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The House is not impeaching Biden … at least not yet

The House is not impeaching Biden … at least not yet

If you follow the spin on the leftwing media, you would believe that the Republican-controlled House is holding hearings to impeach President Biden.  That is not the case.  What the House IS doing is opening an INQUIRY to see if there is evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors – to see if Biden has done things that deserve an impeachment hearing.  The House is merely launching an INQUIRY – an investigation – to uncover the facts.

An actual impeachment is comparable to an indictment.   An impeachment INQUIRY is more like the work of a prosecutor or grand jury BEFORE an indictment (impeachment).  The House only charges the President with impeachable offenses – like an indictment.  It then turns the case over to the Senate for trial.

An impeachment INQUIRY is an investigation based on accusations, suspicious activity and whatever preliminary evidence might exist. It is the first step in the process.

There is a tendency in the public arena to confuse an investigation with an indictment.  Biden & Company use misinformation and spin in the court-of-public opinion to prematurely try the entire case.  They claim there is no evidence that establishes that Biden did anything warranting an impeachment.  They want the case settled in the public mind before there is an investigation.

Even to launch an investigation, there should be some nominal evidence to suggest a crime MAY have been committed.  It is  to see if there is enough there there to warrant an initial investigation – and there seems to be more than enough evidence to warrant a deep look in the Biden case.  It is that possibility that has team Biden frantically attempting to avoid, undermine or discredit any investigation before it starts.

The critical question is whether there is sufficient suspicious activity to launch an investigation into both Hunter Biden and Papa Joe Biden?  I do believe that based on any objective review of what is already known, the answer is “yes.”  That means that the House has a right and obligation to pursue an impeachment INQUIRY.  It is the normal process by which we deal with suspicious activity in courts-of-law and in the impeachment process.

So, what is the suspicious activity that warrants an investigation of the relationship between President Biden and his son’s questionable business dealings.  As in any investigation, the investigators know more than the public at the onset.  But there is a lot of factual information already known.

  1. The initial reaction to the Hunter Biden issue by President Biden and the leftwing establishment was not true – a lie to be specific. Biden said he knew nothing of his son’s business dealing and never discussed them.  Later hard evidence showed that Biden had frequent contacts and discussions with Hunter AND Hunter’s business associates.  Biden spoke with them.  He entertained them at the White House. He golfed with them.  And remember, Hunter’s former business partner said Joe knew a lot about Hunter’s business interests.
  2. There is the appearance of a cover-up. Once Hunter’s laptop surfaced the White House said it was a Russian hoax – and the media dutifully spun their reports in that direction.  Facebook censored stories about the laptop.  More disturbing is the fact that government agencies, including the FBI, perpetrated the same bogus story.  Hunter knew better, and the President and the FBI had to know the truth.
  3. Then there was that reference to the “big guy” getting ten percent. There can be no doubt that the “big guy” is President Biden.  If he was getting a cut of the action, an investigation is needed either to prove the contention or disprove it.
  4. There have been previous reports that Hunter was paying his father’s personal expenses – and they gained credibility with a message from Hunter to a lady friend in which he expressed frustration over paying his father’s expense. He said, “half goes to pop.”  Why was he paying for them?  Papa Joe is a multimillionaire and already has the taxpayers providing him with a high salary, great benefits and all the prerogatives of the presidency.  And You will recall that Hunter had to “borrow” approximately $200,000 from his lawyer to pay the IRA his back taxes. That makes the payments to his dad look more like a payoff then necessary financial help to the old man.
  5. Biden has taken official actions that at least give the appearance of helping his son in his business interests. If Hunter was influence-peddling, his dad gave all the hints and indications that Hunter had the influence.  Biden took his son on official trips aboard on Air Force One and Air Force Two (when Vice President) – intermingling the White House’s official business and Hunters private enterprises.  The most notable example was using the threat of financial assistance to Ukraine to get the prosecutor fired who was investigating Hunter’s employer, Burisma Holdings – a mega energy company owned by a corrupt Ukrainian oligarch.  That investigation would have naturally involved Hunter’s role in the Company.   The fact that the new prosecutor did not take up the investigation of the company suggests that ending that investigation into a corrupt enterprise was the purpose of Biden’s action.
  6. It is known from initial bank records that Hunter and other members of the Biden family, including children, received huge sums of money for no apparent services rendered. Some of that money flowed through shell corporations in what appears to be a laundering effort.

