I realize I got to this too late, but better late than never.
Here is what I think: you bet they should open an inquiry, at the very least, against Joe Biden. I do not agree that this means a landslide loss for the Republicans. Going on offense is their only play right now as Democrats continue to hammer them day in and day out.
The Democrats set this precedent. They made this bed. They have to lie in it, as Victor Davis Hanson wrote:
“The Left is now suddenly voicing warnings that those who recently undermined the system could be targeted by their own legacies.
So, for example, now we read why impeachment is suddenly a dangerous gambit.
True, the Founders did not envision impeaching a first-term president the moment he lost his House majority. Nor did they imagine impeaching a president twice. And they certainly did not anticipate trying an ex-president in the Senate as a private citizen.
In modern times, the nation has not rushed to impeach a president without a special counsel investigation to determine whether the chief executive was guilty of “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
But thanks to the Democrats, recent impeachments now have destroyed all those guardrails. After all, Trump was impeached the first time on the fumes of an exhaustive but fruitless 22-month, $40 million special counsel investigation—one designed to find him guilty of Russian “collusion” and thus to be removed from office but found no actionable offenses at all.
Instead, dejected Democrats moved immediately for a second try. In September 2019 a few weeks after Trump had announced his 2020 reelection bid, the Democratic House began to impeach the president on the new grounds that he had talked to the President Zelensky of Ukraine and said he might delay offensive arms shipments—unless the Ukrainians could demonstrate that they had ended corruption and, in particular, were no longer influenced by the Biden family quid pro quo shakedowns.
Trump was proven right: the Biden family is not just corrupt, but, in particular, Joe Biden as head of the family and Vice President had intervened in the internal politics of an aid recipient, by threatening not to delay but rather to cancel outright all U.S. aid to Ukraine—unless it fired Viktor Shokin, a Ukrainian prosecutor.”
His full piece is here.
David French has written a piece against the impeachment for the New York Times.
The Democrats have opened the door to all manner of government overreach. Something had to be done. Someone had to fight back. I, for one, am glad that they are.
What do you think, readers?
People claiming that “going after” the Democrats or Joe Biden or whatever is just tit-for-tat or, worse, just out of revenge, are missing the entire point and exercise of the Rule of Law.
Everything they threw (and continue to throw) at Trump, from the totally fraudulent Russia collusion hoax set up by Hillary and John Brennan and Obama, or the utterly absurd impeachment circuses were ALL not only made up from whole cloth, but were also ALL egregiously unlawful, in so many ways shaped and forms it would be hard to list the laws that were broken in those efforts.
The indictments they are trying to bury Trump under likewise are so foul they should stink up a court room with their twisted legal machinations.
The Jan 6th event was the cherry on the sundae of illegal set-ups in an effort to crush the entire MAGA movement and lay the groundwork for trying Trump for insurrection for refusing to be silent about their other mind blowingly illegal coup via rigging the 2020 election!
We’re going after them FOR BREAKING THE LAW, which is exactly what we should be doing!
They go after us so they can continue to break it over our heads.
Time to turn the tables…in the right direction.
I "converted" to the Republican party to vote for Trump, and I plan on making it three times a charm. I voted for him for his policies. I am well aware of the man's shortcomings, but I'm not having him over for dinner, I'm asking him to do an impossible, thankless job, one he did it better than I expected. My belief is that for the run-of-the-mill American, the treachery, grift, corruption and casual disregard for everything Americans hold dear by the Democrat party calls for radical action on our part, and impeaching this horrific President is Step 1 on a long road to repair this once great nation. I am all in, I don't care what my "friends" think of my Trump vote, I don't care what names I'm called, I don't care about anything anyone says anymore. I care about this country and there is one man who has proven himself to be the capable warrior it needs, and that is Donald J. Trump.
