joe Biden. And it just may happen. That’s why they keep Hunter far away on a luxury beach house in California, at work painting ridiculous art. Hunter Biden is a broken man with little self-sustaining ability. He holds the keys to revealing tremendous corruption in the Biden Presidency and the Biden Administration. One little strung-out individual with no moral code or conscious, or father figure to show him the way. Joe Biden has fear in his heart like no other person.

  4. The dots are so close they are almost touching, but I bet the House spends months and millions investigating and comes back with nothing.

  5. He’s doing a political soft shoe. He doesn’t want a government shutdown, so he’s offering this up to placate the MGTs of the party.

    I support the inquiry since there may be no other way to find out just how dirty Joe is.

    Buts he’s not going anywhere. Don’t get your hopes up.

  6. The beauty is that the mainstream media is going to have a difficult time hiding this. Maybe some of the truth will be exposed to the sharp observer, even the potheads. Everything is not as it seems.

  7. Kevin?? Do you mean the guy that said Trump had to go after the insurrection? The one who back pedaled after multiple threats to remove him from the Party were issued? Kevin the one that took the longest in US history to be confirmed speaker of the house? That mouse. LOL

  8. For once I agree with Lisa – the bar for impeachment has been set lower… by the demo’rats going after President Trump. What goes around comes around, and brandon is the real deal face of corruption and treason. Big dilemma… do we really want to convict and elevate harris to POTUS? I thought not. This is all about screwing up the narrative for the msm leading up to 2024 campaigns & election. GOP is counting on acquittal in the Senate IMO – brandon, while destroying the nation, is a gift to the GOP. Impeachment might be easier than the 24th…
    I predict this will backfire on the GOP – the msm will paint it as “poor innocent biden is being picked on by the Republicans.” Trump will be the headlines from now until the election – each trial will be front page, each libtard column will speculate on jail time and complain about what a crook he is. He is not. Revelations about brandon will be on page 2 if reported at all. Nothing will change, the commies will retake the House, and POTUS RFKjr will require each of us take at least 2 years of classes in Mandarin. What’s left of the middle class will vanish and anyone with a house larger than 1000 square feet will lose it. All private land will be seized by the new chicom American government without compensation and all privately owned guns seized in a door-to-door operation by the military. Slightly more than half of the people will agree to this as long as marijuana remains legal. Slaves we will all be, because the chicoms won’t put up with bums on the public dole and everyone will be paid only a “basic living wage” that is not enough to live on.
    People who love freedom, please, get off your butts and vote conservative. Too late it will soon be.

    • Nah, the point is to trivialize the act of impeachment in the mind of the public.
      The Democrats have shown they are willing to cut quite a few process corners (compared to Nixon or Clinton) in their eagerness to tar Trump with the ‘impeached President’ label – knowing their media prestitutes would run the label at every opportunity during upcoming election cycles.

      Republicans are correct to return the favor and neutralize the weapon. A successful Biden impeachment vote will mean, short term – it will be awkward for ‘balanced news organizations’ to apply the ‘impeached’ label to Trump without acknowledging the label also applies to Biden. Long term, if all future presidents regularly get impeached, even ‘normies’ will realize the process has become a bad joke.

      I don’t see leftist politicians like Nancy Pelosi or ‘the Squad’ willingly stuffing the impeachment genie back into the bottle, so Republicans would be ill-advised to unilaterally disarm.

      • That’s the theory anyway… but wishful thinking. You’ve forgotten the influence of the msm on the muddled middle. I agree that using impeachment as a weapon is inappropriate, but once the genie is out of the bottle…

  9. So, the question is:
    Can a sitting President be impeached for a crime they committed before they were President?
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    Logically, one would say yes, but legally, it is a totally different matter. Logically, if I were to commit a felony when I was living in another state, holding another job, no one would say I should be allowed to keep my job, and remain free. I committed a felony.
    The problem comes in because the person is The President.
    There are a lot of “allowances” made for the President in office.
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    So the question for the legal experts here (of which I freely admit I am not), is “can a sitting President be impeached, convicted, and removed from office because of something they did before the held the office?”

    • It’s the crimes he’s still committing… And yes, the dims are after Trump for business dealings before his political career, including Stormy’s $$, so I expect brandon can get the same treatment.

      • You are wrong. Whether you agree or disagree with the impeachments of President Trump, he has never been impeached for his actions before or after his time as sitting President. And yes, he has been impeached twice, just not convicted. The House impeaches while the Senate serves as jury and convicts.

        President Trump was impeached, rightly or wrongly, for alleged quid pro quo with officials in Ukraine to dig up dirt on then candidate Biden and for his alleged actions leading to the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

        He is being charged by state officials in Georgia for alleged election interference in a Georgia election. He is being charged by state officials in New York for allegedly lying about business and building valuations. He is being charged by Federal officials for allegedly illegally keeping classified documents. He is being charged by state of New York officials for alleged illegal campaign contributions by Michael Cohen in payments to Stormy Daniels prior to the 2016 election.

        In the end, President Trump has never been impeached for anything he did before or after his term as President ended. His term was Jan 20, 2017 to Jan 20, 2021.

          • Where did I make a mistake in my timeline? Please point it out.

            The man may have been impeached after he left office, but it was for actions he allegedly did while in office, not actions taken as a private citizen.

            None of the criminal charges, right or wrong, from federal prosecutors are for actions taken while he was president of the country. They are for actions he did, allegedly, after he left office and was a private citizen.

