Speaker Kevin McCarthy has directed three House of Representatives committees to proceed with a formal impeachment inquiry into President Biden. At the center of the investigation is peeling back the layers of alleged deception and stonewalling to protect Hunter Biden and his father, the president.

From Joe Biden’s 2018 brag about having Ukrainian prosecutor general Viktor Shokin fired as Shokin closed in on Burisma (and in turn his son’s multi-million dollar payday) to Biden’s use of at least three email addresses to conduct family business, Biden’s long train of abuses against the American people and American interests is a complex web of deceit, lies and corruption.

In a joint statement, Republican representatives Jason Smith of Missouri (Ways and Means), James Comer of Kentucky (Oversight) and Jim Jordan of Ohio (Judiciary) — chairmen of the three committees tasked with the inquiry — promised “to work to follow the facts to ensure President Biden is held accountable for abusing public office for his family’s financial gain” after House Republicans revealed “an overwhelming amount of evidence showing President Joe Biden lied to the American people about his knowledge and participation in his family’s influence-peddling schemes.”

Here’s what we know: Records from the House Oversight Committee show that Biden and associates created more than 20 shell companies, mostly formed during Biden’s vice presidency. Hunter Biden’s business associates reportedly visited the White House more than 80 times when his father was vice president. The Bidens and their associates have received more than $20 million in payments from foreign entities.

That’s barely a scratch at the surface of the known corrupt dealing of Biden and his family.

There is enough smoke to warrant the investigation. Anyone who thinks otherwise has lost the ability to think independently. Perhaps they are still suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome. Maybe the Biden-inspired Kool-Aid is too much to resist. But what do you expect from a Democratic Party that saturates children’s libraries with pornographic material, thinks men can get pregnant, and provided the largest global facilitator of terror, Iran, with $6 billion on the 22nd anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks?

For many conservatives, the political ramifications of launching an impeachment inquiry are a secondary concern. For them, if discovering the truth comes at an electoral price, so be it … as long as that election is free and fair.

But proven time and time again, when Republicans unite behind bold ideas, fundamental American principles, and common sense — like ensuring our elected officials don’t use their offices for personal gain — we are rewarded by the electorate.

I suspect the same will be true with this impeachment inquiry, akin to the investigative phase of any criminal prosecution because this is about restoring American confidence in its government. Do we live in a banana republic with widespread corruption at the highest level of government or not? Did Biden’s Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service stonewall investigations into Hunter Biden or not? Did Joe Biden, as alleged in an FBI document, engage in a $5 million extortion scheme or not? And for good measure, who left the cocaine in the West Wing of White House?

The American people deserve a government that is transparent, accountable and full of probity. House Republicans are working toward filling that promise made so many years ago of a government for, of and by the people. The question is whether or not Democrats prefer a government for, of and by the powerful.