At this point, no reasonable person could dispute the need for there to be an impeachment inquiry into the Biden's corrupt dealings. We've come from "Joe knows nothing of Hunter's dealings," to "yeah, Biden was on the line in twenty phone meetings, and cash has been distributed to a couple of generations or more of Bidens, but Joe did not get any of it, at least not that we know of." Please. I think the technical term is a "predicate" for the investigation. We've got that.
First, there needs to be a full, complete, non-stonewalled investigation into the Biden influence peddling empire, and if the facts confirm what seems to be the case now, the House needs to proceed with impeachment. Simple as that, the integrity of the entire system is at stake, and maybe the security of the country.
At this point, the Biden Administration appears possibly to be the most corrupt in American history, and demands investigation. What the Dems did to Trump has nothing to do with it.
With each passing day, we hear about more & more evidence of not only Biden family corruption but also related Justice dept, FBI, CIA, IRS & other deep state agency corruption. The evidence is corroborated by documents, emails, whistleblowers and massive amounts of financial paper trails. If ever there was a time for government overhaul & an outsider president, it’s now.
I think until the media decides to stop covering for the corruption of the Dems and Deep State Republicans, this circus is going to continue because the left are so incredibly drunk on orange man bad, they simply can not see straight.
We are losing our country and sometimes, one has to lose everything before they see truth. I’m just trying to keep an even temperament toward those who are blindly following or won’t vote Republican if Trump is on the ticket.
As Jesus said... father forgive them, for they know not what they do.
When they say there is no evidence for impeachment, Democrats are projecting -- yet again!
You are absolutely correct that the republicans should begin an inquiry. The democrats have been on the offensive for quite a long time now. The democrats have no respect for the truth. It is all about winning, power and control. They have become everything they have accused conservatives, Trump and MAGA to be - authoritative. They censor news, close schools and businesses, unleash the FBI on opponents and attempted to force vaccines. Biden and his crime family need to be investigated immediately.
I'm for the inquiry and - if evidence is found - impeachment. I read both Victor Davis Hanson's piece and David French's and I find Hanson credible and truthful while French is not truthful and manipulative. In the end, millions of dollars went to Biden's family members. Millions. That's not just smoke, it's flames. Biden has acquired far more than his salaries would be capable of. More flames. 150 Suspicious Activity Reports. More flames.
A lot of this was revealed in Peter Schweitzer's 'Secret Empires'. The guy, Biden, has been selling outcomes for years. He's totally compromised and the only people who can trust him are the people who can destroy him with these revelations.
I've come to the conclusion that this is why the deep state hates Trump. They really have nothing on him and he's about a thousand times smarter than they are. They can't control him so they hate him and they've tried their level best to destroy him. At this point, their frustration will be the biggest danger Trump faces.
I don't know about everybody else here, but I have a deep sense that something really bad is about to happen. There is no healing out there. The Establishment is going to become ever more hysterical and our side is not going to acquiesce.
If only the Jews had negotiated more fairly with the Nazis.
If that statement seems absurd to you, then don't even think about playing fair with the progressive machine. It has never played fair, and never will. We stop them, or they destroy us. There is no in between. There is no give and take. There is no being reasonable.
I have a longtime friend she says down the middle but still insists in Trump mean tweets. I asked her the other day (she has a foul mouth). WHAT would YOU do if someone attacked you every day for more than 7 years? You wouldn’t sit back and take it. For the first time she was silent…..
I’m so tired of stupid people I love!
I agree that Biden should be impeached but I also agree with Kash Patel that it is more important to go after Christopher Wray and Merrick Garland. In the end Joe Biden is just a puppet -- a corrupt, lying, demented puppet, but a puppet nevertheless. I don't think it comes as a surprise to anyone in Washington that Joe Biden has been on the take for years.
But what I think is more important is the blatant politicization of our Department of "Justice". I would like to see the people who used, and continue to use our our justice system, to punish the people with whom they have political disagreements. Our country can survive a corrupt political hack like Joe Biden but it cannot survive a corrupt justice system in which the people have no faith.
