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Republicans Back Impeachment Inquiry Against Joe Biden

The United States House of Representatives has authorized an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden, with every Republican member voting in favor of the move, despite ongoing concerns within the party that the investigation has yet to produce evidence of misconduct by the president. The 221-212 party-line vote puts the entire House Republican conference on record in support of an impeachment process that can lead to the ultimate penalty for a president: punishment for what the Constitution describes as “high crimes and misdemeanors”. This outcome can lead to removal from office if convicted in a Senate trial.

President Biden has questioned the priorities of House Republicans in pursuing an impeachment inquiry against him and his family, arguing that instead of focusing on making Americans’ lives better, they are preoccupied with attacking him with lies. “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,” he said in a rare statement about the impeachment effort.

The impeachment investigation will extend well into 2024 when Mr. Biden will be running for re-election and seems likely to be squaring off against former President Donald Trump, who was twice impeached during his time in the White House. Mr. Trump has been pushing his Republican allies in Congress to move swiftly on impeaching Mr. Biden as part of his broader calls for vengeance and retribution against his political enemies.

President Joe Biden (Via Joe Biden/Twitter)

The decision to hold a vote came as Speaker Mike Johnson and his team faced growing pressure to show progress in what has become a nearly year-long probe centered around the business dealings of Mr. Biden’s family members. While the investigation has raised ethical questions, no evidence has emerged that Mr. Biden acted corruptly or accepted bribes in his current role or previous office as vice president.

Speaker Johnson and his leadership team have emphasized that they do not take the responsibility of overseeing the impeachment inquiry lightly and will not prejudge the outcome of the investigation. However, some lawmakers have expressed concerns that the investigation lacks merit, citing the lack of evidence against the president.

House Democrats, on the other hand, have vehemently opposed the impeachment inquiry, labeling it a farce perpetrated by Republicans to avenge the two impeachments against Mr. Trump. Representative Jim McGovern (Democrat-Massachusetts) described the inquiry as an “extreme political stunt” with “no credibility, no legitimacy, and no integrity”. McGovern and other Democrats have argued that the investigation is a distraction from the pressing issues facing the country and a waste of time.

As the impeachment inquiry moves forward, it remains to be seen whether the evidence gathered will be sufficient to support the Republican claims of wrongdoing by President Biden. However, one thing is clear: the investigation has already had a profound impact on the political terrain, with both sides dug in and unyielding in their positions.

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