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Could Hunter Biden’s Laptop Mean Impeachment for Joe Biden?

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President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the situation in Afghanistan, Monday, August 16, 2021 in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

In the last few weeks, the New York Times and Washington Post declared the Hunter Biden laptop is officially a real story. In the last few weeks alone, we learned that a grand jury witness got a question about “the big guy;” and a new email emerged showing the now-White House chief of staff wanted some fundraising help from Hunter Biden’s business associates.

The deluge of news stories suggests federal prosecutors, maybe grand jurors, or at least someone privy to the proceedings in Delaware were apparently leaking tidbits to the media and that Hunter Biden – the son of President Joe Biden – is more than primetime cable fodder, a punchline, or the sympathetic prodigal son that he casts himself as in his memoir “Beautiful Things.”

The matter could grow beyond Hunter. As I wrote in “Abuse of Power,” the president’s brother James Biden partnered with Hunter in 2006, asserting, “We’ve got people all around the world who want to invest in Joe Biden.” In this instance, he was referring to Joe Biden ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The same sense of adventurism—mostly from Hunter—accelerated after Biden became vice president.

At best, Joe Biden’s family members—Hunter Biden being the most recognizable—were profiteering off the current president’s name and government positions. That’s unfortunately all too common among political families and one of the reasons folks describe Washington as the Swamp. But at worse (far from conclusive at this point) Joe Biden may have profited from his role as “the big guy” in one deal, and potentially others.

One of the younger Biden’s business partners—James Gilliar—proposed a percentage distribution for a planned deal with a Chinese energy company in March 2017—when the older Biden was a private citizen. The message said “10 held by H for the big guy?” Another Hunter business partner, Tony Bobulinski, said in 2020 that the “big guy” was Hunter’s father. This week, the New York Post reported a witness testifying to the federal grand jury was asked to identify the “big guy.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham recently said there should be a special counsel appointed to the case. Though the information emerging from the case implies that U.S. Attorney David Weiss doesn’t plan on burying the matter. If the matter heats up, the left will no doubt taunt him as a Trump appointee, but he is a career prosecutor endorsed by the state’s two Democrat senators. So, that won’t likely stick. Though, if the matter implicates the president in some way, it might trigger the requirement for a special counsel.

In this case the classic question, “What did the president know and when did he know it?” has been asked and answered several times. President Biden has denied even talking to his son about his business deals. White House chief of staff Ron Klain told ABC News on Sunday [April 3] that the president was confident his son didn’t violate the law and was leaving it to the Justice Department to conduct an independent inquiry.

However, Fox News reported last week on emails that show in 2012 that Klain—after recently leaving his post as the vice president’s chief of staff and began serving as chairman of the Vice President’s Residence Foundation—wanted the younger Biden’s help to raise $20,000 for sprucing up the vice presidential residence. “We need to keep this low low key, because raising money for the Residence now is bad PR … I’m trying to just collect the 10 checks of $2,000, get it done in a week.”

In isolation, Klain’s email message would be a nothing burger—and perhaps is still a nothing burger after context. But the context is that Klain, one of Biden’s closest associates for decades was almost certainly aware that Hunter Biden for years had some unsavory business alliances—some he had to publicly bail on when his father was put on the vice presidential ticket with Barack Obama in 2008. So it is worthwhile information that may or may not fit a larger puzzle.

The Washington Post even published a mea culpa editorial—with a couple of self-serving caveats—about how the laptop story should have gotten more attention in 2020 and the need for a media “reckoning.” That’s true in more ways than the editorial acknowledges. A poll in late November by the conservative Media Research Center of 1,750 Biden voters in the battlegrounds of Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin found that 45.1% were unaware of the Hunter Biden scandal censored by social media and largely ignored by the mainstream media. Out of those unaware, 9.4% said they would have abandoned Biden. That could have been enough to flip the election.

At the risk of digressing, at least 62% of Americans believe the Russian war crimes in Ukraine wouldn’t be happening now if the election had turned out differently, according to a Harvard poll. So, unreported or misreported news can have consequences.

It’s only April, enough time for everything to be legally resolved and the entire Biden family to be vindicated beyond question. But if questions remain unanswered or the investigation seems stalled and Republicans takeover even just the House in November, Rep. Jim Jordan will be the presumptive chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

If Jordan hesitates to call for an impeachment inquiry, Rep. Matt Gaetz and other GOP committee members are less likely to show the same restraint. In this scenario, presumptive Speaker Kevin McCarthy might prefer the legislative agenda not to get distracted by the I-word that would go no further in the Senate than the last three presidential impeachments going back to 1998. But McCarthy would have his own leadership post to defend. That would probably necessitate a special counsel as a compromise.

