Impeachment inquiry into Biden: Potential distraction for 2024 elections

While it may lack evidence, experts suggest that it could divide the elections and affect Biden’s chances of reelection.

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WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, the US House of Representatives voted to formally authorize its ongoing impeachment inquiry into US President Joe Biden.  Citing concerns about his son Hunter’s controversial foreign business dealings, the investigation would be to see if he had benefitted from it, as Hunter reportedly refused to testify. اضافة اعلان

While the White House dismissed it as a baseless political ploy, the investigation could potentially disrupt Biden’s bid for a second term in the 2024 elections. The effort is being led by Republicans, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

Despite minimal chances of success, Republicans, now the majority in the House, accuse Biden of leveraging his influence as Vice President to enable questionable business activities by his son in China and Ukraine. House Investigative Committee Chairman James Comer claimed Biden "repeatedly lied to the American people."

In response, Biden, his Democratic allies, and Hunter vehemently deny the accusations. Biden’s accused of any legal issues. He accused "Trump supporters" of attempting to harm his father and declined participation in a closed hearing summoned by Republicans.

Despite the impeachment investigation opening in the summer, Republicans believe a formal inquiry would offer them more power to scrutinize Biden. Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson emphasized the need to provide answers to the American people.

The US Constitution allows impeachment for "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and violations." The process involves two stages, starting with a House vote on articles of impeachment. If approved, the Senate conducts the trial, but Biden's acquittal seems likely given the Democratic majority.

While three presidents faced impeachment proceedings, none were impeached in US history. Andrew Johnson (1868), Bill Clinton (1998), and Donald Trump (2019, 2021) were acquitted. Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 to avoid impeachment over the Watergate scandal.

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