(BBC News) The U.S. House of Representatives will open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden, its most senior Republican has said.
Kevin McCarthy said the inquiry would focus on “allegations of abuse of power, obstruction, and corruption” into Biden.
Republicans have been investigating the president since they took control of the House in January.
The hearings have found no concrete evidence of misconduct by Biden.
They have, however, shed more light on business dealings by the president’s surviving son Hunter Biden, which Republicans say are questionable — and on Biden’s knowledge of his son’s activities.
This is the first move in a political process that could result in an impeachment vote in the House of Representatives.
If that is approved by a simple majority, a trial in the U.S. Senate could follow.
In a brief statement at the U.S. Capitol, McCarthy said there were “serious and credible” allegations involving the president’s conduct.