While Hunter’s business interests and potential criminal activities – in and of themselves — are not the focus of an impeachment of Biden, they are critical from the standpoint of the President’s involvement – actively or passively as a financial beneficiary.  The question is:  Were hunter’s activities or crimes carried out with the knowledge, participation or promotion of the President?  Would any of it been possible if he were not the son of Joe Biden – Senator, Vice President and President of the United States?  Without that relationship it is more likely Hunter would be shooting up as a homeless resident of San Francisco. (I know that is harsh speculation, but only to make the point.)

To understand the rationale for the impeachment INQUIRY, we need to examine what activities of Hunter appear suspicious – and how they might relate to the President.

  1. First and foremost is the job with Burisma. Hunter had no experience in the energy industry.  He knew nothing about Ukraine – the country, business practices, the laws, etc. The only logical reason for his hiring was that he is the son of the President of the United States.  That corrupt oligarch, Mykola Zlochevsky, must have seen some corporate and financial benefit from that fact.  Maybe even some protection from prosecution.  After all, Zlochevsky not only hired Hunter, but paid him an exorbitant amount of money.  It was also a job for which Hunter did not have to show up at the office.  That deal alone raises more red flags than a national celebration in China.
  2. Speaking of China, there has not been a definitive answer as to why Chinese – and Russians – provided Hunter with millions of dollars.
  3. The gun charge is relevant to the issue of daddy’s position and influence. Why did the Hunter investigation by the Delaware prosecutor David Weiss take five years?  And when it finally came to a head, Hunter was offered such an outrageous sweetheart deal that the judge in the case would not accept it.  When it was obvious that the case would require a special counsel, why did Attorney General Merrick Garland break precedent and appoint the same guy, David Weiss, who offered the special deal?  In fact, why was the case handled in Delaware in the first place, where the Bidens have the most political influence?
  4. And then there is the tax fraud case. Was Hunter offered a sweetheart plea deal because of the charges or because he is the son of the President.  Pay the back taxes and the prosecutor will essentially forget the criminal charges.

And there is a lot more.

We can understand that there will be a lot of political bullcrap going back and forth in terms of the legitimacy of the impeachment INQUIRY.  And we can expect the left-leaning media to play public relations agency for the Bidens.  Biden & Company want to prejudge the investigation.  Hopefully that will not work.

There can be no mistake in believing that the investigation of the Biden family is well warranted.  When the White House and others claim there is nothing to see, they want the American public to put on the blinders (as opposed to the rose-colored glasses, when it comes to the economy).

Finally, all this has nothing to do with Trump, so whataboutism is no reason to discourage this totally unrelated investigation – this impeachment INQUIRY.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

6 Comments

  1. frank stetson

    Thank you Captain Obvious but oh so many words. Nervous? You cite much facts, much data, and not one piece that denotes a n impeachable offense. After all this time, still just smoke so far. The number and scope of revengeful Republicans is quite broad and wide.

    One thing different about this one was there was no House vote for an inquiry. That’s not a first, but unusual and pointing to McCarthy not having the votes in his own party for an inquiry and he was afraid of MTG’s bitch slap and boy toy Gaetz’s motion to vacate: just f-bomb “If you want to file a motion to vacate, then file the f ing motion,” McCarthy said. Priceless! Although as a good upstanding Irishman, I was offended by his fighting words response; please Kevin, a lot of American Irish disown you :>). Remember Kevin, if God wanted us Irish to rule the world, he wouldn’t have invented whiskey :>)

    You say it’s not impeachment, just an inquiry, a difference without distinction. MTG filed the first impeachment articles the first day of Biden’s tenure. Over nine impeachment resolutions have been filed in the House during Biden’s first two years, half of them by MTG. In the second two years of Biden a few more resolutions filed but getting hard to find sponsors, co-sponsors, and not much moving beyond committee. The impeachment happy Republican crowd also has impeachment articles against almost a dozen administration officials. If it moves, and is a Democrat, they try to impeach.

    To say the Impeach Inquiry is not impeachment is pointing to a difference without distinction given articles of impeachment against Biden are introduced all the time and there’s probably a live one or MTG has one ready to roll at any time. Already did it a dozen times.

