Headline RoundupSeptember 28th, 2023

Republicans and Democrats Clash at First Biden Impeachment Inquiry Hearing

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The Republican-controlled House Oversight Committee held a reportedly “chaotic” first hearing in the impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden on Thursday.

Wall or No Wall: Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) said “there was no wall” between then-Vice President Joe Biden and alleged foreign influence peddling by members of his family, particularly his son Hunter. House Republicans laid out their evidence of a “scheme” that allegedly “brought in over $15 million.”

“Waste of Time”: House Democrats criticized the hearing as a distraction from the impending Saturday night government shutdown deadline. At one point, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) accused Republicans of presenting a “fabricated image” of a text message.

Key Quote: Lawmakers questioned Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University law professor who opposed former President Donald Trump’s first impeachment. Turley said that while “I do not believe that the current evidence would support articles of impeachment,” he did believe the inquiry was warranted to “answer troubling questions.”

How the Media Covered It: Left-rated outlets tended to feature a speech by Biden more prominently on homepages and often covered Turley’s remarks, framing them as refuting Republicans’ claims. Coverage from mainstream Lean Left outlets often specifically said there was “no evidence” directly tying Biden to a crime. Coverage from the right, on the other hand, tended to frame Republican accusations as straightforward and warranted.

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