Lawmakers in the US House voted yesterday along party lines to approve an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden over allegations of financial misconduct. The move formalizes a probe launched by former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R, CA-20) in September, which had languished in recent months.
House Republicans have accused Biden and his family members, including his son, Hunter, of profiting off his position as vice president during the Obama administration. Devon Archer, a former business partner of Hunter Biden, testified Joe Biden was sometimes placed on speakerphone during meetings with foreign business associates (though he also said he was not aware of any wrongdoing). Separately, an unverified FBI tip revealed in July alleged a scheme by Ukrainian energy company Burisma to bribe the Bidens.
GOP lawmakers say formalizing the inquiry allows wider authority in issuing subpoenas and investigating financial information.
In related news, House Republicans said yesterday they would move to hold the younger Biden in contempt of Congress for ignoring a subpoena for closed-door testimony yesterday.