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Joe Biden, President of the United States, at the White House December 13, 2023

Agence France-Presse

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The US Congress on Wednesday approved the formal opening of an impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden, motivated by his son's controversial overseas affairs and called a “baseless political stunt” by the president .

This procedure has almost no chance of succeeding but could turn into a headache for the White House before the presidential election in November 2024, for which Joe Biden is a candidate.

Conservatives, in the majority in the House of Representatives since January, accuse the Democratic leader of having used his influence when he was vice-president of Barack Obama (2009-2017) to allow his son to do questionable business in China and Ukraine.

Joe Biden repeatedly lied to the American people, accused the head of the House investigation committee, James Comer, from the hemicycle.

The president, the Democrats and his son deny these accusations en bloc.

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Republicans are choosing to waste their time with a baseless political scheme, Joe Biden accused after the vote. Instead of working to make Americans' lives better, their priority is to attack me with lies, he said in a statement.

My father was never financially involved in my affairs, Hunter Biden, who had become a prime target of the right, had already said during a rare press conference on Wednesday morning.

Present before the American Congress, the fifty-year-old, with a past marked by addictions and indicted in two cases by the courts, admitted to having made mistakes in his life.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">However, he accused Trumpists of trying to dehumanize him to harm his father. For this reason, he refused to participate in a closed-door hearing organized by the Republicans, who had summoned him to appear at the Capitol.

The 81-year-old president has always publicly supported Hunter Biden, often saying he is proud of him.

An impeachment investigation, long demanded by elected officials close to Donald Trump, against whom Joe Biden could face in 2024, had already been opened against the Democratic president last summer.

A first parliamentary hearing was even organized on the subject at the end of September, during which the experts interviewed agreed that there was currently nothing to justify an indictment of President Biden.

There is no evidence that President Biden committed any wrongdoing, House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries said Wednesday.

The Republicans, however, believe that the formal opening of the investigation, adopted by their votes alone, will offer them additional powers and, therefore, new possibilities to incriminate the Democratic leader.

The time has come to provide answers to the American people, said the Speaker of the House, Republican Mike Johnson, on Wednesday after the vote, ensuring that he would not take this investigation lightly.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">The U.S. Constitution provides that Congress can impeach the president for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.

The procedure takes place in two stages.

After carrying out its investigation, the House of Representatives votes, by a simple majority, on articles of impeachment detailing the facts alleged against the president: this is what is called impeachment in English.

If the impeachment were to be voted on, the Senate, the upper house of Congress, would then put the president on trial. However, he would very likely be acquitted, Joe Biden's party being in the majority in this House.

Never has a president been impeached in the x27;American history. Three were impeached: Andrew Johnson in 1868, Bill Clinton in 1998, and Donald Trump in 2019 and 2021. However, all were ultimately acquitted.

Richard Nixon preferred to resign in 1974 to avoid certain impeachment by Congress due to the Watergate scandal.

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