(DCWatchdog.com) – In a powerful opening statement for the first impeachment inquiry hearing into Joe Biden, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer blasted the president for “abusing” his public office and “lying” when claiming he had no role in his son Hunter’s foreign business dealings.
(You can watch a video of the statement at the conclusion of this post.)
The hearing held by three GOP-led House Committees on Thursday featured four witnesses, one Democrat and three Republicans.
As he opened the session, Comer (R-KY) declared that the president “left the door wide open” to the Biden brand for foreign nations, including America’s top adversaries, as cited by Newsmax.
“For years, President Biden has lied to the American people about his knowledge of and participation in his family’s corrupt business schemes. At least ten times, Joe Biden lied to the American people that he never spoke to his family about their business dealings,” the Kentucky Republican stated.
“He lied by telling the American people that there was an ‘absolute wall’ between his official government duties and his personal life. Let’s be clear: There was no wall. The door was wide open to those who purchased what a business associate described as ‘The Biden Brand,’” Comer elaborated.
He insisted House Republicans had uncovered “a mountain of evidence” proving the president “abused his public office for his family’s financial gain.”
“Joe Biden also lied to the American people about his family making money in China. He has continued to lie about it even when the House Oversight Committee uncovered bank wires revealing how the Bidens received millions from Chinese companies with significant ties to the Chinese intelligence and the Chinese Communist Party,” the GOP lawmaker said.
The White House reacted to the impeachment inquiry hearing by slamming Republican lawmakers for not focusing on the upcoming government shutdown as Congress has failed to adopt 2024 appropriation bills.
“There are 61 hours and 55 minutes until the government shuts down because of extreme House Republicans’ chaos and inability to govern. The consequences for the American people will be very damaging,” the Biden White House declared.
Another high-ranking Republican, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, offered a shorter description of the allegations against the president.
“This is a tale as old as time: Politician takes action that makes money for his family and then he tries to conceal it,” Jordan said in his opening statement at the hearing.
🚨An impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden is clearly warranted and Americans demand and deserve answers, transparency, and accountability for this blatant corruption that has jeopardized Americans’ national security.
Watch my opening statement👇 https://t.co/FrnTur3CIU
— Rep. James Comer (@RepJamesComer) September 28, 2023