This comes on the backs of recent reports that show President Biden cashed a $200,000 check from his brother, James Biden, which was issued the same day that Americore, a rural hospital operator no longer in business, wired a $200,000 loan into James and Sara Biden's account in exchange for helping the company secure connections in the Middle East.
Speaking to Fox News' Sean Hannity on Thursday, Speaker Johnson said: "The reason we shifted to the impeachment inquiry stage on the president himself was because if, in fact, all the evidence leads where we believe it will, that’s very likely impeachment."
Johnson explained that under the US Constitution bribery is listed as grounds for impeachment.
"Bribery's listed there, and it looks and smells a lot like that," Johnson said. "We're going to follow the truth wherever it leads. We're going to engage in due process because, again, we're the rule-of-law party."
"I know people are getting anxious and they’re getting restless, and they just want somebody to be impeached, but we don't do that like the other team," he told Hannity, referring to the Democrats' "sham" impeachment trials of former Republican President Donald Trump.
"We have to base it on the evidence," Johnson said.
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) released a bombshell report earlier this month which revealed that James Biden had procured loans from Americore "based upon representations that his last name, 'Biden,' could 'open doors' and that he could obtain a large investment from the Middle East based on his political connections."
"James Biden wrote this check to Joe Biden as a 'loan repayment.' Americore—a distressed company—loaned money to James Biden who then sent it to Joe Biden," Comer said.
"Even if this was a personal loan repayment, it's still troubling that Joe Biden's ability to be paid back by his brother depended on the success of his family's shady financial dealings."Comer demanded to know whether Biden has documents to prove that he had lent a large sum of money to his brother, whether he had similar arrangements with other family members, and if Biden knew that the same day he had received the check that his brother received the same amount from Americore.
"Records obtained by the Committee do show numerous large incoming transactions into the personal account of James and Sara Biden from various entities. Some of these transaction records may have obscured the identity of the true payer, but no records in the Committee's possession state that Joe Biden made a large loan payment to his brother," Comer explained.
Since the congressional probe into the Biden family's shady foreign business dealings began, President Biden has maintained that he has had no involvement in illegal foreign business matters. The Republican-controlled House is trying to disprove his claims with evidence gathered by committee members.
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