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Biden laughs at suggestion he might be forced to turn over his bank records in impeachment probe, then dodges question

 September 2, 2023

President Joe Biden dismissed a question on the possibility of sharing his bank records amidst a probe into his son's business dealings and a reportedly imminent impeachment inquiry, during a visit to the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) this week.

During a recent surprise visit to FEMA's Washington, D.C. headquarters, Biden laughed off the aforementioned inquiry about providing financial records to congressional Republicans. This comes amidst a probe into his son Hunter's business dealings and threats from the GOP of an impeachment inquiry. The visit was part of the agency's response to Hurricane Idalia and the aftermath of the deadly wildfires in Maui, Hawaii, the Daily Mail reported.

President's response to questions

While at the FEMA headquarters, the president answered several questions from reporters after bringing pizzas and addressing the agency's workforce.

He answered questions related to overdose awareness day, a potential government shutdown, and whether he had spoken to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who suffered a health scare earlier in the week.

When asked if he would hand over his bank records to the House GOP, Biden laughed and redirected the conversation, saying:

Let's talk about why I'm here.

After that he answered another question on whether he wanted Chinese President Xi Jinping to attend the upcoming G20 summit in India.

He also revealed plans to travel to Florida on Saturday to survey storm damage.

Continual dismissal of questions on investigations

The president has consistently dismissed questions about the investigations into his son Hunter's business deals in Ukraine and China.

However, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (CA-20) recently raised the stakes by suggesting that an impeachment inquiry "is a natural step forward."

'That provides Congress the apex of legal power to get all the information they need," the California Republican said in an interview on Fox News.

Despite some believing that no evidence has yet directly linked the president to his son's business deals, McCarthy insisted there was a "culture of corruption that's been happening within the entire Biden family."

White House 'War Room'

NBC News reported that the White House has established a 'war room' consisting of two dozen lawyers, legislative aides, and communications staff to aggressively respond to a Republican impeachment inquiry. This comes as Biden is running for re-election to the Oval Office.

Sources told NBC that the "war room" team plans a vigorous response and will characterize the GOP's efforts as a fact-free partisan sham that shows the party's "penchant for chaos."

One White House aide told NBC:

Comparing this to past impeachments isn't apples to apples or even apples to oranges; it's apples to elephants. Never in modern history has an impeachment been based on no evidence whatsoever.

Support for impeachment among Trump supporters

Some of the most vocal supporters of impeachment are also top surrogates for former President Donald Trump.

Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA-14) announced that she would not vote to continue funding the government unless House Republicans opened an impeachment inquiry on Biden.

At a Floyd County, Georgia town hall, Greene said:

I've already decided that I will not vote to fund the government unless we pass an impeachment inquiry on Joe Biden.

Greene also pushed for the defunding of Special Counsel Jack Smith, who has indicted Trump twice, and for the firing of Delaware U.S. Attorney-turned- Special Counsel David Weiss.

Reactions to Greene's announcement

Weiss, a Trump appointee, was elevated to special counsel by Attorney General Merrick Garland last month.

He is overseeing Hunter Biden's tax and gun case in Delaware federal court. Greene's announcement received cheers and applause from the conservative crowd.

In response to Greene's announcement, White House spokesperson Andrew Bates said:

The last thing the American people deserve is for extreme House members to trigger a government shutdown that hurts our economy, undermines our disaster preparedness, and forces our troops to work without guaranteed pay.

White House Spokesperson's statement

Bates further stated that the House Republicans responsible for keeping the government open had already made a promise to the American public about government funding.

He added that it would be a shame if they broke their word and failed the country because they prioritized a baseless impeachment stunt over high stakes needs about which Americans deeply care, such as fighting fentanyl trafficking, protecting national security, and funding FEMA.

Conclusion

  • President Biden dismissed questions on sharing his bank records during a FEMA visit.
  • House Speaker Kevin McCarthy suggested an impeachment inquiry is a natural step forward.
  • The White House established a "war room" to respond to a Republican impeachment inquiry.
  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said she would not vote to fund the government without an impeachment inquiry targeting Biden.
  • White House spokesperson Andrew Bates criticized the potential government shutdown triggered by what he called extreme Republican positions.