President Joe Biden has accused House Republicans of initiating an impeachment inquiry against him with the intention to “shut down the government.” These remarks came during his first public comments on the congressional investigation. Biden, 80, expressed bewilderment at Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s recent directive for House committees to formally begin an impeachment inquiry against him. He linked this move to the impending September 30 government funding deadline.
In response to the situation, Biden commented at a campaign reception in McLean, Va., saying, “Well, I tell you what, I don’t know quite why, but they just knew they wanted to impeach me. Now, best I can tell, they want to impeach me because they want to shut down the government.” He also mentioned Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s desire to impeach him from the very start of his presidency and emphasized his daily focus on addressing issues that impact the American people.
McCarthy, a Republican from California, ordered the impeachment inquiry, citing alleged involvement by President Biden in his son Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings. McCarthy argued that House Republicans had uncovered credible and serious allegations that collectively portray a culture of corruption. He stated, “Through our investigations, we have found that President Biden did lie to the American people about his own knowledge of his family’s foreign business dealings.”
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre countered these claims, asserting that congressional investigations into the Biden family’s alleged influence-peddling operation had failed to uncover any evidence of wrongdoing by the President. She stated that this conclusion had been reiterated throughout nearly a year of investigation, emphasizing that the President had not committed any wrongdoing.
Biden has consistently maintained that he never discussed his son Hunter’s foreign endeavors or those of his brother James, despite evidence to the contrary, including witness statements and records from Hunter’s abandoned laptop. While the initiation of an impeachment inquiry does not guarantee Biden’s impeachment, it is widely anticipated that articles of impeachment may be drafted and considered.
Since January, Republican lawmakers have introduced five resolutions seeking to impeach the President for “high crimes and misdemeanors,” primarily related to his handling of the immigration crisis and alleged efforts to shield his family’s business dealings from congressional and Justice Department scrutiny.
McCarthy faces the challenging task of managing the impeachment inquiry alongside the imperative of funding the government by the end of September, as the failure to take action would result in a government shutdown. Some House Republicans have urged a focus on pursuing spending cuts ahead of the funding deadline. McCarthy has proposed passing a short-term bill, known as a continuing resolution, while working out a longer-term government funding agreement. The conservative House Freedom Caucus has indicated its opposition to any stopgap measure intended to avert a shutdown.