Not reading the French piece against impeaching Biden, as the only credible argument IS to impeach Biden. All the hacks and swine are lined up to defend the indefensible -- saw it all over Twitter today, with the usual liars who can be counted on from the "Democrat" party, including Swalwell, Cheney, Schiffhead, Nadler, et al.
As I read the lay of the land, connecting this to Trump's impeachment as "revenge" is simply another faux Democrat narrative.
One need only look at Biden's record since he was installed in office to see multiple impeachable offenses. What I don't understand is why they're not proceeding on two tracks simultaneously: Impeachment and invoking the 25th Amendment. There's no argument that can be made that Biden is in any way mentally fit to be the president of the United States.
And I will bring Trump into the discussion as to the 25th Amendment. The rot that is the party formerly known as the Democrat party was trying to use the 25th Amendment against someone who had his mental capacity.
We truly are living in a period where truth, evidence and reality are completely disregarded -- and that would be by the Banana Republic Party, formerly the Democrat Party.
“William Roper: “So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!”
Sir Thomas More: “Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?”
William Roper: “Yes, I'd cut down every law in England to do that!”
Sir Thomas More: “Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man's laws, not God's! And if you cut them down, and you're just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake!”
― Robert Bolt, A Man for All Seasons: A Play in Two Acts
Truth is more important than politics. We are in a long season of untruth. So yes, for the impeachment inquiry. We must get back on a “truth footing,” without which the government can’t be trusted to promote our welfare or protect us.
The best of us as a nation was our favored belief in equality of personhood alone. We weren't equal because of skin color but despite skin color. We weren't equal because we were rich or poor but despite our financial condition. The democrats broke this pact of equality and by so doing they have announced a new doom. It will be theirs or it will be the nation's. We shall see.
The real shame of this impeachment process is the object failure of our DOJ and FBI. They should have been investigating the schemes of Hunter's a long time ago. What about FARA? A lot has been uncovered by the GOP in Congress, but how much more would be known if the FBI would just do their job? The recent political influence in the DOJ- from the Mar-a-Largo raid, to the many dubious Trump charges past and present, etc. etc. is the big story here. Equal justice in America has been corrupted. This sorry state of affairs will take an extra amount of work and fortitude if our Country is ever to right itself in the gaze of a blind Miss Liberty Justice. Garland and Ray need to go. Trump really fumbled the ball when he didn't clean out those two agencies of partisans when Trump was in office. Barr wasn't any better, either. Even though Trump thought he would be an asset. A total failure of equal treatment under the law.
We want the truth. We want bank deposits, shadow corporations, aliases, e-mails and telephone calls, especially the ones to Hunter Biden's cell phone that were answered by the "Big Guy" himself. We must have an end to this "shadow regime" of corrupted thugs.
The Founders did not envision that actual adults elected to office would be intent on destroying their own country. They did not envision a press that could be so incredibly unaccountable to the truth. They did not envision the perils of communism because it wasn't invented yet.
I will just quote hunter Biden when he emailed his daughter.....I hope you all can provide for the entire family like I have for the last 30 years. It is really hard. But don't worry unlike pops I won't make you give me half your salary. I say impeachment yesterday, impeachment today, impeachment tomorrow. America deserves to know if their president is a crook.
Biden should be impeached because there are strong indications he was taking bribes. That is grounds for impeachment even though he did them while VP and probably as a senator.
As for David French, the man is an idiot. We're from the same neck of the woods. He went to Harvard and was brainwashed. I gave up on him when he started ranting about the Confederate flag, He's been an anti-Trumper since day one. Why anyone pays ANY attention to him is beyond me.
1) My Political Junkie Self: We need some move toward impeachment in order to avoid our moderates in swing districts being knocked off (in the primaries) by radicals too far out to win. How far this move should go is less than clear to me. The pointlessness of a Senate trial could well do us a lot of harm.
