Democrats decry House impeachment hearing of Biden: ‘Waste of time’
Democrats vehemently decried the first House Oversight Committee’s impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden on Thursday as a ‘waste of time’ and ‘illegitimate’ as Congress simultaneously raced against the clock to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) deal and prevent a looming government shutdown before Saturday’s deadline.
‘Republican extremism is rearing its ugly head,’ House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., told reporters Thursday morning. ‘They are wasting time and taxpayer dollars on an illegitimate Impeachment Inquiry when we’re about 48 hours away or so from an extreme MAGA, Republican government shutdown — and this is what they’re focused on, an illegitimate impeachment inquiry as opposed to doing the business of the American people.’
Other Democrats followed suit on X, formerly known as Twitter, and joined in on the criticisms of the hearing.
‘The government shuts down in TWO DAYS, and House Republicans are… wasting time today holding a sham impeachment hearing??? Stop playing political games. Do your jobs. Fund the government,’ Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., posted to X. The congresswoman previously voted to impeach former President Donald Trump in 2021.
California Democrat Robert Garcia said on X: ‘We are going to hit back on every lie and conspiracy theory.
‘We are ready to push back on a sham impeachment inquiry,’ Garcia posted Wednesday evening.
Greg Casar, a Democrat running for Congress with the backing of the progressive PAC Justice Democrats, called the impeachment hearing ‘baseless.’
‘My job is to defend the truth, while extremist Republicans try to defend Trump through their fact-free inquiry against President Biden,’ Cesar posted to X.
Sen. John Fetterman, D-Penn., posted a snarky photo with a thumbs up and holding a box of Bud Light with a sign saying: ‘TO: REP. COMER & HIS SQUAD A PROFILE IN COURAGE CAN MAKE A GUY THIRSTY. CONGRATULATIONS, THIS BUD’S FOR YOU.
HUGS & KISSES: JOHN FETTERMAN.’
New Mexico Democrat Rep. Melanie Stansbury said in a video posted to X that the hearing was essentially ‘continued peddling of conspiracy theories’ and shifted the blame to the ‘continued efforts of Donald Trump to undermine our institutions and our democracy.’
‘And then to distract from his own 91 counts of criminal indictment and his own twice impeachment, which is, of course never happened of any president ever before, because of his attempts to overthrow a fair and free election and his attempts, and his attempts to bribe a foreign official, which is part of the matter at hand,’ she said.
House Republicans on Thursday morning presented evidence uncovered to date as part of their investigation into the Biden family’s business dealings while examining ‘the value’ of an impeachment inquiry.
‘The House Oversight and Accountability Committee has uncovered a mountain of evidence revealing how Joe Biden abused his public office for his family’s financial gain,’ Comer said in his opening statement. ‘For years, President Biden has lied to the American people about his knowledge of and participation in his family’s corrupt business schemes.’
‘Evidence reveals that then-Vice President Joe Biden spoke, dined, and developed relationships with his family’s foreign business targets. These business targets include foreign oligarchs who sent millions of dollars to his family,’ Comer said. ‘It also includes a Chinese national who wired a quarter of a million dollars to his son.’
Comer was referring to subpoenaed Hunter Biden financial records, which revealed he received two wires originating from Beijing and linked to BHR Partners in 2019.
Fox News Digital first reported that Hunter Biden received the wire payments, which originated in Beijing, for more than $250,000 from Chinese business partners during the summer of 2019 — wires that listed the Delaware home of Joe Biden as the beneficiary address for the funds.
The White House did not respond to Fox News’ Digital request for comment.
‘Today the House Oversight Committee has uncovered how the Biden’s and their associates created over 20 shell companies, most of which were created when Joe Biden was vice president and raked in over $20 million between 2014 and 2019,’ Comer said. ‘We’ve also identified nine Biden family members who have participated in or benefited from these shady business schemes.’
‘And what were the Biden’s selling to make all this money? Joe Biden himself,’ Comer continued. ‘Joe Biden is the brand, and Joe Biden showed up at least two dozen times with business targets and associates sending signals of access, influence and power to those prepared to pay for it.’
Committee Democrats repeatedly accused Republicans of taking cues from Trump in launching the inquiry and used the opportunity to highlight the former president’s myriad legal issues.
‘President Trump has gone on his social media account and said we should be impeaching President Biden,’ Ranking member Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., said in his opening statement. ‘Kevin McCarthy said we have an impeachment inquiry. You draw the conclusion. Directly or indirectly, this impeachment inquiry was a result of President Trump’s pressure.’
Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Jessica Chasmar contributed to this report.