Hunter Biden and House Republicans: Investigations of a White House Democrat Candidate in the Bidens’ Corrupt Practices
The Bidens have been under investigation by House Republicans for months. They made it a focus of the oversight and judiciary committees after Republicans won control of the chamber last November.
“The hearing will focus on constitutional and legal questions surrounding the president’s involvement in corruption and abuse of public office,” said a House Oversight Committee spokesman.
Congress has the ability to remove a president from office if they have committed treason, bribe or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors. It is not a legal trial, though the evidence gathered could inform a separate judicial process.
But former federal prosecutor and legal commentator Renato Mariotti told NPR that the allegations lack details that specifically demonstrate corruption on Biden’s part.
“Generally speaking, when we’re talking about corruption, you’re talking about the use of trading an official act for something … of value — so for example, you know, using his office to try to obtain money or property for himself or his son,” Mariotti said. “What I think is missing here are any specifics about how that has allegedly been done, one way or the other.”
The business associate of Hunter Biden claims that he received greetings from the Vice President when Hunter hosted conference calls with his clients. But Archer conceded in his testimony to the committee that he did not have evidence that President Biden received any direct financial benefit as a result of the interactions.
Republicans have also made broad allegations about Hunter Biden receiving preferential treatment from the IRS and the Justice Department. Two IRS employees have testified that their investigation was weakened. Other people have differing opinions of what happened.
Hunter Biden was indicted by the Justice Department on three felony charges for purchasing a gun while he was addicted to drugs. He would have been spared prosecution on a firearm offense, had the initial deal around his tax charges been upheld.
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The special counsel acts independent of the Justice Department, and Attorney General Merrick Garland has maintained that the investigation is proceeding without outside influence.
Three of the witnesses that were picked by the Republicans to give testimony will weigh in on the crimes the Bidens may have committed.
Comer said that the House Oversight, Judiciary and Ways and Means committees “uncovered an overwhelming amount of evidence showing President Joe Biden abused his public office for his family’s financial gain.”
There are thousands of pages of financial records included in the evidence. But little has been publicly presented in the way of concrete evidence for an impeachable offense by Biden.
The professor of constitutional law at the University of North Carolina School of Law told NPR that the current attempt to investigate the president is different than any other before it. There isn’t any credible evidence in this situation. The process seems to be called a fishing expedition.
Republicans are likely to repeatedly mention the ongoing criminal investigation into him and the testimony of two IRS whistleblowers, Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler.
The Justice Department mishandled an investigation of the president’s son according to the two people who came forward. In July, they brought their concerns to the House Oversight Committee. Republicans have seized on this and claimed that these two agents show that pressure was placed on the DOJ to delay the investigation.
Further, on Wednesday the House Ways and Means Committee voted in a closed-door session to release more than 700 pages of additional information that committee Republicans claim raises more questions about the Bidens.
The Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee said that it shows that Hunter Biden’s access to the White House was his most valuable asset, despite official claims otherwise.
Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, the ranking member of the Oversight Committee, told reporters Tuesday that his colleagues on the panel will focus on “facts and evidence.”
He said that there were no facts or evidence pointing to criminal culpability on the part of Joe Biden. We will see whether they have any new evidence to support the allegations of wrongdoing by President Biden.
As for Hunter Biden, he said: “Let the Department of Justice do its job, but let’s not confuse Hunter Biden’s problems that he experienced during his addiction — the way millions of families have experienced — with the behavior of Joe Biden who’s been in public life for five or six decades and has no blemish there.”
He also indicated he will likely emphasize at the hearing that Republicans are focusing on the Biden family rather than prioritizing from keeping the government from shutting down.