Impeachment Inquiry Launched: President Biden Accused of Assisting Son in Foreign Business Deals

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 09/28/2023
On Thursday, House lawmakers initiated an impeachment inquiry against President Biden. They presented recently disclosed documents as evidence to support their allegations that he assisted his son in obtaining foreign business deals. Additionally, they claimed that the Justice Department was involved in concealing these activities.

Included within a collection of documents are various messages and emails originating from James Biden, the brother of the president, as well as Hunter Biden, the president's son. These correspondences make explicit references to Mr. Biden's participation in their respective business ventures. According to available records, there have been instances where the Justice Department has made attempts to prevent IRS and FBI officials from conducting investigations into Mr. Biden while they were looking into allegations of tax fraud and gun crimes involving Hunter Biden.


The newly released documents have been cited by Republicans as additional evidence to support their decision to initiate an impeachment inquiry into the president. These documents, along with financial records and witness testimony, have been gathered by investigators and are being used to bolster the case against the president.

According to the records, it is evident that Hunter Biden was included in the information regarding a conference call organized by the White House. This conference call revolved around the plans for then-Vice President Joseph R. Biden's visit to Ukraine in December 2015. The notes regarding the upcoming trip were distributed among individuals including Hunter Biden, Devon Archer (a business associate), and Vadym Pozharskyi (a high-ranking official at Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company). It is important to note that during that period, Hunter Biden was receiving an annual payment of $1 million for his board membership at Burisma Holdings.

According to Chairman Jason Smith, a Republican from Missouri, the Ways and Means Committee has recently made public new documents that suggest President Biden had knowledge of and involvement in his son's business activities.

As Congress was diligently working to pass emergency spending legislation in order to prevent a government shutdown by midnight Saturday, the hearing was officially called to order. The scene began with a dais that was only partially occupied. The full hearing was not attended by many Republicans, even though they typically align with the party.

The hearing, which was led by the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, faced criticism from Democrats. The Republicans were accused of engaging in an endeavor aimed at supporting the reelection campaign of former President Donald Trump. Critics argued that this action was a misuse of the time and resources of House lawmakers, who should be focusing on more pressing matters.

During the hearing, which was led by Republicans, the White House released statements that drew attention to the impending shutdown deadline.

Following the conclusion of the hearing, Sharon Yang, who serves as the White House spokesperson for oversight, characterized the event as a "baseless stunt" that relied on information that has been discredited and proven false.

According to the spokesperson, the flop in question was an unsuccessful attempt to divert attention from the internal turmoil and lack of effective governance that is pushing the country towards an avoidable government shutdown, which will have negative consequences for American families.

The claim made by Republicans that then-Vice President Biden worked to dismiss Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin on behalf of his son and Burisma has been consistently dismissed by Democrats for a significant period of time. The evidence presented by Republicans on Thursday failed to persuade the individuals involved.

According to Representative Jamie Raskin of Maryland, the top Democrat on the panel, the government of the USA is on the verge of shutting down in 62 hours. Additionally, he claims that Republicans are initiating an impeachment drive that is founded on a falsehood that has been thoroughly disproven and discredited.

During the hearing, Republicans provided evidence and presented a timeline to illustrate what they claimed to be a consistent pattern of Mr. Biden's involvement in Hunter Biden's foreign business deals. According to their assertions, these deals ultimately resulted in substantial financial gains for the Biden family. Mr. Biden's actions, according to reports, can be traced back to his second term as vice president and have continued throughout his presidential campaign.

The transcripts of testimony provided by Tony Bobulinski, a business associate of Biden, were read by lawmakers during their proceedings with the Ways and Means Committee. According to Mr. Bobulinski, there were collaborations between Hunter Biden, James Biden, and their associates with CEFC, an energy company that shares an alignment with the Chinese Communist Party. These collaborations aimed to secure business deals in various countries such as Poland, Romania, Oman, and the Middle East during the years 2015 and 2016. During his testimony, Mr. Bobulinski made a statement indicating that the Bidens and their associates expressed a preference for not receiving payment during the time when Mr. Biden held the position of vice president.

