OCongressmen are busy trying to prove what they say are Joe Biden’s ties to his son Hunter’s foreign business dealings, although key witnesses have said they have yet to see hard evidence of impeachable crimes.
Republican House of Representatives member James Comer, chairman of the Oversight Committee, said in his opening speech that lawmakers have “a mountain of evidence” that will demonstrate that Biden’s eldest son “abused his public office [do atual Presidente] to obtain financial gains for your family.”
The hearing comes days before a potential government shutdown and as House Republicans face deep resistance in the Senate from Republicans who worry about the political ramifications of the impeachment process, claiming that the conviction and removal of Biden from office are almost impossible.
As the hearing began, Democrats displayed a dashboard showing the days, hours and minutes remaining until the government shutdown, as Congress searches for a compromise solution between the two parties to fund the operation of public services before Saturday’s deadline.
“We are 62 hours away from shutting down the Government of the United States of America and the Republicans are launching an impeachment campaign based on a long debunked and discredited lie,” said Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin, who questioned the legitimacy of the hearing. today, as the Chamber has not yet voted to formally begin the impeachment process.
Today’s hearing does not feature witnesses with information about the Biden family’s or Hunter Biden’s business work, but the panel heard testimony from outside experts in tax law, criminal investigations and constitutional legal theory.
Democrats – who criticize the investigation as a political maneuver designed to harm Biden and help Trump in his new bid for president – brought in Michael Gerhardt, a law professor who also appeared as an expert in previous impeachment proceedings and who argued that they should not there is a legal basis for this inquiry.
In preparation for the hearing, Republicans revealed a series of new documents and bank records detailing wire transfers from a Chinese businessman to Hunter Biden in 2019.
Hunter Biden put his father’s address on the wire transfer form, which Republicans say provided a clear link to the President.
Abbe Lowell, Hunter Biden’s attorney, said the address on the wire transfer, which he says was a loan, was addressed to the President’s home in Delaware only because it was the address on Hunter Biden’s driver’s license.
Republicans in Congress are also investigating Hunter Biden’s taxes and gun use since 2018.
Two U.S. tax whistleblowers came before Congress in April with allegations that Treasury Department officials thwarted their efforts to fully investigate Hunter Biden and that Justice Department agents who were seeking more data faced threats of retaliation. .
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