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House GOP cites new Hunter Biden charges in impeachment push

Michael Macagnone and Ryan Tarinelli, CQ-Roll Call on

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WASHINGTON — House Republicans argued Friday that the latest indictment of Hunter Biden on federal tax charges bolsters the need to approve an impeachment inquiry resolution into President Joe Biden, which is planned for a floor vote as early as next week.

The resolution references committee probes into Hunter Biden’s business dealings, which were central to the indictment unveiled late Thursday in California. Prosecutors allege a Hunter Biden scheme to avoid paying more than $1 million in income taxes from 2016 through 2019.

“Now that Hunter Biden is being charged for felony criminal activity related to the family business in which Joe Biden himself was aware and from which he benefited, Americans deserve more answers,” said House Ways and Means Chairman Jason Smith, R-Mo.

“These charges further confirm the need for Congress to move forward with an impeachment inquiry of Joe Biden in order to uncover all the facts for the American people to judge,” Smith said.

The indictment also comes amid a showdown between committee chairmen and the younger Biden over a subpoena to appear for a congressional deposition on Dec. 13, part of an investigation into GOP allegations that he was involved in a web tying the Biden family to foreign money.

House Republicans have for months sought to link Hunter Biden’s business dealings with his father as part of a wide-ranging probe into alleged influence peddling by members of the president’s family and Biden himself while he was in private life as well as when he served as a senator and vice president.

 

House Oversight and Accountability Chairman James R. Comer, R-Ky., in a statement Thursday argued that investigators should have gone further and could have uncovered payments that went to President Joe Biden himself.

“Unless U.S. Attorney Weiss investigates everyone involved in the Bidens’ fraud schemes and influence peddling, it will be clear President Biden’s DOJ is protecting Hunter Biden and the big guy,” Comer’s statement said.

Speaker Mike Johnson said this week that House GOP leaders need more authorities to obtain additional documents and testimony, which would be unlocked if the full House votes to formally bless the impeachment probe.

Comer, Smith and House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, issued an impeachment inquiry memorandum in September that has served as the basis for the latest impeachment push.

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