            I do not like the man, but respect the office of the President and will withhold judgement on his alleged crimes until I see the evidence presented against him in court. That goes for both the current President as well as former Presidents. I don’t think Biden is a good president just as I don’t think Trump was a good president. I think that Trump was in it for himself and his own interests and that Biden is too old and going senile.

            I want new candidates that reflect more modern times, not people who were born closer to the Civil War than their own inauguration.

            So tell me how do I have TDS?

    • Is Biden’s “crime” an event or a series of crimes that continued/continues with the current Administration? Moreover, are the Administration’s foreign policies affected by the corruption?

      Interpol explains corruption, “The effects of corruption are far-reaching: it can undermine political, social and economic stability, and ultimately threaten the safety and security of society as a whole.” So, I ask you to consider the following:
      How much have we, the U.S., been compromised by his crime(s)?
      To what extent has foreign aid and military aid been undermined by the family’s kickbacks and influence-peddling?

      Source: ‘https://www.interpol.int/en/Crimes/Corruption

      • Perfectly valid point. If Briden is profiting from his eagerness to give money to the Government that once employed his son, and the security of the USA is compromised because of it. That is absolutely a crime committed while in office.

    • As I understand, and I’m still researching…

      POTUS can technically be impeached for damn near anything, if the votes are there. Impeachment is a political process, not a criminal one, so the bar of proving things is not nearly in play.

      I’ve read that impeachment is like indicting someone. He could be impeached for not standing up to Corn Pop. The bar is that low.

      We’re in uncharted political waters. The left was warned we would end up here. They brought this on themselves.

      • Impeachment is exactly like indicting someone. In fact, it is easier to get because there is, as demonstrated by the Democrats, no actual standard of proof required. At least in an indictment, there must be a “preponderance of evidence” standard that must be met. (does the evidence demonstrate more than 50% likelihood the defendant committed the crime.)
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        And, the left were warned not to use the Nuclear Option during the 0bama years, but Reid decided to do it anyway. Children do not learn from mistakes of others, it takes an adult level of experience to understand that.

  10. O’biden is not even legally the President. He and many others under him do not hold legal oaths of office if they even have one! He cannot be impeached because he is not the President. The 25th Amendment might be the only way to remove him.

      • No, I do not want Harris OR Biden. I am saying that he cannot be impeached because he does not hold the office legally. That is all I am saying. Trump 2024!

          • Interesting cman.
            Out of all the comments on this article, you have only one bit of snark.
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            And, that snark is not even defending your fellow leftist.
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            What is the matter, you cannot even write a degrading comment about McCarthy, or any other Republican? I can only assume that you cannot find a single thing to defend your buddy Briben with.

          • The result of a corrupt and fraudulent (s)election is an illegitimate office holder, TMA. And that description fits Usurper Biden to a “T”.

            Really, though, the entire corrupt and rotten federal government establishment is illegitimate.

        • An uncomfortable fact of life is Trump’s people were outhustled, Trump lost suburban white women, and …

          He himself put most of the voting irregularities in motion by encouraging lockdowns and irregular voting practices.

          Sometimes you just gotta accept you lost,

    • Ginny:
      If I cheated on my written driver license test, and the examiner did not catch it, I would be issued a driver license. And, that driver license would be legal documentation for using a motor vehicle on public roads, or proof of identification. The fact that I cheated to get it does not make the document I have in my wallet not legal.
      Right up to the point it is investigated, and demonstrated that I cheated to get that document (or in this situation, hold that office). If it is proven I cheated to get the driver license, it can be stripped from me. Until that time, I have a legally issued and legally valid driver license.

      • There are several people that have researched Biden’s swearing in and his paperwork. Look up Attorny (Atty) Todd Callender’s research on him. Maybe this is why President Trump keeps bringing up that Biden will be removed by the 25th?

        • Biden’s swearing in paperwork? Really?

          You’re claiming he’s not POTUS because of an alleged “process crime”?

          It’s time to grow up and face reality.

    • Truly investigating all of the election fraud in 2020 and 2022 would knock them all out of office, including the RINO’s who “won” in the primaries. At that point, all of these people should be tried for treason. That’s in a world where justice still reigns and the constitution is followed….not the world we live in. In this world, we get theater of impeachments which at best, will just more of the corrupted people in power.

  11. Here’s my scenario: Biden gets impeached; before the Senate holds the trial, Biden resigns; Kamala becomes president; Kamala’s real ignorance and mediocrity come out during her time as president so the Democrats can get rid of her which is their objective. Then the Democrats can put someone other than Kamala up for president.

    • I’ve heard some arguments the left is letting this slide (notice the minimal outrage by them?) to use this as a pretext to get him to not run again.

      Many of them want him gone as much as the right, but don’t want the blowback. Or “President Harris”.

      By letting this play out, McCarthy does their dirty work for them.

      Cue Gavin Newsome.

  12. Don’t get any hopes up for removing Biden. Votes simply aren’t there at present.

    There are some partisans who would vote not regardless of the evidence anyway.

    The real impact of this will be felt at the polls. Either by changing options of voters who are open to being persuaded, or by forcing the left to stand him down and run someone else.

  13. LOL, it sounds like smart strategy by a corrupt idiot running for president only has to pick a horrible running mate for VP who is so completely stupid with an obnoxious cackle in order to get away with anything they choose to do whether its bribery skimming cash from adversaries and using a phony invasion to repay them with our money or handing the keys over to China.
    All this time I thought Kamela was just plain stupid but its now looking more like a planned “get out of jail” or get away without impeachment scam that was premeditated during the phony days of Joes primary.

    Oh gosh Dont impeach the president! The vice president is worse! Smart strategy.
    Hilarios theory but looking to have merit from listening to peoples responses.

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