White House condemns impeachment inquiry, calls it 'extreme'

 September 13, 2023

The White House spoke out against Republican plans for an impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden, referring to the effort as "extreme."

White House spokesman Ian Sams addressed the controversy in a post on X Tuesday.

The statement

“House Republicans have been investigating the President for 9 months, and they’ve turned up no evidence of wrongdoing,” White House spokesman Ian Sams posted on X. “His own GOP members have said so.”

"Sams claimed the inquiry is 'extreme politics at its worst,' and suggested McCarthy should hold a House vote to launch the inquiry, even though former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) did not do so during her impeachment proceedings of former President Donald Trump," Breitbart News reported.

The background

“Today, Kevin McCarthy unilaterally decreed an impeachment inquiry and said there’d be no vote,” Sams said in a post. “In 2019, he said the House must ‘intend to hold a vote of the full House authorizing an impeachment inquiry,’ or it ‘would create a process completely devoid of any merit or legitimacy,’” the Hill reported.

"McCarthy’s formal endorsement of impeachment comes after weeks of him saying that he thought the House probes would eventually develop into an impeachment inquiry," it added.

The announcement

“These are allegations of abuse of power, obstruction and corruption, and they warrant further investigation by the House of Representatives,” McCarthy, R-Calif., said outside the speaker’s office at the Capitol. “That’s why today I am directing our House committee to open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden.”

"The announcement comes as the Republican leader faces mounting pressure from his right flank to take action against Biden while he also is struggling to pass legislation needed to avoid a federal government shutdown at the end of the month," according to PBS.

Biden's impeachment is likely to focus on the scandal allegations with his son Hunter Biden that occurred during his years as vice president.

Biden allegedly used his influence in international business deals involving millions of dollars, including deals with both China and Ukraine.

The concerns are expected to continue for some time, but the White House is clear that it will portray the impeachment inquiry as an extremist effort.

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