House Impeachment Inquiry Examines President Biden’s Role in Alleged Obstruction

The House impeachment inquiry is broadening its investigation into President Joe Biden, focusing on whether he engaged in “a conspiracy to obstruct” congressional proceedings. In a letter to White House Counsel Edward Siskel, House Oversight and Accountability Chair James Comer and House Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan seek documents on Biden’s coordination with his son, Hunter Biden, who defied congressional subpoenas.

The letter questions whether President Biden sought to influence or obstruct the committees’ proceedings by preventing Hunter from complying with the subpoenas. The inquiry gained momentum following a White House statement confirming Biden’s advance knowledge of his son’s decision to defy the subpoenas.

Hunter Biden’s defiance, including a news conference on Capitol grounds, prompted the committees to investigate whether President Biden played a role in obstructing Congress. The letter requests all documents and communications related to Biden’s knowledge of Hunter’s compliance and his planned news conference.

The letter cites legal implications, suggesting that any effort to influence, obstruct, or impede the congressional inquiry could constitute an impeachable offense. The inquiry explores potential benefits to President Biden from Hunter’s foreign business dealings.

The Jan. 10 deadline has been set for the White House counsel to provide the requested documents. While the Justice Department might not act on any House-voted recommendation on obstruction, the impeachment inquiry holds the power to take steps towards removing the president, with a Democrat-held Senate having the final say.

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