2) My Would-Be Lawyer Self: We need to be ready to cite chapter and verse about the evidence, which is hardly "zero". I heard Dan Bongino doing that as I was marathon driving, but I do not remember all the cases. The only ones I can think of now are a) H paying J's electric bill, b) H complaining about how much of his money he had to give to J, c) H and J splitting a 10 million dollar kickback from the Ukrainian aid package back in 2014(?). d) the Bidens setting up various shell companies to get H's money to other Bidens, e) various trips together on Air Force 2, f) various meeting involving J's looming intimidatory presence ("We wouldn't want anything bad to happen to you"), and g) at least one "suspicious activity report" (apparent money laundering) from a bank. I would appreciate it if others could tell me what I am forgetting ... it's a lot to remember!
I have NO faith in the ability (or willingness) of Republicans to do the right thing, ie, drive Biden from office.
I have no faith of any kind at this point.
David French has become totally ideological and has forgotten basic legal precepts - or perhaps he realizes his audience ill informed and he can make a quick buck off of them because they’ll never bother to check his BS.
As lawyer Jeff Childers wrote today …
“It’s impossible to argue about evidence without first defining terms. So let’s start by defining what “evidence” is, under the law, since the legal standard is what applies to impeachment inquiries. Don’t let anyone gaslight you on the definition of “evidence.” Here’s how Black’s Law Dictionary, a recognized authority that can be cited in legal memoranda, defines “evidence:”
“Something, including testimony, documents, and tangible objects, that tends to prove or disprove the existence of an alleged fact; anything presented to the senses and offered to prove the existence or nonexistence of a fact.”
Jeff also wrote to counter the never ending media obfuscation ….
“An impeachment inquiry can be opened in two ways. The first, traditional, way is a vote of the full House of Representatives, which until President Trump’s term was the only way you could do it. The new second way has been called the “Pelosi Precedent,” where the Speaker of the House can just “announce” an impeachment inquiry, and bingo-bongo, you’re cooking with gas. That’s how former Speaker Pelosi started the Trump impeachments, both of them, breaking from prior procedure and creating a whole new easier and faster way.
It was turbo impeachment! So, that’s what Kevin McCarthy did. He just followed the Pelosi Precedent and announced the impeachment. It only takes one person now.”
YES! Democrat overreach has reached such obvious unconstitutional proportions that for the Republicans not to fight back would implicate them in crimes against the American people.
From the moment DJ Trump came down the escalator he had a target on his back. The American people were tired of the pontificating, nauseating day after day BS from a man who did nothing for the American people but divided a country with the race card. Hillary Clinton who was just as bad as acid reflux at 2am felt entitled to "break the imaginary glass ceiling" and was adored by her pathetic brain dead press corp and followers ( 😳 )but the American people said NO ! Hillary and her loser posse the Progressive Democrats declared war on the American citizens choice of DJ Trump and come hell or high water they were going to impede his agenda and make sure he was defamed and out of office for good.
Through lies, denial (Hunters Laptop story from Miranda Devine NYPost & Tony Bobalinski's confession) and corrupt voting JR Biden became President in 2020.
The American people who actually voted said WTF happened ? And thankfully some in Congress did too.
What was discovered was Hunters Laptop was indeed real and full of information that led to the discovery of JR Bidens knowledge of Hunters business dealings of which Joe said he knew nothing about. "He lied directly to the faces of the American people."
Bad Joe !
Moving forward this impeachment inquiry is just an inquiry but truth be said JR Biden could end all of this inquiring by taking a polygraph test or simply testify before Congress tomorrow if he is "truly clean". But he won't.
What he will end up doing because he is such a pathetic President (and VP is worse) is step aside before he is hog tied with charges.
Tit for tat ? No. DJTrump was victim of a woman who felt entitled (thank god we missed that bullet). Joe R. Biden is a victim of his own making.
TRUMP 2024 !
