In a significant development on Capitol Hill, 21 January 2021, Congresswoman Greene of Georgia introduced House Resolution 57, seeking the impeachment of President Biden for alleged abuse of power, enabling bribery, and other high crimes and misdemeanors.
The resolution was promptly referred to the Committee on the Judiciary for further consideration.
- 21 January 2021: Introduced in the House
- 21 January 2021: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary
- 5 March 2021: Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.
- 31 October 2022 Rep. Miller, Mary E. [R-IL-15] co-sponsored the resolution.
- (Update) There was no further action
Impeachment of President Biden
The resolution, titled “Impeaching Joseph R. Biden, President of the United States, for abuse of power by enabling bribery and other high crimes and misdemeanors,” accuses President Biden of violating his constitutional oath and duty by abusing the powers of his office.
It specifically focuses on his role as Vice President in relation to his son, Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine and other foreign nations.
According to the resolution, Joseph Biden’s actions as Vice President and his subsequent role as President enabled his son to influence the domestic policy of a foreign nation and accept benefits, including financial compensation, from foreign nationals in exchange for certain favors.
The resolution alleges that the Biden family engaged in corruption, collusion, and illicit financial transactions with individuals and entities from Ukraine, Russia, China, and other countries.
The resolution highlights several instances and claims as evidence, including concerns raised by State Department officials regarding Hunter Biden’s position on the board of the Ukrainian energy firm Burisma.
Also referenced is alleged receipt of a diamond gift by Hunter Biden from a high-ranking Chinese official, his business associations with Chinese nationals linked to the Communist government, and payments made to nonresident women connected to an alleged “Eastern European prostitution or human trafficking ring.”
The resolution further claims that then-Vice President Biden threatened to withhold $1 billion in loan guarantees from Ukraine unless the country’s top anti-corruption prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, was fired. This was evidenced by a public video recording where Biden bragged about doing it and the prosecutor being fired.
It also points to Hunter Biden’s financial transactions during the period when his father was Vice President, suggesting counterintelligence and extortion concerns. The New York Times carried a story which it later changed surrepticiously.
The resolution argues that President Biden’s actions, through nepotism and by allowing his son’s influence, have endangered national security, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and undermined democratic institutions.
It asserts that his conduct is incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law, calling for his impeachment, removal from office, and disqualification from holding future positions of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.
Note that this House resolution was introduced by a member of Congress and referred to committee but does not necessarily indicate a consensus among lawmakers or guarantee further action. The Committee on the Judiciary will evaluate the resolution and determine its next steps, which may include hearings, further investigations, or potential votes.
As the HR.57 impeachment of President Biden story unfolds, it remains to be seen how Congress responds to the resolution and whether it will gain sufficient support for further consideration or proceedings.
Update November 2022: no further action.