- by cnn
- 29 Nov 2023
House Republicans kicked off their first impeachment inquiry hearing Thursday laying out the allegations they will pursue against President Joe Biden, though their expert witnesses acknowledged Republicans don't yet have the evidence to prove the accusation they're leveling.
Thursday's hearing in the House Oversight Committee didn't include witnesses who could speak directly to Hunter Biden's foreign business dealing at the center of the inquiry, but the hearing offered Republicans the chance to show some of the evidence they've uncovered to date.
None of that evidence has shown Joe Biden received any financial benefit from his son's business dealings, but Republicans said at Thursday's hearing what they've found so far has given them the justification to launch their impeachment inquiry.
Democrats responded by accusing Republicans of doing Donald Trump's bidding and raising his and his family's various foreign dealings themselves, as well as Trump's attempts to get Ukraine to investigate in 2019 the same allegations now being raised in the impeachment inquiry.
Here's takeaways from Thursday's first impeachment inquiry hearing:
While Republicans leveled accusations of corruption against Joe Biden over his son's business dealings, the GOP expert witnesses who testified Thursday were not ready to go that far.
Forensic accountant Bruce Dubinsky, one of the GOP witnesses, undercut Republicans' main narrative by saying there wasn't enough evidence yet for him to conclude that there was "corruption" by the Bidens.
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