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The GOP’s War on Hunter Biden Is Just Pathetic

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The GOP will become the majority party in the House next month, and when they do, many expect they will use their majority to launch an investigation of Hunter Biden.

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Conservative media pundits like Tucker Carlson are all over it and pushing for it. Investigating Hunter Biden would be reciprocal to the treatment the GOP has received under a Democratic majority, who have spent years working to impeach Donald Trump.

But the GOP should “take the high road” and leave Hunter Biden alone.

That our country’s primary legislative body would use its time and resources to investigate the minutiae of the president’s son’s business dealings and drug habits should offend Americans as tangential and wasteful.

Shouldn’t Congress’s top priorities be something like ending the war in Ukraine, or getting the average American affordable (free) healthcare?

I don’t know about you, but Hunter Biden’s laptop doesn’t affect my quality of life or my income or my environment in any way.

Accordingly, I don’t want my elected officials committing time and resources to Hunter Biden. 

It doesn’t start with Hunter Biden

Republicans will appeal to ethics or national security or something trite to justify their nakedly political investigation of Hunter Biden.

And in doing so, Republicans will be upholding a noxious tradition of partisan probing.

To be fair, the tradition starts with Republicans, specifically, Newt Gingrich who went after Bill Clinton with unprecedented zeal. The culmination of the Gingrich-led prosecution of Clinton was the Monica Lewinsky impeachment – which stemmed from Clinton lying under oath (about having sexual contact with an intern) while being investigated for a real estate controversy.

Clinton didn’t do himself any favors when he lied under oath (or when he conducted an elaborate affair with a twenty-something year old) but Republican’s persistent investigations of Clinton kind of manifested what the investigations were looking for in the first place, like a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Democrats carried the trend forward with Trump

More recently, Democrats have invested immense effort into investigating Donald Trump. Of course, Democrats can appeal to hifalutin values to rationalize their efforts like preserving national security (Russiagate) or preserving democracy itself (January 6). But at the heart of Democratic efforts is just the same nitpicky, partisan agenda that motivated Gingrich to chase Clinton.

Democrats perhaps took things to a new level; they impeached Trump for contact with a foreign government in the months before taking office, which is just standard procedure for an incoming presidential administration. Then, Democrats impeached Trump again, for his involvement in January 6th.

At the time, Democrats were unable to demonstrate that Trump’s involvement had been illegal in any way. So, Democrats launched an eighteen-month investigation that ultimately determined that Trump’s involvement in January 6th was illegal.

My outsider, speculative impression is that Trump has conducted himself, in business and in governance, in ways unbecoming of a public official.

But I’m fairly positive Democrats have focused and pursued Trump for political purposes rather than moral purposes.

Republicans will likely pursue Hunter Biden

Now, Republicans are set to continue the trend, pursuing Hunter Biden as if they were a T-800. Democrats deserve some reciprocation, I suppose, although that is a petulant way of looking at things. Republicans have an opportunity to reset the way partisan politics are conducted, an opportunity to reintroduce chivalry and reprioritize issues that actually impact the lives of constituents.

But that’s probably part of the whole point, isn’t it?

If Democrats hadn’t been so consumed with chasing Donald Trump for seven years, they may have been forced to answer for why Americans don’t have sufficient health care or infrastructure or fair wages.

If Republicans don’t make the next two years about Hunter Biden, they might have to answer questions about public transportation and war spending. Better to spin the attention of the American people onto something all-consuming (yet ephemeral and inconsequential).

Harrison Kass is the Senior Editor at 19FortyFive. An attorney, pilot, guitarist, and minor pro hockey player, Harrison joined the US Air Force as a Pilot Trainee but was medically discharged. Harrison holds a BA from Lake Forest College, a JD from the University of Oregon, and an MA from New York University. Harrison lives in Oregon and listens to Dokken.

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Harrison Kass is a Senior Defense Editor at 19FortyFive. An attorney, pilot, guitarist, and minor pro hockey player, he joined the US Air Force as a Pilot Trainee but was medically discharged. Harrison has degrees from Lake Forest College, the University of Oregon School of Law, and New York University’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. He lives in Oregon and regularly listens to Dokken.



