The White House has reportedly assembled a team of legal and media experts to counter an anticipated Republican attempt to impeach US President Joe Biden, according to NBC. The team has been developing a strategy for several months as House Republicans have sought to investigate the president and his son, Hunter Biden, and their foreign business dealings. The goal of the White House’s response is to portray any impeachment inquiry as a “evidence-free partisan sham” that demonstrates the Republican Party’s “penchant for chaos.”
The administration aims to show that its opponents are “out of touch” by highlighting Biden’s work on economic issues that impact everyday Americans. The team has been created to ensure that ongoing investigations do not hinder the White House’s ability to focus on its priorities. The administration wants to avoid being “bogged down in the minutia of ongoing investigations.”
The White House aide who disclosed the counter-impeachment project to NBC emphasized that an impeachment based on no evidence whatsoever would be unprecedented in modern history. This suggests that the administration believes any attempts to target the Bidens would constitute such an impeachment. White House aides on the counter-impeachment team have spent August conducting research on Republican talking points, assembling a message and response team, and commissioning polls. Their aim is to disseminate a unified message in support of Biden to the Democratic Party.
The Republican investigation into Biden and Hunter initially focused on the younger Biden’s alleged crimes. Evidence, including information from a laptop allegedly belonging to Hunter, suggests that he is involved in influence peddling, corruption, and various other offenses. The administration’s concern would be the extent to which the elder Biden was involved in his son’s business dealings, particularly in countries like Ukraine and China, where these deals were affected by policies Biden was making as vice president.
While Hunter Biden has not been convicted in relation to the current investigation, he was about to enter a guilty plea on tax evasion and gun charges before a judge rejected the plea bargain that would have allowed him to avoid a prison sentence and felony conviction. The question of impeachment relates to whether the elder Biden had any involvement in his son’s activities. Despite the president’s denial of knowledge or participation, email records and the testimony of Hunter Biden’s former business partner refute his statements on the matter.
Overall, the White House is taking proactive steps to combat potential impeachment efforts by Republicans and present any inquiries as baseless attacks that distract from the administration’s focus on improving the economy and addressing issues that affect ordinary Americans. By assembling a team of legal and media experts, the administration aims to craft a unified message and respond effectively to any accusations or investigations, portraying them as politically motivated and lacking in evidence.