Judicial Watch Statement on Impeachment Inquiry into President Joe Biden
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made the following statement regarding the announcement by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to initiate an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden:
The House took a necessary step for accountability and justice in opening an impeachment inquiry into President Biden. The American people have a right to know whether their president is a crook.
It is well past time for the House to use its full constitutional authority to investigate the catalog of credible allegations of corruption that crosses international borders – from Ukraine to Russia and China.
These Biden corruption issues have created a national security crisis, led to a border invasion, thoroughly corrupted the Justice Department and other federal agencies, and have resulted in wildly abusive efforts to jail former President Trump and other innocents.
This new impeachment inquiry is necessary but not sufficient. Impeachment must be accompanied with a serious effort to defund abuse by Biden’s agencies, and Congress must add oversight to curtail weaponized government.
In the meantime, Judicial Watch will continue its independent investigations and lawsuits into the Biden corruption issues.
Judicial Watch has at least 10 federal lawsuits focused on Biden family corruption.
Judicial Watch is pursuing a lawsuit for information regarding the gun owned by Hunter Biden that reportedly was thrown in a trash can behind a Delaware grocery store.
In June 2023, Judicial Watch sued the CIA for all communications of the spy agency’s Prepublication Classification Review Board (PCRB) regarding an October 19, 2020, email request to review and “clear” a letter signed by 51 former intelligence community officials characterizing the Hunter Biden laptop story as having “all the earmarks of a Russian disinformation campaign.”
In July, Judicial Watch sued the DOJ for records from the Office of the Attorney General and Office of the Deputy Attorney General regarding the Internal Revenue Service investigation of Hunter Biden.
In June 2023, Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice for a copy of the FBI FD-1023 form that describes “an alleged criminal scheme involving then-Vice President Biden and a foreign national relating to the exchange of money for policy decisions.” Judicial Watch also asked for communications about the FD-1023.
In May 2023, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA lawsuit against the National Archives for Biden family records and communications regarding travel and finance transactions, as well as communications between the Bidens and several known business associates.
On October 14, 2022, Judicial Watch sued DOJ for all records in the possession of FBI Supervisory Intelligence Analyst Brian Auten regarding an August 6, 2020, briefing provided to members of the U.S. Senate. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) raised concerns that the briefing was intended to undermine the senators’ investigation of Hunter Biden.
Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit against the U.S. State Department on April 20, 2022, for messages sent through the SMART (State Messaging and Archive Retrieval Toolkit) system that mention Hunter Biden.
In December 2020, State Department records obtained through a Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit showed that former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie “Masha” Yovanovitch had specifically warned in 2017 about corruption allegations against Burisma Holdings.
In October 2020, Judicial Watch forced the release of State Department records that included a briefing checklist of a February 22, 2019, meeting in Kyiv between then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and Sally Painter, co-founder and chief operating officer of Blue Star Strategies, a Democratic lobbying firm which was hired by Burisma Holdings to combat corruption allegations. At the time of the meeting, Hunter Biden was serving on the board of directors for Burisma Holdings.