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ROUNDUP: MAGA House Republicans Launch Impeachment Inquiry Without A Shred Of Evidence

Dec 14, 2023

Ranking Member for the Oversight Committee, Rep. Jamie Raskin, speaks at a CIP press conference with Oversight and Judiciary Committee members ahead of the vote to formalize an impeachment inquiry on Wednesday.

Yesterday, in a shameful display, MAGA House Republicans voted to formally open an impeachment inquiry into President Biden. MAGA House Republicans have chosen to stand with Donald Trump, the disgraced former president facing 91 criminal indictments, instead of with the American people and issues like access to health care and the cost of living. Instead, they are pushing ahead with this desperate political stunt, despite the fact that James Comer and Jim Jordan’s year-long investigation has not produced a single shred of evidence of wrongdoing by the President, let alone any high crime or misdemeanor warranting impeachment. But don’t just take our word for it:

Reuters: Biden Impeachment Inquiry Authorized By House Republicans, Despite Lack Of Evidence. “The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to formally authorize its ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden, as Republicans unite behind the effort even though they have yet to find evidence of wrongdoing by the Democrat. […]  But they have not provided evidence that Biden took any official actions to help those businesses or benefited financially from them.” [Reuters, 12/13/23]

Associated Press: House Approves Impeachment Inquiry Into President Biden As Republicans Rally Behind Investigation. “The House on Wednesday authorized the impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden, with every Republican rallying behind the politically charged process despite lingering concerns among some in the party that the investigation has yet to produce evidence of misconduct by the president. […] no evidence has emerged that Biden acted corruptly or accepted bribes in his current role or previous office as vice president.” [Associated Press, 12/14/23]

The Washington Post (Opinion): Here’s How Dishonest James Comer’s Biden Allegations Are. “But here’s James Comer, four months later, suggesting not only that Hunter Biden did receive this money, but that it somehow influenced his father’s policy decisions. Because, at the end of the day, that’s what he and his colleagues want to convey. No evidence about Joe Biden’s unacceptable actions but, instead, that Joe Biden is somehow linked to a seedy universe of criminality — a link and a universe they’re still struggling to manifest.” [The Washington Post (Opinion), 12/14/23]

The Los Angeles Times Editorial Board: No Evidence For Biden Impeachment Inquiry? No Problem. The House GOP Doesn’t Seem To Care. “The politically inspired impeachment inquiry into President Biden has failed to produce any convincing evidence that Biden has committed the “high crimes and misdemeanors” required by the U.S. Constitution for the conviction and removal of a chief executive.” [The Los Angeles Times, 12/7/23

Al Jazeera: No Evidence But US Republicans Approve Biden Impeachment Inquiry. “The United States House of Representatives has voted to launch a formal impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden, despite an ongoing investigation finding no evidence of wrongdoing by the Democrat.” [Al Jazeera, 12/14/23]

MSNBC (Opinion): Despite Lack Of Evidence, GOP Advances Biden Impeachment Inquiry. “It was against this backdrop that quite a few GOP members in recent weeks and months — Don Bacon of Nebraska, Dusty Johnson of South Dakota, Michael McCaul of Texas, Dave Joyce of Ohio, et al. — publicly conceded that their party simply hadn’t uncovered evidence that Biden did anything wrong. And yet, the measure passed anyway.” [MSNBC (Opinion), 12/13/23]

Courthouse News: House Republicans Press Forward With Biden Impeachment Probe Despite Flimsy Evidence. “Although Republicans have collected bank records, interviewed witnesses and held numerous hearings, they have yet to uncover any evidence directly tying President Biden to any financial malfeasance or other impeachable conduct.” [Courthouse News Service, 12/13/23]

The Hill: GOP Lawmaker Who Backed Impeachment Inquiry Admits He’s Seen No Evidence Of ‘High Crime Or Misdemeanor’. “Rep. Dave Joyce (R-Ohio) said Wednesday that he has yet to see any evidence to support the accusations against President Biden, despite voting to formalize the impeachment inquiry into him earlier that day.” [The Hill, 12/14/23]

The Hill: Grassley Says He Has Seen ‘No Evidence’ Of Wrongdoing In GOP Biden Probe. “Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said that he has seen “no evidence” that President Biden was involved in his son Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings.” [The Hill, 12/13/23]

