The House Oversight Committee will hold its first hearing on the impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden on September 28, a committee spokesperson told NBC News.
“The hearing will focus on the constitutional and legal issues surrounding the president’s involvement in corruption and abuse of public office,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson added that the committee intends to subpoena the president’s son, Hunter Biden, and James Biden, the president’s brother, for their personal and business banking records as early as this week.
“The Oversight Committee will continue to follow evidence and financial trails to ensure the transparency and accountability that Americans demand from their government,” the spokesperson said.
Oversight Committee Chairman Jim Comer, R-Ky., and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, briefed a group of Senate Republicans last week on the president’s impeachment inquiry.
Comer and Jordan, who are leading the investigation alongside House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith, R-Mo., briefed the group last week during a weekly lunch with the Senate Steering Committee – a group that includes the most conservative members of the upper house. , like Senators Rick Scott of Florida and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. Committee Chairman Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, invited Comer and Jordan to lunch.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., announced last week that he was ordering three House committees to open the impeachment inquiry to seek bank records and other documents of the president and Hunter Biden.
McCarthy said an impeachment inquiry is a “logical next step” in GOP-led investigations that have been going on for months.
McCarthy said House Republicans “uncovered serious and credible allegations about President Biden’s conduct” related to “abuse of power, obstruction and corruption” that “warrant further investigation by the House representatives “.
GOP investigations into Biden and his family, however, have not produced evidence that the president was involved in his son’s business dealings or the government’s investigation of Hunter Biden.
McCarthy’s decision marked a major turnaround after he previously said he would not open an impeachment inquiry without a vote of the full House.
In his first remarks on the GOP-led impeachment inquiry, Biden suggested it was linked to a simmering battle in Congress over government funding.
“I don’t really know why, but they just knew they wanted to remove me. And now, from what I can tell, they want to impeach me because they want to shut down the government,” Biden said at a campaign reception in McLean, Virginia, last week.