First hearing in Impeachment Inquiry sets out to explain “the basis for an impeachment inquiry”

James-Comer-Biden-Impeachment House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. James Comer is seen in front of a newspaper page with a photograph of Hunter Biden and his father President Biden during a House Committee on Oversight and Accountability hearing on Feb. 8.

Ecclesiastes 5:8 If you see the poor oppressed in a district, and justice and rights denied, do not be surprised at such things; for one official is eyed by a higher one, and over them both are others higher still

Important Takeaways:

  • House Republicans are kicking off an impeachment inquiry into allegations of corruption against President Biden
  • The White House has dismissed the House Republicans’ inquiry as a baseless political stunt.
  • Impeachment is a political process; it’s a tool that Congress has to remove a president from office if they have committed “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors,” according to the Constitution.
  • The current inquiry into Biden stands apart from past impeachment probes in that the allegations are not tied to a particular day or action — and the claims date back to Biden’s time as vice president.
  • House Republicans allege that Biden benefited from the foreign business dealings of his son, Hunter, when Biden was vice president.
  • Republicans have also made broad allegations about Hunter Biden receiving preferential treatment from the IRS and the Justice Department.
  • Justice Department special counsel has indicted Hunter Biden on three felony charges for allegedly purchasing a gun while he was addicted to drugs in 2018. The initial deal around his tax charges would have also allowed him to avoid prosecution on a firearm offense.

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