The first hearing in the House Republicans’ impeachment investigation into President Joe Biden is scheduled to take place next week.
According to a representative for the House Oversight Committee, the hearing, which is set for September 28, is anticipated to center on “constitutional and legal questions” related to the claims that Biden was involved with his son Hunter’s foreign enterprises.
Republicans, backed by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, have argued in recent weeks that Vice President Joe Biden’s actions demonstrate a “culture of corruption” and that his son utilized the “Biden brand” to boost his business with foreign clients.
McCarthy appointed Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., chairman of Oversight, to lead the investigation in coordination with Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan and Ways & Means Chairman Jason Smith.
The spokesperson also said Comer plans to issue subpoenas for the personal and business bank records of Hunter Biden and the president’s brother James Biden “as early as this week.”
In the midst of the presidential campaign, the White House has referred to the House Republicans’ initiative as “extreme politics at its worst.”
According to Ian Sams, a spokesman for the White House, “holding a political stunt hearing in the final days before they may shut down the government reveals their true priorities: To them, baseless personal attacks on President Biden are more important than averting a government shutdown and the suffering it would cause American families.
Following increasing pressure from his right side to take action against Biden or risk losing his position as leader, McCarthy initiated the impeachment inquiry last week.
At the same time, the speaker is having trouble getting the bills passed that are necessary to prevent a shutdown of the federal government at the end of the month.
Without a House vote, the California lawmaker started the investigation, and it’s not clear whether his small GOP majority would give him enough support to have it approved.
According to several senators, the evidence so far does not meet the Constitution’s standard for “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
Impeachment of the president is a constitutional power that, until recently, was rarely used by Congress. An inquiry is
a step toward that power.