The United States is on track to face an unprecedented presidential election next year. On the Republican side, the most popular candidate in the polls, Donald Trump, will campaign while facing four criminal trials in four different states. On the Democratic side, Joe Biden, who is seeking re-election, could face impeachment or removal from office over his son Hunter Biden’s business dealings. This latest measure was announced by the Speaker of the House of Commons, Kevin McCarthy, last Tuesday, based on the fact that, after two months of investigations, the House of Commons Oversight Commission found signs of a “culture of corruption” that warrant a major corruption investigation.
Holding a political trial of the North American president would give House investigators additional power over the finances of the family of the President of the United States. An investigation that Jaime Florez, communications director of the National Republican Committee, explains According to LA RAZÓN, “it could take several months since it depends on the cooperation of the authorities to provide the information they request” and, in his opinion, “the White House “The “FBI and Justice Department” asked to obstruct Hunter’s investigation, Biden¨. There is currently no evidence to support this claim.
McCarthy had no choice but to take this measure desperately and unilaterally. The Republican tried to save his own skin by appeasing his party’s most extreme wing, which has long threatened to fire him for agreeing to a deal with Joe Biden that extended the debt ceiling rather than enforcing tougher cuts , saying that even she would be willing to bring about a government shutdown. The American president’s response went exactly in this direction: “The only thing I can say is that they want to remove me because they want to close the government,” said Biden.
It does not appear that the decision has calmed the situation. Shortly after the impeachment was announced, Florida’s staunch Trump representative Matt Gaetz went to the House of Representatives to defend McCarthy’s firing. And as if that weren’t enough, on the other hand it also comes into confrontation with the more moderate Republicans who do not believe that there is enough evidence to impeach Joe Biden.
McCarthy made this decision to show strength, but he appears to be doing just the opposite and exposing the weakness that surrounds his unstable presidency. The Republican is aware that he would not have had enough support to implement his plan. As high-ranking Republicans revealed to the US broadcaster CNN, he wanted to spare the undecided members of his party the decision “so that they don’t have to take a stand.” Facing criticism for making the decision without a prior vote, McCarthy cited the fact that his predecessor in office, Nancy Pelosi, did the same when Democrats called for impeachment proceedings against former President Donald Trump in 2019.
Will impeachment really happen? Barely. The chances of the decision passing in the Senate are minimal, given that the Democratic majority is joined by Republicans led by veteran Mitchell McConell, who reject Congress’ hard line and are moving further away from Trump.
Now, it makes no sense to begin this process without completing it because that would benefit President Joe Biden. It would be like admitting and confirming Biden’s innocence. Digital media Politico believes that McCarthy “could use this argument to put pressure on moderates in his party who currently see no evidence of crime or serious wrongdoing.” For Florez, “Joe Biden lied by saying he knew nothing about his son’s business, that he had no involvement in it, and that he never benefited from it.” There is clear evidence that Hunter Biden used his family name to make lucrative deals abroad, but he is not a government official. The investigation must focus on his father, not him, and so far Republicans have presented no evidence that the American president benefited from his son’s businesses, even if McCarthy’s exaggerated use of the phrase “Biden family” penetrates into that subconscious of his party colleagues.