The Republican-led House initiates an impeachment inquiry against President Biden.

On Wednesday, the United States House of Representatives voted to formalize an impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden, intensifying the ongoing political struggle between Republicans and Democrats leading up to the 2024 election. President Biden criticized the move, denouncing it as a “baseless” political maneuver.

Republicans, capitalizing on the controversial international activities of President Biden’s son, Hunter, have yet to present concrete evidence of corruption by the president. Even if the inquiry were to progress to an impeachment trial, the Democratic-led Senate is unlikely to convict him.

Nonetheless, this process provides Republicans with a prominent platform to criticize Biden during his reelection campaign and divert attention from the federal criminal trials involving his almost certain challenger, Donald Trump.

The vote, with a tally of 221 to 212, strictly followed party lines, with every Republican supporting it and every Democrat opposing it.

Conservatives allege that Hunter Biden engaged in influence-peddling, leveraging the family name in pay-to-play schemes during business dealings in Ukraine and China. It’s important to note that these allegations pertain to events predating his father’s presidency, and the White House emphasizes that no wrongdoing occurred.

Following the vote, Biden promptly responded, accusing Republicans of neglecting critical issues, such as government funding, while concentrating on scoring political points for the upcoming election.

“Instead of doing anything to help make Americans’ lives better, they are focused on attacking me with lies,” Biden stated. “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.”

Republicans argue that their efforts are justified, asserting that the inquiry authorization positions them strongly to enforce subpoenas in court. House Speaker Mike Johnson and other Republican leaders contend, “The American people deserve answers,” adding that the impeachment inquiry will aid in uncovering them.

Amidst right-wing conspiracy theories and media investigations surrounding Hunter Biden’s tumultuous personal life and business dealings, he issued a vehement statement in Washington.

Heartfeltly, I want to clarify that my father had no financial involvement in my business,” affirmed Hunter Biden.

Hunter Biden, a Yale-trained lawyer and former lobbyist who transitioned to become an artist, has faced personal tragedies and struggled with alcoholism and crack cocaine addiction. He made these remarks while addressing reporters on Capitol Hill, having declined to attend a closed-door hearing led by Republicans just inside.

Prompted by former President Trump, who faced impeachment twice, including for his attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, the Republican Party initiated inquiries into a potential Biden impeachment earlier this year. The hearings commenced in late September, culminating in the decision to hold the vote on Wednesday.

House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer asserted on Wednesday that the investigations have thus far “revealed how Joe Biden knew of, participated in, and benefited from his family cashing in on the Biden name around the world.”

However, experts interviewed during the proceedings stated that there was no evidence justifying an impeachment of Biden.

“Tuesday, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries asserted, ‘There is no evidence whatsoever that President Biden has been involved in any wrongdoing.'”

“The U.S. Constitution stipulates that Congress can remove a president for ‘treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.'”

“If the House proceeds with impeachment, essentially a political indictment, it would lead to a Senate trial. However, given the Democratic control of the Senate, the prospect of conviction and the president losing his job appears unlikely for Biden.”

“While three U.S. presidents—Andrew Johnson in 1868, Bill Clinton in 1998, and Donald Trump in 2019 and 2021—have faced impeachment, none have been ousted from office by the Senate.”

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The Republican-led House initiates an impeachment inquiry against President Biden.