Democrat President Joe Biden’s first impeachment inquiry hearing will be held in the U.S. House next Thursday, according to reports.
House Republicans have now scheduled their first impeachment inquiry hearing to investigate allegations of corruption and abuse of power against Biden.
According to Fox News, the House Oversight Committee, led by Chairman James Comer (R-KY), plans to subpoena bank records of Joe Biden’s brother James and his son Hunter this week.
Committee investigators hope these records will provide insight into President Biden’s involvement in his family’s foreign influence-peddling business.
The move is expected to fuel the next steps in the investigations.
Next week’s hearing will be the first hearing since House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) formalized an impeachment inquiry last week.
McCarthy directed Comer, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH), and Ways & Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (R-MO) to lead the investigation.
During the hearings, investigators will lay out the evidence uncovered so far for review.
They will also explain the status of the inquiry and indicate how they expect to move forward with the case.
The Oversight Committee’s plans to subpoena the bank records of Hunter and James Biden this week may add critical new evidence to support the allegations.
As to the timing of the overall inquiry, leaders would like to conclude this before the primary season, according to Fox.
Biden faces accusations that he was involved in foreign business deals set up by his son, Hunter Biden.
Hunter allegedly promised his father would use his public office to grant favors in exchange for payments
However, many have previously alleged that the family business was run by Joe Biden and not his son.
Last week, Comer and the other Republican investigators briefed McCarthy on House GOP’s findings since July related to the president’s alleged involvement in his family’s business dealings.
Comer reportedly will seek additional transcribed interviews with Hunter’s business associates, including Eric Schwerin and Rob Walker.
Since July, the committee took a transcribed interview from Hunter Biden’s business associate Devon Archer.
Archer claims then-Vice President Joe Biden was “the brand” that Hunter sold around the world to foreign business partners.
Archer also testified that Biden joined conference calls with Hunter’s business partners and attended business dinners with his son’s foreign associates in Washington D.C.
Also this summer, Comer released the third bank records memo, revealing that the Biden family and their business associates received millions of dollars from oligarchs in Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan during the Obama administration.
Those records revealed the family received more than $20 million from these business arrangements during that time period.
Comer has also sought information from the National Archives related to the Biden family’s alleged misuse of Air Force Two, and all unredacted documents in which Biden used a pseudonym—Robin Ware—to communicate with his son Hunter Biden.
More broadly, Comer, Jordan, and Smith have interviewed whistleblowers who allege politics influenced all prosecutorial decisions throughout the Justice Department’s years-long federal investigation into Hunter Biden.
Those allegations led to Attorney General Merrick Garland granting U.S. Attorney from Delaware David Weiss—who has been leading the probe—special counsel authority.
The White House has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and maintains that Biden was “never in business with his son.”