After Mr. Biden's departure from office in 2017, the CEFC made payments exceeding $1 million to James and Hunter Biden, as well as their associates.   Representative Nancy Mace, a Republican from North Carolina, expressed her understanding of the reason behind a certain situation. Back pay refers to the amount of money that is owed to an individual for work that was performed in the past but was not paid at the time it was due.

The committee released a total of 700 pages of documents, which offered valuable insights into Assistant U.S. Attorney Lesley Wolf's actions to protect Mr. Biden from being involved in the investigation. One notable instance was her directive to remove any mention of him from a search warrant, which occurred during his presidential campaign.

In the summer of 2020, Hunter Biden became the subject of investigations conducted by the IRS and FBI. These investigations were focused on allegations of tax fraud and violations related to foreign lobbying. After conducting an investigation, the authorities decided to pursue a search warrant for the property belonging to Mr. Biden. It was at this location that Hunter Biden had been residing.

In August 2020, Ms. Wolf made a statement indicating that she believed there should not be any mention of Political Figure 1, who was specifically referring to Mr. Biden, the Democratic nominee for president at the time.

The House lawmakers are currently engaged in an impeachment inquiry, during which they are diligently pursuing a trail of evidence. Their objective is to establish the alleged corrupt actions of Mr. Biden.

House Oversight Chairman James Comer, Kentucky Republican, said bank financial records have revealed more than $20 million in profits from the foreign business deals, many of them dating to Mr. Biden’s time as vice president, and much of the money flowing into the bank accounts of nine Biden family members.

Lawmakers have pointed out that Mr. Biden's claims of having no involvement in his son's foreign deals are contradicted by all available evidence.

According to Mr. Comer, the individual in question deceived the American public by asserting that there existed a clear and unambiguous separation between his official responsibilities as a government official and his personal affairs. To clarify, let's make sure we have a clear understanding of the matter at hand. The absence of a wall was evident. The door was open to individuals who had purchased what a business associate referred to as the "Biden brand."

To make their case for impeaching Mr. Biden, lawmakers invited Eileen O’Connor, who formerly supervised tax cases for the Justice Department, forensic accountant Bruce Dubinsky and George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley as witnesses.

Mr. Turley said the Republicans had enough evidence to launch an impeachment inquiry but no more than that.

“I do not believe that the current evidence would support articles of impeachment,” he told the House oversight committee. “But I also do believe that the House has passed the threshold for an impeachment inquiry into the conduct of President Biden.”

The witness for the Democrats, University of North Carolina law professor Michael Gerhardt, who worked for Democrats on President Trump’s second impeachment trial, said the Biden impeachment inquiry is unjustified because the Republicans had no evidence of wrongdoing by the president.

“The problem is that the dots are not connected,” Mr. Gerhardt said. “The name that’s been repeated most often in this hearing is Hunter Biden, not President Biden. And the point of an impeachment inquiry is not about the president’s son. It has to be about the president himself.”

Lawmakers plan to seek bank account records from Hunter Biden and James Biden and other financial documents that may be easier to obtain in an impeachment inquiry and could tie Mr. Biden more directly to the financial deals.

The oversight committee this week made public two wire transfers sent to Hunter Biden in the summer of 2019 from Chinese nationals totaling $260,000. The wires were sent to Mr. Biden’s address in Wilmington, Delaware.

Most of the money, which arrived at Mr. Biden’s home as he was launching his presidential bid, came from Jonathan Li, one of Hunter Biden’s business partners. Mr. Li had met with Vice President Biden in Beijing and had talked with him by phone. Mr. Biden later wrote college recommendation letters for Mr. Li’s children.


“This is a tale as old as time. Politician takes action that makes money for his family, and then he tries to conceal it,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican.

Democrats on the panel said the impeachment inquiry was based on lies and conspiracy theories, including the Republican claim that Mr. Biden worked to oust Mr. Shokin, the Ukrainian prosecutor general, because he was investigating Burisma. Although Mr. Biden later boasted that he forced out Mr. Shokin by threatening to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees, Democrats said Mr. Biden acted because Mr. Shokin was not doing enough to battle corruption in Ukraine.

“If the Republicans had a smoking gun, or even a dripping water pistol, they would be presenting it today. But they’ve got nothing on Joe Biden,” Mr. Raskin said.

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