US President Joe Biden made it clear on Wednesday that he is not concerned about the impeachment inquiry announced by Republican lawmakers. Speaking at a private campaign fundraiser, Biden expressed his determination to focus on his responsibilities and the issues that impact the American people.
Addressing the Republican effort to impeach him, Biden stated, “I don’t know quite why, but they just knew they wanted to impeach me.” He further emphasized that he wakes up every day with a single-minded focus on his job, stating, “I’ve got to deal with the issues that affect the American people every single solitary day.”
The 80-year-old Democrat’s comments came in response to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s authorization of the impeachment inquiry, following pressure from the hard-right faction of the Republican party. However, Biden dismissed the allegations of wrongdoing as baseless.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre echoed Biden’s sentiments, stating, “They have spent all year investigating the president… and have turned up with no evidence, none, that he did anything wrong.” Jean-Pierre emphasized that the lack of support for a vote in the House to approve an impeachment probe indicates that even House Republicans acknowledge the absence of evidence.
The Republican House members accuse Biden of lying to the American people regarding his son Hunter’s business dealings abroad. However, Jean-Pierre labeled the impeachment inquiry as a political stunt and highlighted that the evidence supporting the allegations does not exist.
Despite facing low poll ratings, Biden remained focused on his domestic agenda and ignored impeachment questions from reporters. He led a meeting of his “Cancer Cabinet,” which aims to eradicate the disease. Cancer holds personal significance for Biden, as his eldest son Beau succumbed to brain cancer in 2015. Both Biden and First Lady Jill Biden have faced their own battles with cancer.
Biden’s unwavering support for his son Hunter, who is currently under investigation for possible tax evasion and a firearms violation, has been a subject of Republican criticism. However, no credible evidence has emerged linking the president to any illegal activities related to his son’s foreign business dealings.
The impeachment inquiry, although lacking evidence, poses a potential distraction for the White House and provides Republicans with fresh material for attacks leading up to the November 2024 election. A recent national poll by Quinnipiac University showed a narrow one-percent lead for Biden over former President Donald Trump in a hypothetical match-up.
While half of the voters surveyed believed that Joe Biden was involved in Hunter’s business dealings with China and Ukraine, only 35% thought the president had done something illegal.