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Chairman Smith Floor Remarks – House Debate on Impeachment Inquiry

December 13, 2023 — Blog    — Oversight    — Press Releases   

“Today’s vote reasserts Congress’s authority to conduct an impeachment inquiry and gather all the evidence to proceed with our investigation. The American people deserve answers.”

As prepared for delivery.

“Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

“President Biden has hidden from the American people his knowledge of, and role in, his family’s overseas business dealings. Even in the face of overwhelming evidence showing his knowledge and involvement, President Biden still refuses to come clean.

“So far, two key DOJ witnesses have failed to show for congressionally subpoenaed depositions after DOJ directed them not to appear. Other witnesses have refused to answer certain questions from investigators. And the Biden Administration has refused to turn over many of the documents requested by Congress, claiming this inquiry was not properly authorized.

“Let there be no mistake: today’s vote reasserts Congress’s authority to conduct an impeachment inquiry and gather all the evidence to proceed with our investigation. The American people deserve answers.

“Here’s what we know so far:

“The existence of multiple e-mail aliases suggests that Joe Biden was deliberately trying to conceal his activities from the public, including one-on-one communications with a key Hunter Biden business partner during his Vice Presidency.

“We also learned that investigators were blocked from looking into potential campaign finance crimes by the Biden campaign.

“Hunter Biden had only known Kevin Morris, a Democrat donor, for two months before Morris started settling his tax debts to the tune of about $2 million – and spent about $3 million more to cover Hunter’s lifestyle.

“In the midst of the 2020 campaign, just weeks before the Super Tuesday primary elections that would decide the future of Joe Biden’s candidacy, Morris e-mailed Hunter Biden’s business associates that there was quote “considerable risk personally and politically” to not filing his late taxes – but the only person who faced political risk was Joe Biden, whose campaign the whistleblowers had reason to believe Morris was speaking to.

“As members of Congress, we have to abide by campaign finance limits, and so must the President.

“Morris’s millions in payments to cover Hunter Biden’s taxes and other financial obligations appeared to the whistleblowers to be an illegal donation to the Biden campaign. Unfortunately, they were blocked from investigating further.

“Time and again, when investigators found a lead that pointed to Joe Biden, DOJ stepped in and prevented them from pursuing it.

“Thanks to the evidence released by the whistleblowers, the DOJ indicted Hunter Biden on nine tax charges, including three felonies. Everything the whistleblowers told us about the Hunter Biden tax case has been proven right. I’m convinced they are also right about the links to Joe Biden they were prevented from following.

“Congress owes it to the American people, to follow the facts wherever they lead, and pass this resolution.”