Watch Live: Top House Republicans outline basis for Biden impeachment inquiry in first hearing

The House Oversight committee, which is being chaired by House Republicans, is holding the first hearing of its impeachment investigation into Vice President Biden on Thursday. In a 30-page letter that CBS News was able to get, the Republican chairmen of the House Oversight, Judiciary, and Ways and Means Committees explained their perspective on the factual and legal justification for an impeachment investigation into President Biden.

In the document, it is said that the committees will investigate whether Mr. Biden “abused his federal office to enrich his family and conceal his and/or his family’s misconduct.”

The president’s son, Hunter Biden, and his international business transactions are at the focus of the alleged misbehavior.

The chairmen wrote: “The purpose of this inquiry, and at this stage, it is just that, an inquiry, is to ascertain whether there are sufficient grounds for the Committees to draft articles of impeachment against President Biden for consideration by the full House.”

According to the letter, the investigation into Joe Biden’s impeachment “will span the time of Joe Biden’s Vice Presidency to the present, including his time out of office.”

However, the White House is criticizing House Republicans for opening an impeachment investigation just hours before the government is scheduled to shut down if Congress does not provide money.

The White House stated that because to the extreme turmoil and incapacity of the House Republicans to govern, there are 61 hours and 55 minutes left before the government shuts down. The effects on the American people will be severe, including employment losses, troops working without pay, the jeopardization of crucial initiatives to combat fentanyl, give disaster relief, offer food assistance, and more. That cannot be distracted by anything.

House committees controlled by the GOP have been looking into the president and his son for months. There is currently no proof that the president breached the law, gained monetarily, or exploited his position to assist his son.

According to the Constitution, a president may be impeached for treason, bribery, or other serious offenses. The document states, “The Committees have not reached a conclusion on this question as of the decision to launch this inquiry.”

Rep. Jamie Raskin, the lead Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, stated, “It’s hard to grasp the complete derangement of this moment.” Republicans begin a bogus impeachment campaign against President Biden three days before they plan to shut down the US government.

Usually, the entire House votes to open an impeachment investigation, but this has not happened yet. It voted to open an investigation into President Trump’s impeachment in 2019, but not when he was first removed from office in 2021 following the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Three conservative legal scholars will testify during the House Oversight Committee hearing on Thursday. Bruce Dubinsky, a forensic accountant, Eileen O’Connor, a former assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice Tax Division, and Jonathan Turley, a professor at the George Washington University Law School, will be the witnesses at the hearing on Thursday. They will give generic testimony about business transactions, financial crimes, and impeachments.

A University of North Carolina law professor named Michael J. Gerhardt has been contacted by the minority.

Republicans in the House looked to be at odds on how to fund the government at the time of this hearing.

As pressure from the most conservative members of his caucus mounted, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy instructed House committees to begin an impeachment investigation on the president earlier this month.

The White House has claimed that the hearing on Thursday is an empty gimmick.

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