Washington Examiner: Grassley Says He Has ‘No Evidence’ Biden Is ‘Guilty Of Anything’ Ahead Of Impeachment Vote. “Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said he has found “no evidence” at this time that shows President Joe Biden is guilty of anything ahead of an impeachment inquiry vote in the House.” [The Washington Examiner, 12/13/23]

Newsmax: Sen. Grassley: No Evidence of Joe Biden’s Wrongdoing. “Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, revealed that he has yet to see any evidence that President Joe Biden was involved in his son’s allegedly shady foreign business dealings.” [Newsmax, 12/13/23]

ABC News: House Republicans Formalize Impeachment Inquiry Into President Biden. “The resolution, approved 221-212 in a party-line vote, directs three House committees to continue their investigations, which have yet to yield any hard evidence to support Republicans’ claims that Biden was directly involved and benefited from his son and brother’s foreign business dealings.” [ABC News, 12/13/23]

MSNBC (Opinion): On Impeachment, Republican Member Flubs Test On Burden Of Proof. “It appears some Republicans expect Biden to somehow come up with even more evidence of his innocence, rather than expecting the GOP to produce evidence of wrongdoing.” [MSNBC (Opinion), 12/14/23]

The Daily Beast: House Republicans Dive Headfirst Into Impeachment Inquiry—Elections Be Damned! “House Republicans are going all-in on President Joe Biden’s impeachment, with a nearly unanimous House GOP gambling Wednesday that voters will reward and not punish their impeachment inquiry into the president despite a yearslong investigation that has, thus far, not delivered any real evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors.” [The Daily Beast, 12/13/23]

The Atlantic: Republicans Are Playing House. “They have not produced any evidence of wrongdoing by his father. Instead, a pattern has emerged in which House Oversight Chair James Comer announces some bold new claim, only for reporters to immediately point out why it doesn’t hold up.” [The Atlantic, 12/14/23

USA Today: House Republicans Authorize Joe Biden Impeachment Investigation In Major Escalation. “But House Democrats have questioned the purpose of the investigation, given that Republicans have yet to turn up evidence directly tying Biden to his family’s business dealings.” [USA Today, 12/13/23]

The Los Angeles Times (Opinion): House GOP Can’t Govern, But Keeps Trying To Impeach Biden. “House Republicans plan to flee the Capitol this week for the holidays after almost 12 months in power. And flee they should: If they had any shame, they would be feeling plenty of it after the year they’ve had.” [Los Angeles Times, 12/14/23]

The Washington Post: The GOP’s Impeachment Inquiry Starts On Shaky Political Ground. “Republicans have come up far shy of a smoking gun in the case, hyping a series of disclosures and conclusions that weren’t as advertised or were undermined by other evidence. And that’s after they’ve focused on the subject for years, dating back to Trump’s presidency, which suggests there simply might not be enough there there.” [Washington Post, 12/13/23]

Newsweek: Democrats Rage Against ‘Sham’ Joe Biden Impeachment Inquiry. “Republicans have accused Biden of abusing his position as vice president under the Obama administration to support the business activities of his son, Hunter Biden, though no solid evidence has been produced by the GOP-led committee running the investigation.” [Newsweek, 12/14/23]

The Guardian: Biden Impeachment Inquiry Explained: What Is Happening And Could The President Be Convicted? “Congressional investigators have obtained nearly 40,000 pages of subpoenaed bank records and dozens of hours of testimony from key witnesses, but while investigations have raised ethical questions, no evidence has emerged that Biden acted corruptly or accepted bribes in his current or previous role.” [The Guardian, 12/13/23]

AmNew York: House Republicans Approve Biden Impeachment Inquiry, Despite Lack Of Criminal Evidence. No evidence? No problem!” [AmNew York, 12/13/23]

Washington Blade: Republicans Open Biden Impeachment Inquiry Without Evidence Of Wrongdoing. “House Republicans on Wednesday opened an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden, the next step of a formal investigation that, so far, has failed to yield evidence of any impeachable offense.” [Washington Blade, 12/13/23]

BBC: What We Know About The Biden Impeachment Inquiry. “Months of investigation have yet to uncover any concrete evidence of misconduct by Mr Biden, and the allegations have been panned by Democrats and even some Republicans.” [BBC, 12/13/23]