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U.S. House Speaker Launches Impeachment Inquiry Into President Joe Biden

September 12, 2023

U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is opening an inquiry that could lead to impeachment of President Joe Biden.

Biden has been under investigation for abuse of power in connection with his alleged role in business dealings between his son, Hunter Biden, and government-associated corporations in Ukraine and China. President Biden is accused of using his power when he was vice president of the United States to assist his son’s business dealings in foreign countries and to shield him from investigation afterward.

“Taken together, these allegations paint a picture of a culture of corruption,” McCarthy said Tuesday, September 12 during a press conference.

A special counsel appointed by the U.S. attorney general is currently investigating Hunter Biden.

McCarthy, a Republican who leads the U.S. House of Representatives, said he is directing key committee members from his party to begin the impeachment inquiry of President Biden, a Democrat.

“I do not make this decision lightly. Regardless of your party, or who you voted for, these facts should concern all Americans,” McCarthy said. “The American people deserve to know that the public offices are not for sale, and that the federal government is not being used to cover up the actions of a politically associated family.”

The U.S. Constitution empowers the U.S. House of Representatives to impeach the president with a majority vote. The president cannot removed from office unless the U.S. Senate then votes by a two-thirds majority to “convict” the president, in the term used by the federal constitution.

The House is controlled by a slim majority of Republicans. So impeachment is possible.

Removal from office seems unlikely, since the U.S. Senate is controlled by Democrats, and since a supermajority of senators is needed.

Three presidents have been impeached by the House – Andrew Johnson in 1867, Bill Clinton in 1998, and Donald Trump in 2019 and 2021.

Richard Nixon would have been impeached in 1974, but he resigned first.

No president has ever been removed from office.


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