US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced on Monday the initiation of an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden concerning alleged involvement in his son Hunter Biden's business activities.
McCarthy stated, "We've found serious and credible allegations regarding President Biden's conduct, indicating a potential culture of corruption." He has directed the House committee to begin the formal impeachment inquiry, asserting that it's imperative to "gather all the facts and answers for the American public."
This significant announcement comes as the House resumes after a seven-week summer hiatus, with a government shutdown looming in 19 days if funding measures aren't settled.
Central to the contention is an ongoing House Oversight Committee investigation into the Biden family's alleged foreign business ventures. Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) recently pointed to National Archives emails as pivotal evidence. These correspondences allegedly link President Biden to pseudonymous email accounts utilized during his vice-presidential tenure.
The controversy heightened when Southeastern Legal Foundation, a conservative advocacy group, disclosed that NARA was in possession of approximately 5,400 emails possibly connected to pseudonymous accounts. NARA representatives, however, refrained from commenting on these findings.
Furthermore, McCarthy alleges President Biden misled the public about his cognizance of his family's overseas transactions. Testimonies and bank records supposedly implicate President Biden in several interactions leading to substantial financial gains for Hunter Biden.
"These allegations suggest abuse of power, obstruction, and corruption that merit further House investigation," McCarthy emphasized.
The White House condemned the move, with spokesman Ian Sims labeling it "extreme politics." Meanwhile, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) termed the initiative "politics on steroids." In contrast, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) highlighted the inquiry's potential to unveil information otherwise inaccessible to Senate Republicans.
President Biden has not yet publicly responded to these developments.