Thanks for opening this up! I understand the committees have been doing their due diligence & are getting blocked every step of the way but it's completely reckless NOT to try Brandon & Co. because his actions have truly been egregious. We're not even talking about double standards at this point but NO standards, simply the ability of those in power to manipulate & do to their enemies as they will. That Ukraine has long been a sinkhole, with the added bonus of possibly leading to a nuclear confrontation, is something a country with a free press would have been alerted to, say, maybe in 2014? Maybe earlier? The few sane souls to even suggest such things have been increasingly marginalized, labeled carriers of water for Putin etc. The late Prof. Stephen Cohen, an actual scholar of Russia, was increasingly raked over the coals by a liberal/left/progressive media that once greatly respected him, for his eminently sane positions & the fact that The Tucker Carlson Show, for instance, was one of the last places that regularly consulted him. The fact that there could even be a discussion over the idea of going ahead with at least an impeachment inquiry (everyone knows an actual impeachment will be next to impossible), is almost shocking to me. Of course there needs to be an inquiry &, perhaps, something might actually leak into the mainstream press & make people understand the depth & corruption at play. More importantly, the contempt with which the current White House resident holds the citizenry in, is unlike anything I've ever seen, & the more it can be exposed through his history of corruption, the better.
What will be telling is not only what is revealed in the investigation, but the level of interference that will be thrown in the way of the investigators. The people of this country need to see what they have bought into if they sit on their hands and do nothing. It is time to pull back the curtain and get the truth out there.
I’m only ticked off that Gaetz had to finally threaten McCarthy, so he’d finally keep his word! We have just 1-1/4 yrs before the democrats go forward with the 3rd, steal. They were successful in ‘20 & ‘22, so you can be confident, they’ll go for broke.
At a minimum, an impeachment inquiry will demonstrate to the American people the stunning level of corruption and compromise that exist in the oval office.
Agree. They need to fight back. The Democrats will stop at nothing. Doing nothing in response will only make things worse. The Democrats are freaking out. I heard a few already starting a new narrative, that if the Republicans do an investigative inquiry, they will crash the economy, because they ‘aren’t working for the American people.’ We all know the state of the economy and where it’s headed, and so do the Democrats. They want to blame the inevitable crash of the economy on the Republicans and everything else, too.
Of course he must be impeached. It is so incredibly hypocritical for the dems to use this excuse. They must be pretty sure the media will cover for them. The only way to beat a bully is to knock them on they're ass.
Multiple individuals stood by and watched an impeachment for asking about Biden bribes when the FBI/DoJ had both the Hunter laptop (which it had verified) and the sworn testimony of a Ukrainian informant they thought enough of to be paying for information all proving exactly what Trump was asking about.
There's a real bad smell at Justice. Maybe it works like it did when J Edgar Hoover ran the place. He had dirt on everyone so nobody challenged him. That means only someone from outside the DC environment has any chance of reforming it.
David French was the first to jump to the White House's order to circle the wagons around President John Peters.
I wonder if French thinks that banks issue SARs to the IRS just for fun, especially over 170 of them having to do with foreign transfers to members of the Biden family?
Finally is how I feel about impeaching Biden.
Joe Biden is senile and we’re in trouble.
I have always thought that the concept of reversing the situation is revealing. The only problem is that left, the democrats and apparently even a couple of Republican senators, won’t admit that if it were Trump suspected of doing even HALF of what old Joe has done they would have had Trump facing more than an inquiry.
I’m glad the inquiry has been announced, finally. I have been following the committee’s that are doing all the investigations and they have the proof of the criminal actions of Biden and his family. He has sold our country off and I believe even the war in Ukraine are part of it. There is no way all that money we have sent are on the up and up. Even the Ukraines don’t have a clue where all the money has gone. The madness needs to stop.
There have to be consequences for all that had happened. We all see what a corrupt nation we have become. They have to be held to account.
Consider this article below from a political science professor. In the section, “Race: Students for Fair Admissions vs Harvard College” he says “The new constitutional rule is that the equal protection clause is a promise to treat all citizens of all races the same, rather than the alternative understanding of the clause’s promise to move society toward equity among racial groups, which allows or even encourages the differential treatment of some groups in order to make up for past injustices.”
