Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said President Biden has turned American politics into a “culture of corruption.” Speaking to Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, McCarthy highlighted several instances of suspicious activity involving Biden family bank accounts and alleged bribery. He said GOP investigations into the Bidens’ business dealings confirm that the President lied about his associations with his son Hunter Biden’s commercial partners.
“He said he never had any dealings with his son’s business and that he never even talked to them. We’ve now found out that not only did he call into the meetings, he went to dinner,” McCarthy said. He then described how Hunter Biden received a $3.5 million Porsche following a dinner attended by the President.
The speaker stated that the Biden family “created 20 shell companies,” received payments from several foreign countries for reasons unknown, and federal agencies deliberately allowed statutes of limitation to run out to avoid prosecuting the President’s son.
McCarthy is determined to move forward with an impeachment inquiry and is said to be strategizing with senior Republicans on how to initiate proceedings. Press reports claim, however, that the Speaker has yet to persuade many GOP Congress members of the benefits of the idea. Whether to hold a Congressional vote to formally open investigations is a current sticking point for the Republican Party and this will need to be determined before things can move on.
On August 31, the White House warned Republicans that impeachment threats will backfire and increase division among the GOP on Capitol Hill. Biden spokesperson Ian Sams said the “baseless” impeachment probe would be “a disaster for congressional Republicans.” He said the evidence for this is already visible as McCarthy struggles to bring his party on board.
For example, Rep. Mike Lawler (R-N.Y.) and Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) have both publicly refused to support impeachment plans, and others say the risk is too high for Republicans in areas that voted for Biden.