10 things you need to know today: December 14, 2023

Republicans approve Biden impeachment inquiry, judge pauses Trump election case pending immunity ruling, and more

GOP Reps. Nancy Mace, Jim Jordan and James Comer
GOP Reps. Nancy Mace, Jim Jordan and James Comer before impeachment vote
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1. House Republicans approve formal impeachment inquiry

The Republican-controlled House on Wednesday approved a formal impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden. Republican lawmakers rallied behind the investigation even though hearings on Biden family finances have failed to produce evidence of wrongdoing, particularly regarding discredited GOP allegation that, as vice president, Biden pushed to fire a Ukrainian prosecutor to benefit a gas company while his son, Hunter Biden, served on its board. Biden called the House GOP inquiry a "baseless political stunt." Hunter Biden defied a House subpoena for a closed-door deposition, saying at a surprise appearance outside the Capitol that he would only testify publicly. House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-Ky.) accused Hunter Biden of trying to hide his "influence-peddling schemes." The Hill

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