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What will happen if Congress goes ahead with Biden’s impeachment inquiry?

2023-12-15T14:43:25+00:00
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  • What does the Biden impeachment inquiry involve?
  • Republicans are moving forward.
  • There is no evidence he has done anything wrong.

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives formally voted to go forward with an impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden.

The Republican majority has been pushing for an investigation, though there is  no evidence of wrongdoing.

This significant step follows months of speculation and rumors about possible legal action in response to accusations of influence peddling.

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The decision to conduct an impeachment inquiry was made after the Republicans took the House in the November 2022 midterm elections.

The investigation began soon after, although Republican leadership was cautious in the absence of any findings.

Some moderates were skeptical.

Still, more extreme legislators have been pushing to go forward.

What does Congress say about the Biden investigation?

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In September, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, unilaterally entrusted three legislative committees with the task of leading the investigation into Biden, according to EFE.

Republicans accuse Biden of influence peddling, arguing that he intervened on behalf of his son Hunter.

They also accused other members of his family of taking advantage of their political connections.

Republicans allege Biden and his family have received over $15 million in payments from foreign companies and governments.

What foreign governments are named in the Biden impeachment inquiry?

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The foreign governments accused of paying members of the Biden family between 2014 and 2019 are: Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Romania and China.

In addition, they claim that Biden met at least 22 times with his son’s foreign associates, the EFE agency reported.

The formalization of the investigation seeks to give more legitimacy to the process, officially backing it with the support of the House of Representatives.

This step would facilitate Republicans’ access to information, documents and testimony, strengthening their position in the face of possible legal action.

Does Biden want to avoid an impeachment trial?

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Until now Republicans have avoided putting impeachment to a vote due to their narrow House majority.

However, the decision to make the vote reflects unity among their members.

This signals a serious commitment to impeach Biden regardless of the evidence.

If the investigation yields results in the coming months, the committees will have to draft articles of impeachment, which will be put to a vote in the House.

What could happen to Biden?

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If approved, the Senate, where Democrats have a majority, will carry out the impeachment trial, the EFE agency reported.

Biden’s impeachment would require a two-thirds vote in the Senate — a scenario that’s difficult to imagine in the current political context.

However, the impeachment investigation could have a lasting impact in the political sphere.

In addition, it could serve as a weapon for Republicans less than a year before the 2024 presidential elections.

What does Biden say about it?

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President Biden accused House Republicans of attacking him with «lies.»

«Instead of doing anything to help make Americans’ lives better, they are focused on attacking me with lies,» the White House statement said.

The president has been accused by Republicans of having alleged financial ties with China and of taking advantage of his political influence to help his family’s businesses.

«[T]hey are choosing to waste time on this baseless political stunt that even Republicans in Congress admit is not supported by facts,» the statement continues.

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