WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans plan to hold their first hearing next week in their impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden over his family’s business dealings.
According to a spokesperson for the House Oversight Committee, the hearing – scheduled for September 28 – is expected to focus on “constitutional and legal questions” surrounding allegations of Biden’s involvement in his son Hunter’s overseas businesses.
Republicans — led by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy — have argued in recent weeks that Biden’s actions during his time as vice president demonstrate a “culture of corruption.”
The committee also plans to serve subpoenas “as soon as this week” for the personal and business banking records of Hunter Biden and the president’s brother, James Biden.
The White House has called the efforts of Republicans in the House of Representatives “extreme politics at its worst” in the middle of the presidential campaign.
“Republicans in the House of Representatives have been investigating the president for nine months, and they have found no evidence of wrongdoing,” White House spokesman Ian Sams said in a recent statement.
McCarthy announced the impeachment inquiry last week after facing mounting pressure from his right flank to take action against Biden or risk being removed from his leadership position. This comes as he also struggles to pass legislation needed to avoid a federal government shutdown at the end of the month.
The California lawmaker launched the investigation without a vote in the House of Representatives, and it is unclear whether he would even get enough support to approve it from his slim Republican majority. Some lawmakers have criticized the evidence as falling short of the Constitution’s standards for “high crimes and misdemeanors.”