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New York Republicans back Biden impeachment effort

Rep. Marc Molinaro (R-19) says he wants a federal commission to propose solutions to maintain Social Security, but decline to discuss specifics.
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Rep. Marc Molinaro (R-19) says he supports an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden

Several New York Republicans are supporting an effort to impeach President Biden. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday that such an inquiry will proceed.

In statements, Republican Congressman Nick Langworthy of the 23rd District and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of the 21st District claimed there’s evidence Biden has potentially committed impeachable offenses. Langworthy, the former state GOP chair who serves on the House Oversight Committee, says Biden lied about his involvement in his family’s business dealings. There is no evidence that the president benefited financially from his son Hunter Biden’s business dealings.

Stefanik, the House Republican conference chair from the North Country, claimed the probe will uncover “the biggest political corruption and criminal scandal” in American history. In a statement, Congresswoman Claudia Tenney of the 24th District says Biden has made selfish policy decisions to enrich the lives of himself and family at Americans’ expense. Marc Molinaro, a first-term Congressman from the 19th District, says while the potential impeachment of a U.S. president is not ideal, some of Biden’s activity “warrants an inquiry.”

Mike Lawler, a first-term Republican from the 17th District, said Tuesday evening that McCarthy's announcement was a continuation of investigations that are open and ongoing, but "as of today, the House has not met the high bar of impeachment.”

Marc Molinaro who represents New York's 19th District supports McCarthy's announcement.

His statement:

“Oversight of the Executive Branch is one of Congress's most fundamental duties. I worry about what appears to be criminal activity benefiting the Biden family and undermining our national interests. That warrants an inquiry.

“I did not come to Congress to impeach the President, in fact I pledged to work with him on areas where we can find common ground like mental healthcare and the opioid epidemic. I don't serve on committees that have jurisdiction over this inquiry –  my focus will remain on delivering bipartisan results to the challenges facing Upstate New York.”

WSKG contributed to this story.

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