Republicans’ Hunter Biden Probe Is Legit Even If Biden Family Apologists Don’t Like It

As a tactical concern, the House GOP’s decision to open an investigation into Biden family corruption is questionable. It promises limited political return. It would serve Republicans, and the country, far better if the House focused on a hyper-politicized Justice Department that targets the political opposition, labels concerned parents “domestic terrorists,” and ignores violence aimed at pregnancy centers, for starters.

None of that, however, means there isn’t sufficient circumstantial evidence suggesting Joe Biden not only lied about knowing his son was favor-trading on the family name with corrupt autocracies, but that he was a beneficiary of those business dealings. Indeed, precedent says we Republicans have a duty to “democracy” to investigate.

Yet, Greg Sargent at The Washington Post warns: “If Republicans can obliterate the distinction between congressional investigations done in good faith and ones that weaponize the process in bad faith they win.” You see, only Democrats can launch investigations in “good faith.”

Pathological partisanship can lead to cosmic shamelessness. And you almost have to admire the chutzpah. But these are the same people who spent years championing one of the most unethical investigations in American history. We now know that Russia “collusion” hysteria was predicated on partisan oppo research and disinformation meant to delegitimize the 2016 election. A grand total of zero indictments were related to 2016 election “collusion.” So rickety was the evidence, that self-proclaimed guardians of our sacred norms never even tried to impeach Donald Trump over this alleged sedition. I’ll spare you the slew of blown one-source anonymous “scoops” spread by major media organizations in concert with the FBI and Democratic Party. Sargent highlighted them all.

Let’s also remember, when the story of Hunter Biden’s laptop broke, virtually the entire left-wing media complex regurgitated the risible claims of former intelligence officials — including known liars James Clapper and John Brennan — that the entire kerfuffle was just Russian “disinformation.” Sargent dismissed the news as a “fake scandal” and worked to discredit the story.

The New York Post’s Hunter Biden story always had far more journalistic substantiation than any of the histrionic and fallacious Russia-collusion “scoops” that Sargent and his paper peddled for five years. Reporters had interviewed the owner of the Delaware computer shop where Hunter had abandoned his computer. They had Biden’s signature on a receipt. They had on-the-record sources with intimate knowledge of his interactions. Tony Bobulinski, one of two former business partners of Hunter Biden who contend that “the big guy” was Joe, also authenticated the emails.

Now, it’s certainly possible that Bobulinski, a Navy veteran and former chief technology officer at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command who made campaign contributions to progressives like Ro Khanna, is also part of an elaborate fascistic cabal spreading “disinformation,” but now Congress can put him under oath.

Later, emails implicating the president as a participant in Hunter’s schemes were authenticated by forensic specialists. Yet virtually the entire censorious journalistic establishment, with the help of tech giants, limited the story’s exposure to help their preferred candidate win.

“Democracy,” indeed.

Then there is the issue of the president claiming he knew nothing about Hunter’s leveraging of the family name for influence-peddling and never personally “profited off” any of his son’s schemes. What did the president think Hunter was doing when he hitched a ride to secure deals with the Chicoms on Air Force Two in 2013? Does Joe not remember that two Obama administration officials raised concerns about Hunter’s relationship with the Ukrainian energy firm Burisma? When finally asked about his son, Biden claimed the “vast majority of the intelligence people have come out and said there’s no basis at all.”

His buddies lied. Just like they had during the Russia collusion hysteria. This week — only two years late — CBS News confirmed that the Hunter Biden emails were all genuine. Just like everyone knew they were. Now we have authenticated emails showing an executive from Burisma thanking Hunter for facilitating a meeting with the vice president.

If Joe were a Republican, Adam Schiff would not only have opened an investigation, he would have claimed to be in possession of irrefutable proof that the 2020 election had been bought by the Chinese. Sargent would be churning out one hyperbolic piece after the next. We would all be watching another thermonuclear meltdown.

Of course, every congressional investigation in history is to some extent undertaken in “bad faith,” and that’s fine. One of most beneficial roles of political parties is that they will hold the opposition accountable. But Sargent, and other advocates of one-party rule, only see legitimacy in their objectives — which is only one of the numerous reasons their claim to be democracy’s defenders is so laughable.


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