Congressman Introduces Bill to Impeach Joe Biden over Corruption, Obstruction, Fraud, and Drugs
A Republican member of Congress has introduced a bill to impeach President Joe Biden for breaking four criminal statutes, constituting high crimes and misdemeanors that abuse his office.
Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.) has filed four articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden for abuse of power, obstruction of justice, fraud, and financial involvement in drug trafficking and prostitution.
Biden sold access to political favors as vice president and in anticipation of becoming the 46th president of the United States through his brother, James Biden, as well as his son, Hunter, the first article states. The article comes as the House Oversight and Accountability Committee has found the Biden family received twice as much money from overseas sources than previously believed. The Bidens received at least $20 million from Ukraine, Russia, and Kazakhstan, in addition to Romania and two well-known deals with Chinese officials, one of which was hammered out during an official trip Biden made as vice president.
Despite telling the American people he had no contact with his son over the business deals, Biden family business associate Devon Archer testified that Biden regularly spoke to Hunter’s business associates by speaker phone to “sell the brand.” Hunter Biden also threatened to have his father take adverse actions against officials who did not promptly pay and, on at least one occasion, “Hunter implied that Joe Biden was aware of these threats and willing to assist in enforcing the threats, potentially through official actions,” said Steube. These actions violate 18 USC § 201, 1951, and 1346, he said.
The second article of impeachment cites “testimony from IRS whistleblowers, [which allege that] members of the Biden campaign improperly colluded with Justice Department (DOJ) officials to improperly interfere with investigations into tax crimes alleged to have been committed by Hunter Biden.” That would constitute Obstruction of Justice under 18 USC §§ 1505, 1510, 1512.
Steube also cites a lesser-known Biden scandal: James Biden stands accused of defrauding investors in Americore Health LLC, claiming his brother’s connections would cause money to flow into the venture from overseas. Ultimately, the business failed. During this time, Joe Biden “actively assisted his family in using his name” in their business ventures, which Steube states constitutes criminal fraud in violation of 18 USC §§ 1943, 1949.
Finally, “Joe Biden and Hunter Biden have a long history of comingled and intertwined finances. Between 2010 and 2019 thousands of dollars of Biden family money was spent on illegal drug transactions and prostitution,” and the funds may have traced themselves back to the president. These acts constitute violations of or conspiracy to violate federal drug laws at 21 USC §§ 841, 842, 843, 846 and federal prostitution laws at 18 USC §§ 2421, 2421A, 2422, Steube states.
With this action, Steube has become the third Republican to introduce legislation to impeach Biden. In January 2021, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Ga.) introduced a bill to impeach the president on the grounds that “corruption and collusion on behalf of the Biden family with foreign nationals is clear and compelling.” This June, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) filed two articles of impeachment against Biden, charging the president has “consistently violated [f]ederal immigration law by pursuing an aggressive, open-borders agenda” that endangers national security. “This dereliction of duty warrants impeachment,” Boebert told Hice last month.
Impeachment has drawn increasing support from all levels of the Republican Party. Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told Sean Hannity the president’s actions are “rising to the level of impeachment inquiry” on July 24. “If evidence continues to rise to the level of an impeachment inquiry, House Republicans will act,” McCarthy tweeted the next day.
House Republicans have also said Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas merits impeachment for implementing Biden’s lax immigration policies, releasing millions of illegal immigrants into the interior of the United States, and incentivizing narcotics cartels to increase drug and human trafficking inside the United States.
Any impeachment inquiry must receive two-thirds of the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate, a seemingly impossible threshold.
Yet the specter of investigating the president for criminal charges during an election year haunts even some Democrats. “I do not think the president is corrupt,” but members of Congress “are duty-bound to investigate, to ensure the facts come out,” Rep. Dean Philips (D-Minn.) told CNN’s Jake Tapper last Friday. “And the fact is we don’t know where this goes.”
The pressure has become so great that a member of Congress believes the Democratic Party will voluntarily jettison Biden as its nominee before the 2024 presidential race, and named the most likely candidates to replace him.
“I’ll make a prediction. You’re going to see the governor of California” Gavin Newsom or “the unappointed environmental czar” John Kerry “be the candidate for president of the Democrat Party,” Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.) told Hice on “Washington Watch” last Friday, August 11.
Democratic elected officials and party bureaucrats are “going to start jumping ship. They all smell a rat,” said Rep. Burchett. “It’s just a disgrace, really. This whole administration is falling by the wayside.”
Phillips, who has considered a primary challenge to Biden, agreed. “The only thing preventing three, four, five, six, eight” Democratic presidential candidates from throwing their hats into the ring in 2024 is the fact that Joe Biden is “pursuing a coronation,” and at the moment, he has the Democratic Party “establishment protecting those interests,” he said Friday.
Tapper specifically mentioned Newsom, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Colorado Governor Jared Polis, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, and Vice President Kamala Harris as potential Democratic primary challengers this election cycle, if the octogenarian Biden bows out of the race.
Biden already faces primary challenges from Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and New Age author Marianne Williamson.
To add to Biden’s woes, he may face a third party challenger in the form of the No Labels party, a project of Beltway Republicans and Democrats seeking to downplay the importance of social issues. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who again announced he is “seriously” considering changing his registration to independent last week, is the candidate most often associated with the effort. Manchin, a pro-life Democrat who supports coal mining and fracking to discover America’s abundant natural gas reserves, recently appeared at a forum with former Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman, teasing a possible 2024 ticket.
Ben Johnson is senior reporter and editor at The Washington Stand.