Recall that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was able to hold the impeachment hungry members of her caucus at bay by saying: Wait for the Robert Mueller report.

Only after the Mueller report failed to deliver what Democrats wanted, did Pelosi cave to the impeachment wing over the next shiny object to rationalize a Trump impeachment.

Even under the worst-case scenario—that President Big Guy (again, presuming they are the same) somehow benefitted from Hunter deals before he was president, what does that mean for his current presidency? Is it an offense against his current office? This might nevertheless lead to uncomfortable places. The only way to avoid speculation is to know the truth. For now, that’s up to U.S. Attorney Weiss.

Fred Lucas is chief national affairs correspondent for The Daily Signal and the author of “Abuse of Power: Inside The Three-Year Campaign to Impeach Donald Trump.”

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Fred Lucas is chief national affairs correspondent for The Daily Signal and co-host of "The Right Side of History" podcast. Lucas is also the author of "Abuse of Power: Inside The Three-Year Campaign to Impeach Donald Trump."

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Jim Janes

    April 15, 2022 at 10:48 am

    It very well could and should.. However. The roadblock is McCarthy if he is allowed to become the Speaker. As a good member in standing of the Uni-Party, he has said he won’t impeach JoeBama / The Potato. They can run impeachments on President Trump without any evidence, but JoeBama and his crackhead kid are up to the ears in corruption with overwhelming evidence and they refuse to impeach him. Unless the hammer is dropped down hard on this corrupt bunch of totalitarians, this is going to continue until the USA collapses or they finally seize ultimate power.

  2. Mark Matis

    April 15, 2022 at 3:04 pm

    Who do YOU think will start impeachment? That would have to start in the House. Of course, Nancy will act honestly. And if the GOP win this fall, we can rely on McCarthy to so you, do you not agree???

  3. Him

    April 18, 2022 at 9:16 am

    The Hunter Biden laptop itself is not the determinative issue. That’s because the existence of the laptop was made known to the American voting public since late 2020 before the last U.S. election through the New York Post articles (which got the NYP banned by Twitter).

    I did my part by forwarding the New York Post articles to my Democrat-friends but, without exception, all of them instantly dismissed it as misinformation – simply because the Media said it was misinformation.

    So this entirely is an exercise in convincing a Democrat-voting bloc that their side cheats.

    That! I tell you, is going to be as difficult as persuading a Russian troll that their glorious Russian leader Putin is evil.

    The problems are the same: both Democrats and Russians will follow their party, even if they know their party is committing evil. (I say this from personal experience from seeing how my Democrat-friends reacted, back in late 2020, on being told of the Hunter Biden laptop).

    The problem with the above article by Fred Lucas is it deals with facts — and it ignores that the average Democrat voter is not in the least persuaded by facts. The facts were already made public in late 2020 before the Election in the New York Post articles. So you’re not going to suddenly see a sudden turn around by presenting facts. Ample facts were already presented back in late 2020.

    This highlights a problem with conservatives – they think that by presenting facts, they can win.

    When faced with a Putin, or a Democrat Party that cheats in battleground counties, it’s like dealing with a bully. It takes a certain high-grade level of bully to have the effrontery to attack another large European country, or to cheat in a U.S. election.

    Instead you have to adopt the same tactics as the other side. Bullies only know a show of strength – and, right now, there are few Republicans who are even barking, let alone biting.

    With all the evidence that came out of the several State Senate Hearings held in all the battleground states – and backed up later by the Maricopa Arizona audit – and then by the Durham Report … why have there been no “bite” i.e. no indictments of Democrat crims?

    Having observed these Shenanigans in the authority structures of the way the U.S. political system is designed – whether it is in committees, Senates, Courts – there’s always one or two people that hold the swing vote in a balance of power. And consistently, it is those persons – irrespective of whether they are Republican or Democrat – they have vetoed it.

    Therefore, to the average person who has not followed this in detail, their natural assumption would be, if this has gotten nowhere in over a year, then there can’t have been any solid evidence to begin with. But the evidence has been blocked at every stage in its journey up the chain by single persons who held the determinative vote.

    And finally, you have to ask: why is the Hunter laptop again surfacing now? What happens if the vast majority of sleeping Americans are persuaded by the Media, this time, that the Hunter Biden laptop is true? If Brandon steps aside, who steps into his seat?

  4. Commentar

    April 18, 2022 at 3:50 pm

    This article explains a lot why old old joe is so gung-ho on confronting Russia’s putin and in the process, spilling Ukrainian blood, and tons of it.

  5. Jimmy John Doe

    April 18, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    Hunter’s laptop was once branded ‘russian disinformation’ and is the reason why Biden is determined to pursue Putin to the ends of the earth.

    Go, go, go, Biden !

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