House Republicans have formally expanded their impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden to examine whether he “corruptly sought to influence or obstruct” Congress by keeping his son Hunter from attending a closed-door interview earlier this month, Just the News reported.
In a letter to the White House Counsel, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan said comments made by White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre necessitated the expansion.
During the White House press briefing on December 13, Jean-Pierre was asked whether Biden had watched Hunter’s press conference outside the U.S. Capitol earlier that day announcing his decision not to comply with the subpoena issued by House Republicans.
“When it comes to the president and the first lady, they are proud of him continuing to rebuild his life. They are proud of their son,” Jean-Pierre had responded. “The president was certainly familiar with what his son was going to say. And I think what you saw was from the heart, from his son,” she added.
Comer and Jordan said Jean-Pierre’s comments suggested that Joe Biden “had some amount of advanced knowledge that Mr. Biden would choose to defy two congressional subpoenas.”
“The fact that the President had advanced awareness that Mr. Biden would defy the Committees’ subpoenas raises a troubling new question that we must examine: whether the President corruptly sought to influence or obstruct the Committees’ proceeding by preventing, discouraging, or dissuading his son from complying with the Committees’ subpoenas,” the chairmen wrote in their letter to Assistant to the President and White House Counsel Edward Siskel.
“Such conduct could constitute an impeachable offense,” they added.
The lawmakers also noted that Joe Biden has made “false claims” about his family’s shady business dealings, providing further impetus to investigate whether there had been a “conspiracy to obstruct” the impeachment inquiry.
“The Committees have accumulated substantial evidence that Hunter Biden’s business endeavors have improperly included his father, and the President has made false claims about his knowledge and involvement in these schemes,” the lawmakers wrote. “In fact, just days before Mr. Biden was scheduled to appear for his deposition, the President claimed he had not interacted with any of his son’s business partners.
“This is false. The President has met with, spoken to, and received money sourced from his son’s foreign business partners,” they added.
The chairmen gave the White House until January 10 to turn over all documents and communications pertaining to Hunter Biden’s deposition and Joe Biden’s statement about his family’s business associates on December 6, 2023.