The politically motivated impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden failed to produce any convincing evidence that Biden had committed the “high crimes and misdemeanors” required by the US Constitution for conviction and removal. chief executive. So naturally Speaker Mike Johnson proposed a floor vote, likely next week, to allow the inquiry as a “necessary step.”
Johnson tried to justify a vote by the entire House — which should have been taken months ago as a procedural step — as a response to the alleged White House vote. But it’s hard not to see this as the latest attempt by House Republican leadership to appease the far-right cohort in their conference and Trump cults in the majority party.
Ousted Speaker Kevin McCarthy launched the Biden impeachment inquiry in September without getting a vote on the floor, thus avoiding a scenario in which better-off members of his fragile majority — including Republicans elected in districts where Biden is popular – may rebel. Those same Republicans should join Democrats in denying the legitimacy of this impeachment circus by voting no.
Despite questions about the business dealings of Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and allegations of what Republicans call the “Biden crime family,” no evidence has been offered that President Joe Biden benefited from his son’s business dealings or shaped US policy because of them.
The testimony of Devon Archer, a former associate of Hunter Biden, remarkably failed to substantiate allegations that President Biden had any significant involvement in his son’s business. Republicans also seem to be trying to breathe new life into a claim, long denied, that while vice president Biden is pushing to fire a Ukrainian prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, for for Shokin is investigating Burisma, a company on whose board Hunter Biden serves. In fact, the Obama administration’s campaign against Shokin is part of a multinational effort to force Ukraine to confront corruption.
Finally, on Monday the House Oversight Committee announced that Hunter Biden’s business entity, Owasco PC, which receives payments from foreign companies, makes monthly payments to Joe Biden. Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., said the payments “are now part of a pattern that reveals that Joe Biden knew about, participated in and benefited from influence peddling schemes in his family.”
But the Washington Post reported that the payments — made in 2018, when Joe Biden was a private citizen — were payments for a truck that Biden helped his bankrupt son buy.
The details of the extravagant allegations against the president are almost beside the point, which is why the faltering impeachment inquiry is best viewed as an exercise in grooming former President Trump, who has accused Biden as “the most corrupt president we’ve ever had.” House Republicans facing a vote to legitimize this fishing expedition should ask themselves if it’s in their best interest to get on this particular Trump train.