Sunday, December 10, 2023

Who is the BIG GUY?

 Weekly Opinion Editorial


by Steve Fair


    On Thursday, a 56-page federal indictment was handed down charging Hunter Biden, President Biden’s youngest son, with nine counts of tax evasion.  The indictment details Biden’s debauchery and dishonesty in trying to avoid paying taxes.  According to Special Counsel David Weiss, Biden charged off personal expenses, including a membership to a sex club, as business expense.  If convicted, Biden faces up to 17 years in prison.   

    The indictment comes after two IRS agents derailed a ‘sweetheart’ deal Biden had worked out with federal prosecutors.  The two whistleblowers claim IRS and FBI agents were discouraged/blocked from investigating then Vice President Biden’s involvement with his son’s shady business dealings.

     The U.S. House Rules Committee is scheduled to discuss an impeachment resolution on Tuesday.  Rep. Tom Cole, (R-OK), Chair of the Rules Committee, said: “We know from the whistle-blowers, the investigation of the president’s son was interfered with.  There is enough there to continue to look and certainly to empower investigators with every tool they need to get to the truth.”

     House Republicans are pushing for a floor vote to authorize an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden’s involvement/knowledge of his son’s activities.  Hunter Biden has been subpoenaed by the House to testify behind closed doors on Wednesday December 13th and  Republican House leadership has vowed to charge Hunter Biden with contempt of Congress if he refuses to show up.  Three observations:

     First, the indictments of Hunter do not mention President Joe Biden.  Hunter Biden was charged with tax evasion, not the president.   Republicans have the duty to investigate if and how Joe Biden was involved in Hunter’s dealings.  If the POTUS was unaware of his loose cannon son’s degeneracy, he should welcome the investigation.

     Second, who is the ‘big guy?’  On Hunter’s laptop, an email was found to his business associates stating 10% of the money from a foreign government transaction went to ‘the big guy.’   One of the email recipients- Tony Bobulinski- says Joe Biden was ‘the big guy.’   If that can be proven, that is huge!  At that time, Joe Biden was Vice President and was legally prevented from doing business with a foreign government.  The American people have a right to know if Biden was using his office to benefit financially. 

     Third, impeachment is a political process, not a legal one.  Even if the House votes to impeach President Biden, the Democratic controlled Senate is not likely to vote to remove President Biden from office.  Removal requires a 2/3 majority vote in the Senate. 

      Impeachment of a president used to be a rare event.  Only three presidents have been impeached in American history, but none removed from office:  Andrew Johnson in 1868, Bill Clinton in 1998, and Donald Trump twice, in 2019 and 2021.  It appears impeachment of a president will be commonplace in America’s future.

     Furthering an investigation into President Biden’s involvement with his son’s illegal activities and determining if that involvement rises to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors is Congress’s responsibility. 

     William Shakespeare wrote in The Merchant of Venice: “The sins of the father are to be laid upon the children.”  In the Biden’s case, the opposite may be true. 

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