    Trumps’ party of revenge and retribution is in full control of the House and if it could control itself, would drill down on Biden. But in their blood quest, they have a scatter gun approach from Hunter to the FBI to DOJ to a dozen Biden officials all active investigations at the same time. Kind of like a pinball bouncing off one investigation bumper after another. DIng, ding. Still waiting for the “dozens” of FBI whistleblowers, with written testimonies from all those Jorden sessions, think we’ve seen a few, some discredited already. Ding, ding, weaponization Committee seems a bust so good they found more work. I guess the Hunter investigation is getting folded in to that. Ding, ding, then there’s the border investigation. Ding, ding, and the Weaponization Committee against the FBI and DOJ. The Oversight Committee investigation on the Biden Garage Documents. House Foreign Affairs Committee investigation into the Afghanistan withdrawal. The Select Committee on Covid 19. Select Committee on China. And finally, both parties investigating one scandal together: pandemic fraud. Yipppeeee.
    The only place they have had success was to overturn a plea deal for Hunter on the gun at the penultimate moment to hit him with the Startrek charge: a federal charge going where no federal charge has gone before. DOJ indicting by rule of the mob. The rule of law is sacrosanct so let the wheels of justice turn, but to not see this as preferential justice would be wrong, IMO. As Jack McCoy always says: “Adam, we can’t go back on our plea, it will ruin our future ability to plea for lack of trust.” Or something like that. The final judgement will pinpoint whether that’s true or not.

    In May 2023, Republicans admitted they had yet to find evidence of any corrupt actions Mr. Biden took in office with Hunter’s business deals. They made no headway into finding clear evidence to tie Mr. Biden to illegal actions, with or without Hunter.

    In September 2023, having lost sight of their objective, they redoubled their efforts with an impeachment inquiry. Not sure if the Weaponization work will continue or whether all those whistleblowers will remain in Jordan’s closet. Because if you don’t know where you are going, any way will get you there.

    What I don’t understand is how a tottering, stumbling, gaffing, tripping, senile old Biden can be a mastermind criminal where no one to date can follow the money. And what money? Biden does not even have a billon bucks. Not even 20 million. He has 10 million or less and I am pretty sure you can even count where it came from.

    So, good to investigate, to inquire, as to money and access of the Biden criminal senile mastermind who is a pottering fool too. Good luck in a fair trial versus the current Republican style of trial by FOX.

    And you are right to say avoid the Trump whattaboutism. The Trump impeachments, rape/defamation case, two ongoing State indictments, and two Federal indictments with 91 open charges, over 30 being felony is nothing like the Biden Impeachment Inquiry. The Trumps ones are criminal.

  2. Elizabeth Crouse

    Biden needs to go. No leader, has gotten rich off America and not mentally able to govern. Sad.

  3. Darren

    Biden is the Old Man riding the elevator all day because he does not know what floor he lives on.
    In his case he is not even in the right building!

  4. Mike f

    As is normal in most of Larry’s long-winded tomes, he is hoping that the reader will not know the actual history involved and just take his assertions at face value. So Larry says “once the laptop was discovered, the White House declared it to be a hoax”. Since the laptop was discovered during the Trump administration, we can assume that did not happen and Larry means sometime well after discovery. Larry also brings up Biden’s support of the firing of the DA equivalent in Ukraine as being indicative of ‘corruption’ on Biden’s part. That has been debunked so many time that I have to question Larry’s dementia-perhaps he is not talking his meds. All studies to date show there is no hard evidence to support an impeachment inquiry-the only reason Kevin is doing this is to potentially keep his desperately wanted speakers position-to hell with doing any real work to improve the country. (Of course, Larry believes we should vote on military staff on a one by one basis in the senate rather than addressing the tuberville problem so he really doesn’t care if the government functions as it is supposed to.)
    If I were Larry (praise be I have more reasoning power than that). I would wonder why the only affirmative comments he receives are from idiots like Dan tyree. Gotta wonder

    • frank stetson

      Hey Mike, in Republican land, having no evidence means having to look twice as hard. Or just fake it on FOX…..

      Just look at what they do when they have impeachable evidence…..

      Thanks for correcting Horist’s egregious lies of acceptance of Republican allegations as fact. Still waiting for the dozens of FBI whistleblowers to divulge all those sworn testimonies promised by JORDAN the pedophile wrestling coach for over two years now. Only 3 or 4 have come forward, two of these lost their FBI clearance for cause, others were paid by Republican sponsors, others have disappeared, supposedly all have signed testimonies and notes, none have been released even after Jordan promised during a committee session, presumably under penalty of Congressional perjury.

      Republicans, like Horist, as of late have decided that unverifiable accusations presented to convicted lying outlets like FOX is a better way to litigate that Congressional inquiry or, better yet, court of law.

      Mike, it’s great when you point that out, supported by facts and sources which is unusual around here. Can use more of it.