House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said this week he is ordering the U.S. House to open an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden over his family's business ventures.
According to the Associated Press, McCarthy said House investigations have pointed to a "picture of a culture of corruption."
"These are allegations of abuse of power, obstruction and corruption, and they warrant further investigation by the House of Representatives," McCarthy (R-CA) asserted.
The White House said in a statement that the announcement coming just before the 2024 presidential election is "extreme politics at its worst."
McCarthy is pushing through the impeachment inquiry without a U.S. House vote. The impeachment inquiry is just one step in the process of formal impeachment.
The White House said that McCarthy has previously spoken against impeachment inquiries unilaterally launched, but he has now "flipflopped because he doesn't have support."
House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries called the potential inquiry an "illegitimate impeachment inquiry" and said Democrats will support Biden "until the very end."
"There is not a shred of evidence that President Joe Biden has engaged in wrongdoing," Jeffries said. "President Joe Biden is a good man. He's an honest man. He's a patriotic man."
Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan and Ways & Means Chairman Jason Smith will lead the inquiry and brief the Senate this week.
The inquiry will examine Biden's son, Hunter Biden's business activities. The White House has said the president has not been involved in Hunter's private business affairs.
According to the AP, there has been no evidence linking the president to the business.
"We will go wherever the evidence takes us," McCarthy said.
McCarthy is facing his own criticism as he tries to stay in the top House role as government funding is set to run out on Sept. 30, the end of the current federal fiscal year. Congress must either pass new funding bills or risk a government shutdown.
According to reports, McCarthy is trying to push a 30-day stopgap measure that would keep the government running until Nov. 1., but many conservatives are concerned with a continuing resolution included in the measure.
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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.
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