Former Vice President Mike Pence has voiced his support for the idea of launching an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden’s foreign business dealings. Pence’s endorsement of this inquiry, which could be initiated by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy upon the return of the House of Representatives from recess, comes amidst growing concerns surrounding ethical considerations and potential conflicts of interest related to President Biden’s past overseas business activities.
Speaking on the matter, Pence commended the efforts of House Republicans who are diligently investigating President Biden and his son Hunter Biden’s foreign business engagements, particularly during Joe Biden’s tenure as vice president. He lauded this investigative endeavor as a “benefit to the nation” and emphasized the importance of House Republicans “following the facts” regarding foreign business dealings.
The potential impeachment inquiry would primarily focus on President Biden’s foreign business connections and the extent to which they may have influenced his actions and decisions.
“I think, particularly at a time when so many Americans have lost confidence in equal treatment under the law, so many Americans, understandably, are concerned about a dual standard of justice in this country,” Pence stated in an interview with Fox News. “Now, more than ever, we need House Republicans to follow the facts, bring the facts to the American people, and if an impeachment inquiry facilitates that, I would hardly support it.”
Focus of the Investigation:
The investigation into the business dealings of the Biden family is spearheaded by House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY). It encompasses inquiries into whether Joe Biden received any benefits from his son Hunter Biden’s position on the board of the Ukrainian firm Burisma during his tenure as vice president.
Pence emphasized the multitude of questions surrounding Joe Biden’s involvement with and connections to his son’s business activities during his vice presidency. He highlighted his own different experience as vice president, stating, “I can’t relate. When I was vice president, my son wasn’t sitting on the board of foreign corporations; he was sitting in the cockpit of the F-35 and flying for the Marine Corps.”
While McCarthy has hinted at the possibility of an impeachment inquiry, some conservative members in the House of Representatives are advocating for a vote on the president’s impeachment without initiating a formal inquiry process.
Pence emphasized that these potential impeachment proceedings differ from the previous instances when former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) initiated impeachment proceedings against former President Donald Trump in 2019 and 2021. In both cases, Trump was impeached but subsequently acquitted by the Senate.
The issue of a potential impeachment inquiry into President Biden’s foreign business dealings is poised to remain a focal point of discussion as the political landscape continues to evolve.