He’s interpreting the Constitution through the lens of Woke “social justice” which sees the world in terms of “oppressors” (whites) vs the “oppressed” (“people of color” in general and blacks in particular.) These are the type of judges though that Biden is appointing to the federal courts. Vivek says he will issue an Executive Order banning race based affirmative action on his first day if elected. That’s exactly the opposite of what Biden did on his first day in office which was to issue an Executive Order to replace meritocracy wherever it can be found with Equity aka Equal Outcomes. This is now an irreconcilable difference in America between the Woke vs the nonWoke. This is an impossible situation. A totally unworkable society.
“A constitutional revolution is underway at the Supreme Court, as the conservative supermajority rewrites basic understandings of the roots of US law.”
Yahoo News. The Conversation. Sept 13, 2023
Morgan Marietta, Professor of Political Science, University of Texas
David French is a joke, a fake "conservative," which is the only kind the NYT allows. Fench asks
where is the evidence. Just look at that video of Biden ordering the removal of the Ukrainian prosecuror. And when can we see the full Hunter laptop contents (minus the porn, thank you)? Bump recently was taken down as a Dem toady by Noam Dworman. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYto2Rf_xcg
As a reporter and Substacker who covers politics, I was very insulted the Biden White House did NOT send me a letter telling me how to cover the inquiry so I wrote about my hurt feelings like I'm told you're supposed to do now:
An impeachment inquiry is fully justified. The Biden-controlled executive branch is doing everything possible to conceal Joe's involvement in the family influence peddling/attempted bribery scheme. If Joe did nothing illegal, he will come clean on exactly how involved he was. If his activities were technically legal but politically embarrassing, he would be better off admitting to those activities rather than doing the most damaging thing: covering them up.
The danger for Republicans is that during public hearings they will do what elected Congresspeople do 99.999% of the time: they will grandstand for the cameras, trying to get their soundbites on TV news. If Republicans are genuinely serious about Biden corruption, they will do what the Watergate committee did in the 1970s - have competent litigators do most of the examining of the witnesses. Give the Republican counsel 60-90 minutes to examine a witness, then give the Democratic counsel equal time, back and forth. If Republicans don't want this impeachment inquiry to be regarded as blatant partisanship, then they will conduct themselves like serious professionals rather than like publicity hounds and glory seekers.
VDH is great, one of my favorite people to listen to and read.
I agree that Biden shouldn't be impeached 'just because' Democrats did it, but there's plenty of reason to impeach him on the merits. I've talked to a lot of centrist types who say we shouldn't make this a regular thing and two wrongs don't make a right. But this isn't a wrong first off. And second, if you use that as your rule then it effectively lets left wing radicalism become a shield for them. They can impeach like crazy and then guess what, you can't respond no matter what! You gotta be better. Classic Marquess of Queensbury rules. No more of that. Time to give them some of their own medicine.
Jeese, Grace of God! Overdue... and wondering how much the Burizma story might've contributed to the bloody loss of life in Ukraine. A cover -up?
Victor Davis Hanson's podcast has replaced Joe Rogan's while I'm working out.
Biden is obviously corrupt and probably has committed treason, which is not a trivial statement. Accelerated events and actions since 2020 have created an urgent set of circumstances for the Republic. We must elect a leader who will be clear eyed toward turning this around. Political calculus (deliberate steps) are necessary at this time. I am not sure whether an impeachment inquiry is an aid or deterrent in that regard. Thoughts Sasha?
I don't like it at all, but he's definitely more deserving than Trump.
I think the Republicans have no choice. This is the only way they will be able to enforce the subpoenas they will issue to get all the bank records that will tie Biden to all the corruption. The DOJ, FBI, and CIA will be working overtime to block all this as they are all involved in the cover up
I don't know how this will play out, but I know who does and I trust Him completely.🙏