When Speaker Kevin McCarthy called for an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden’s various corrupt actions, several reporters called me.
Every one of them began their questions with the assumption that there was no evidence of Biden wrong-doing, and the inquiry was a purely partisan exercise.
None of them seemed to understand what an impeachment inquiry is. The point of any inquiry is to question if there might be evidence of crimes large enough to justify impeachment.
The inquiry is a prelude — not an act of impeachment. If sufficient proof is found during the inquiry, the next stage is an impeachment. If a thorough review of the information does not indicate any serious wrongdoing, the matter is dropped.
The question at this stage is whether there are enough suspicious facts and knowledgeable witnesses to raise questions that need answering.
Here are some key parts of the committee’s report. If anyone asks you why there is an impeachment inquiry, this will equip you with an authoritative and factual answer.
The key questions are: First, whether Joe Biden was actively helping his son make money while in office; and second, did Joe Biden get significant money for his help?
The impeachment inquiry is going to produce a lot more material. These items below are only the beginning. Much of this came directly from the Committee on Oversight, with some of my commentary.
On July 20, 2023, Devon Archer, Hunter Biden’s former business partner, testified that “Joe Biden was “The Brand” and was used to send “signals” of power, access and influence to enrich the Biden family from foreign sources.”
Archer testified that then-Vice President Biden was on a speakerphone more than 20 times to prove Hunter had access to power.
“In February 2014, then-Vice President Joe Biden dined with oligarchs from Russia and Kazakhstan who funneled millions of dollars to Hunter Biden and his business associates.” That dinner occurred at Café Milano and no one questions that it happened.
“In April 2015, then-Vice President Biden dined with Hunter Biden’s foreign business associates, including Ukrainian Burisma executive Vadym Pozharsky. Burisma was then being investigated by Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin for corruption.
“Using the pseudonym “Robert L. Peters,” Vice President Biden was informed by his staff of a call in 2016 with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. Copied on that official email? Hunter Biden, who was sitting on the board of the Ukrainian company Burisma.
“In May 2017, James Gilliar, a Biden family associate, emailed Hunter Biden and other associates to formalize how they would divide the profit from their deal with CEFC, a Chinese Communist Party-linked energy company. Gilliar indicated Joe Biden would receive 10%, which has been confirmed by former Biden family associate, Tony Bobulinski.
“On May 20, 2017, James Gilliar told Tony Bobulinksi, another business associate, ‘Don’t mention Joe being involved, it’s only when u are face to face[.] I know u know that but they are paranoid.’
“In a Sept. 21, 2017, email, Hunter Biden wrote that Joe Biden is his business partner and provided Joe Biden’s personal cell phone if the recipient seeks confirmation. Emails also show that Hunter Biden, CEFC officials and Joe Biden would share offices under the Hudson West/CEFC/Biden Foundation name.
“On July 30, 2017, Hunter Biden demanded money from Chinese business associates and threatened that Joe Biden was sitting next to him: “If I get a call or text from anyone involved in this other than you … I will make certain that between the man sitting next to me and every person he knows and my ability to forever hold a grudge that you will regret not following my direction.
“On Aug. 3, 2017, Hunter Biden claimed, ‘The Biden’s are the best I know at doing exactly what the Chairman wants from this partnership. Please let’s not quibble over peanuts.’ The Chairman is Ye Jianming, a Chinese billionaire tied to a CCP intelligence gathering agency. Ye stated that CEFC China’s vision “is to obtain overseas resources and serve the national strategy.
“As Vice President, Joe Biden allowed his son to travel on Air Force Two with him to court business around the world. Vice President Biden brought Hunter Biden along to at least 15 countries where he sold ‘The Brand’ to enrich the Biden family.
“Hunter Biden’s business associates reportedly visited the White House more than 80 times when Joe Biden was vice president.
“The FBI’s June 30, 2020, FD-1023 form contains allegations that then-Vice President Joe Biden allegedly engaged in an extortion scheme where he was paid $5 million in exchange for certain actions.
“Hunter’s pitch to Chinese investors was access to his father, Joe Biden. In September 2011, while his father was vice president, Hunter wrote in an email that his value to Chinese investors ‘has nothing to do with me and everything to do with my last name.’
“In 2019, Hunter Biden texted his daughter, claiming that, ‘unlike Pop I won’t make you give me half your salary.’
Clearly there must be an inquiry — and we must get the facts.