The House Oversight Committee will hold its first hearing on Thursday regarding the impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden.
“The hearing will focus on constitutional and legal questions surrounding the president’s involvement in corruption and abuse of public office,” a spokesman for the committee stated, according to NPR.
The hearing will discuss the investigation into Biden’s time as vice president and his alleged misuse of his position in helping his youngest son Hunter Biden with foreign business deals. Additionally, committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., plans to subpoena personal bank records of the president, his youngest son, as well as his brother James Biden.
“The committee also intends to subpoena Hunter and James Biden’s personal and business bank records as early as this week. The Oversight Committee will continue to follow the evidence and money trail to provide the transparency and accountability that Americans demand from their government,” the committee stated.
In response, a White House spokesman has dismissed the hearing as a “political stunt” by “extreme House Republicans” who are trying “to distract from their own chaotic inability to govern and the impacts of it on the country.”
“…To them, baseless personal attacks on President Biden are more important than preventing a government shutdown and the pain it would inflict on American families,” White House spokesman Ian Sams told NPR.
While many Republicans, as well as House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., have been vocally supportive of the investigation, it is unclear if the articles of impeachment will be able to clear enough votes to pass the two-step process.
In order for the impeachment to move forward to the Senate, the House will need a majority of the vote. However, with only 221 Republicans, 212 Democrats, and 2 vacancies, Republicans only hold a slim majority in the House.