President Joe Biden wished House Republicans “great luck” in their impeachment inquiry, taunting his political opposition upon his return to the White House on Sunday.
The president spent the weekend in Wilmington, Delaware, where he continued to ignore questions about his son Hunter’s indictment — and lured an armed protester near his residence.
Biden ignored a shouted question about whether he would pardon Hunter as he left the church Saturday night.
The president did not answer the same question when asked Friday after addressing the ongoing United Auto Workers strike.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said later Friday that the president would not pardon his son.
President Joe Biden wished House Republicans “lots of luck” when asked about opening an impeachment inquiry on Sunday.
President Joe Biden smiles as he walks past reporters on the South Lawn Sunday after spending the weekend in Wilmington, Delaware
“I have already answered this question and I have been very clear. I said no,” she said during the briefing.
Hunter Biden faces three federal charges, carrying up to 25 years in prison, related to his purchase of a gun – allegedly lying on the gun purchase form while he was a drug addict.
But it was the first son’s foreign business dealings that prompted Tuesday’s announcement that House Republicans would open an impeachment inquiry.
While President Biden has denied being involved in Hunter’s business deals in Ukraine and China, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has said otherwise.
“House Republicans have uncovered serious and credible allegations about President Biden’s conduct,” he said Tuesday from the Capitol. “Taken together, these allegations paint a picture of a culture of corruption.
“These are allegations of abuse of power, obstruction and corruption. And they warrant further investigation by the House of Representatives. “That’s why today I’m calling on our House committee to open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden,” McCarthy noted.
“This next logical step will give our committees full power to bring together all the facts and answers for the American public.” That’s exactly what we want to know the answers to,” the House Speaker added.
President Joe Biden chats with worshipers Saturday as he leaves services at St. Joseph on the Brandywine
Republicans have accused Biden and his family of making millions from shell companies Hunter Biden created when his father was vice president.
Hunter struck business deals with an energy company in Ukraine, received a discounted stake in a private equity firm in China and did consulting work for a Romanian real estate tycoon.
The president has denied any involvement in his son’s affairs. But Republicans say at least a dozen Biden family members may be involved in a scheme to financially benefit from Biden’s public office.
House investigators are expected to issue subpoenas for the banking records of the president and his family.
GOP lawmakers also say Biden participated in at least 24 calls with Hunter’s business partners and was referred to as “the big guy” by Hunter’s business associates.
And they say Joe Biden used pseudonyms to discuss his Ukraine-related activities with his son Hunter while he was vice president.
An investigation is the first step in the impeachment process.
House Republicans opened an impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden on Tuesday in a bid to tie him to his son Hunter’s (pictured) trade deals. On Thursday, Hunter was charged with firearms charges.
A man carrying a gun in his side holster protested Sunday near President Joe Biden’s residence in Delaware ahead of the president’s return to the White House.
This is when evidence is gathered for impeachment articles or charges against an official.
It is a massive measure with many pitfalls, including angering Republican moderates and many Republican senators, who are skeptical of the issue, and causing friction with the White House as budget negotiations are underway. course.
Congress faces a September 30 deadline to fund the government or it will be shut down.
McCarthy, however, is under intense pressure from the conservative wing of his party to make such a decision, including threats from some of his own Republican lawmakers to remove him from the presidency.
The White House has repeatedly denied that Biden committed any wrongdoing. The president himself has stated that he was not involved in any of Hunter’s business dealings.
Some former Hunter associates, however, have testified that Joe Biden spoke to Hunter’s business associates, but the president’s defenders say it was a quick and merely cordial conversation, unrelated to any deal.
Joe Biden also used various private email addresses from which he sent, received, and sometimes forwarded government correspondence based on emails found on Hunter Biden’s now-infamous laptop.
“Robin Ware,” “Robert L. Peters,” and “JRB ware” were three pseudonyms used in emails regarding both official and family matters.
The White House says it’s common for public figures to use fake names.
McCarthy accused Biden of being involved.
“Eyewitnesses testified that the president joined several phone calls and had multiple interactions, dinners, which resulted in cars and millions of dollars for his son and his son’s business partners,” did he declare.
Hunter is estimated to have raked in $40 million through 20 shell companies and fake accounts created while Joe Biden was vice president, the same time the elder Biden was joining Hunter’s business calls and stopping by dinners sumptuous.
The White House called McCarthy’s decision “extreme politics.”
“House Republicans have been investigating the president for 9 months and have found no evidence of wrongdoing. Its own Republican members said so. He vowed to hold a vote to begin impeachment proceedings, but has now reversed course because he has no support. This is the worst policy extreme,” White House Oversight and Investigations spokesman Ian Sams said in a statement.