GOP presidential candidates spar over calls to impeach Biden for alleged meddling in Hunter investigation
Presidential candidate Nikki Haley faced criticism from a fellow GOP presidential candidate after calling for the impeachment of President Biden over whistleblower claims there was intentional federal interference in the probe targeting his son Hunter.
‘Somebody needs to do it,’ Haley told Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld when asked about Congress potentially seeking to impeach Biden over the allegations as he ramps up his campaign for re-election next cycle. ‘If the Justice Department’s not going to do it, Congress should do it. But somebody needs to do it. It smells bad all day long.
‘You’re not talking about just some guy that showed up and decided to say something,’ Haley added, suggesting the whistleblower was a credible source.
While the presidential candidate believes immediate action should be taken against Biden, GOP candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, also in the running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, said ‘impeachment should not be used as a political weapon.’
IRS Special Agent Gary Shapley Jr., supervisor of the Hunter Biden investigation at the IRS, revealed that during the investigation into the president’s son, ‘we weren’t allowed to ask about ‘the big guy,” referring to a prohibition on asking witnesses questions.
Numerous reports suggest Hunter Biden referred to his father as ‘the big guy’ in communications.
Shapley also conveyed the information in testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee, where he noted Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors purposely chose not to obtain search warrants related to Hunter Biden.
‘While the whistleblower allegations are serious and must be investigated, impeachment should not be an option until the investigation shows corrupt action by the president,’ Hutchinson said in a press release Friday reacting to Haley’s statement.
The Republican argued a ‘thorough investigation’ should be conducted before there are calls for impeachment.
‘Impeachment should not be used as a political weapon but reserved for serious wrongdoing,’ Hutchinson said. ‘The facts should determine what action, if any, Congress should take, and impeachment should not precede a thorough investigation.’
A spokesman for Haley’s campaign reiterated the former U.N. ambassador’s position.
‘Nikki believes Congress needs to get to the bottom of whether Joe Biden committed crimes or other impeachable offenses since the Justice Department refuses to do it. That process starts with a congressional oversight investigation,’ said Haley spokesman Ken Farnaso.
Wyn Hornbuckle, deputy director of the Justice Department Office of Public Affairs, immediately denied Shapley’s shocking claims regarding the investigation.
‘As both the attorney general and U.S. Attorney David Weiss have said, U.S. Attorney Weiss has full authority over this matter, including responsibility for deciding where, when and whether to file charges as he deems appropriate,’ Hornbuckle said in a statement. ‘He needs no further approval to do so.’
The whistleblower came out after Hunter Biden agreed to plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts of willful failure to pay federal income tax and a separate charge for possessing a firearm while acting as an unlawful user and addict of a controlled substance.
Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.