February 20, 2024

Latest Republican impeachment witnesses fail to link Biden to family’s businesses

A collection of witnesses within the House Republican impeachment probe into President Joe Biden informed investigators they had been unaware of any proof of wrongdoing on the a part of the president and mentioned they didn’t know of any proof that Mr Biden had any involvement in his family’s abroad or home enterprise ventures, in accordance to a Democratic employees memorandum obtained by The Independent.

The memorandum, which was ready by employees on the House Oversight and Judiciary committees, mentioned the collection of seven witness interviews performed over the past two months turned up nothing in the best way of derogatory proof within the long-running probe, which Republicans opened shortly after taking management of the House final 12 months.

Although distinguished members of the GOP corresponding to Oversight Committee chairman James Comer have intimated that their investigation has uncovered proof of criminality by Mr Biden and members of his household, the memorandum flatly states that every of the seven witnesses mentioned “they were not aware of any evidence of any wrongdoing by President Biden or of President Biden being involved in, profiting from, or taking official actions in relation to family members’ business ventures”.

“Further, not one of these witnesses indicated they ever had any expectation of receiving or ever did receive any political favors from President Biden or his Administration,” it continued.

“Far from yielding any evidence of misconduct by President Biden, these efforts have served only to add to the mountain of evidence rebutting the Chairmen’s false claims about the President and proving that their so-called ‘impeachment inquiry’ rests on nothing but distorted and cherry-picked facts and long debunked conspiracy theories.”

Excerpts from transcripts of a few of the interviews bolster the Democrats’ assertion that Mr Comer and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan have turned up nothing towards Mr Biden so far.

One witness, Carol Fox, was questioned about her work overseeing the liquidation of Americore Holdings, an organization for which Mr Biden’s brother, James Biden, labored as a marketing consultant in 2018 and 2019. James Biden’s work has figured prominently within the probe as a result of he used a few of the funds he was paid by the corporate to repay a mortgage his brother had made to him some months earlier than.

Ms Fox informed investigators that she had no proof that President Biden had something to do with the corporate or mentioned it together with his brother.

Asked if it might be “fair to say” that she had “no firsthand knowledge at all concerning President Biden,” Ms Fox replied: “That would be correct.”

Another pal and enterprise affiliate of James Biden, Joseph Langston, informed the committee that so far as he knew, President Biden “had no involvement whatsoever in his business ventures with James” and “received no money from any of those ventures”.

He additional defined that the “mere notion” of involving President Biden in any enterprise enterprise was “categorically unacceptable” to James Biden and his spouse, Sara Biden.

While Mr Langston has loaned James and Sara Biden cash previously — loans which Republicans have sought to painting as makes an attempt to curry favour with President Biden — he informed the panel that his resolution to mortgage cash to the couple was made “out of friendship to James Biden” solely.

“None of the Bidens ever suggested to me that, hey, you can take this relationship – or we’ll participate with you in taking this relationship and using it as leverage in any matter of business, money, politics, nothing, that I knew of,” he mentioned.

He additionally strenuously denied that President Biden ever acquired any monetary profit from enterprise ventures which Mr Langston had entered into with James Biden, telling the panel that he would by no means have prompt any such association as a result of it might have been “shot down immediately”.

The failure of any of the panel’s witnesses to link President Biden to something unlawful or unethical seems to be a serious blow to efforts by Mr Comer and Mr Jordan to injury the president politically forward of the 2024 common election.

The impeachment probe into Mr Biden additionally has the support of his seemingly opponent, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump, who has known as for Mr Biden’s impeachment as a matter of revenge.