Republicans unveil witness lineup in first impeachment hearing

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced in early September, calling the move the "logical next step" after a string of Republican investigations had uncovered materials, including the FD-1023 form.

Published: September 25, 2023 8:13pm

The House Oversight Committee will hold its first impeachment hearing into President Joe Biden this week and interview three witnesses, who will provide their expertise in connection with allegations President Joe Biden, while vice president, received a bribe from a Ukrainian businessman to change U.S. policy.

Prompting the impeachment inquiry is an unclassified FD-1023 form that contains confidential human source information outlining an alleged bribery effort. The tip describes an arrangement in which Burisma CEO Mykola Zlochevsky allegedly hired Hunter Biden to secure access to his father, upon whom he leaned to secure the firing of then-Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, who was investigating the firm.

The hearing will feature three witnesses, including George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley, former Assistant Attorney General, United States Department of Justice Tax Division Eileen O'Connor, and forensic accountant Bruce Dubinsky, the committee announced Monday.

"Since January, House Committees on Oversight and Accountability, Judiciary, and Ways and Means have uncovered an overwhelming amount of evidence showing President Joe Biden abused his public office for his family’s financial gain," Oversight Chairman James Comer said. "Thousands of pages of financial records, emails, texts, testimony from credible IRS whistleblowers, and a transcribed interview with Biden family business associate Devon Archer all reveal that Joe Biden allowed his family to sell him as 'the brand' around the world to enrich the Biden family. Joe Biden showed up on at least two dozen occasions to send signals of access, influence, and power to those who were paying the Bidens."

"Based on the evidence, Congress has a duty to open an impeachment inquiry into President Biden’s corruption. Americans demand and deserve answers, transparency, and accountability for this abuse of public office," he continued. "This week, the House Oversight Committee will present evidence uncovered to date and hear from legal and financial experts about crimes the Bidens may have committed as they brought in millions at the expense of U.S. interests."

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced in early September, calling the move the "logical next step" after a string of Republican investigations had uncovered compromising materials, including the FD-1023 form.

"Through our investigations, we have found that President Biden did lie to the American people about his own knowledge of his family's foreign business dealings," he said. "Eyewitnesses have testified that the president joined on multiple phone calls and had multiple interactions, dinners resulted in cars and millions of dollars into his sons and his son's business partners."

Biden has publicly acknowledged that he threatened to withhold foreign aide to Ukraine if Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko did not fire Shokin, but has contended that he did so in alignment with established American foreign policy. Memos obtained by Just the News, however, have shown that key officials tasked with assessing Ukraine's anti-corruption efforts had endorsed Shokin's successes and recommended that Ukraine receive the financial support.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on X, formerly Twitter.

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