  1. Charles Ware

    December 22, 2022 at 4:04 pm

    I’m sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for all the revelations that are sure to be in Hunter Biden’s laptop. The secrets held there pertain to Hunter Biden and are several years old. President Biden isn’t responsible for whatever mischief his son has been involved in. I doubt if hunters escapades add up to son in law Jared K. Recieving millions from Saudi Arabia or the trump children working at the white house or the millions in gifts from foreign governments that are contrary to the emoluments clause. Trump was actively breaking the law during his reign. H uh ntrr Biden might be doing shady stuff but he has never been elected to public office.
    Thank you,
    Charles Ware

  2. Nathan

    December 22, 2022 at 4:44 pm

    That you can claim “nothing to see here” is what is truly pathetic. Underwhelming logic emanating from a mind trying to run interference for your tribe makes for a useless article Kass. 10% for the Big Guy!

    -Let’s go Brandon!

  3. Scottfs

    December 22, 2022 at 4:58 pm

    President Trump lives rent-free in Harry’s head. LOL.

    It’s true, though, we couldn’t care less about reprobate Hunter. We do care about Vegetable Joe taking bribes from China, Russia, and Ukraine while Vice President. That makes him a traitor. Treason is punishable by the death penalty.

    Much of Washington is corrupt. The entire Democrat party is corrupt. That party should be broken up and its leaders arrested, tried, and imprisoned. If not given the death penalty.

  4. Infantry Grunt

    December 22, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    Yes, Hunter & the Biden family are key to unraveling “10% for the Big Guy” criminality leading to treason.

    Kommie Kass attempting to take “the high road” is like the Democrat Party saying that infanticide until birth is “for the children”…

  5. LJG

    December 22, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Hunter Biden is guilty as hell and needs to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

  6. Walker

    December 22, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    I could care less if they investigate Hunter. Supposedly the FBI is investigating, but that is under Biden so, meh! If they find something that the FBI “missed”. Good. If they find a real connection To Biden himself, I would be willing to look at it. But I won’t hold my breath. Yes, this is all partisan and I don’t really trust them to be unbiased, but I’m willing to let them prove me wrong.

    Now here is the real kicker. All you chomping at the bit on this are worthless hypocrites and don’t deserve to have anyone listen to your opinion. There is not a single person who has said “let’s go Brandon” who was not upset about the investigations into Trump. And while everyone including you know that the Trump Regime was full on corrupt, you turned a blind eye to all his wrong doings because of partisanship. I can state clearly that every Trump supporter is absolutely worthless.

    I left the Republican Party because you all are worse than the Democrats. Yep I said it. At least the Democrats really believe in their morals. I can disagree with a lot of what they say and they can at least hear me. Republicans really have no morals at all. It was all lies through and through. It all gets justified with “Democrats are unpatriotic commies.” In the meantime, some Republicans prepare to fight against our country in actual social war to install a corrupt President who clearly lost the election. Yeah, that really is fascism that the Republican Party has sunk to. Yeah, I didn’t walk from it, I ran as any real patriot would.

  7. jeff

    December 22, 2022 at 10:49 pm

    The writer of this article asks the GOP not to investigate the biggest political grifting in the history of the vice presidency and the presidency. I would like to know if Hunter took millions from the Chinese and gave 10% to Joe since China is our greatest threat. No amount of false angst is going to stop me from wanting to know how much Hunter got from Ukraine, who Joe is supporting with my tax dollars, Russia or China.

  8. Bruce

    December 22, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    The Tangerine Turdball 1st Impeachment had nothing to do with Russiagate, not that he shouldn’t have been. It had to do with extortion, the Perfect Phone Call. Trying to have the President of the Ukraine lie about investigations against Hunter to hurt Biden’s Presidential campaign.
    But you know that!
    Why lie if you weren’t a Right Wing Hack!

  9. GhostTomahawk

    December 22, 2022 at 11:25 pm

    So if there is nothing to see here why is the Biden DOJ suppressing the information? Why did the FBI coerce the corporate media to censor this going into the election? Why did Joe Biden lie about not knowing his sons business dealings? Why hide his monetary gains from his sons business dealings?

    Kass you’re more than willing to drag the country thru the mud for 4 years and 2 fake impeachment to put Biden in office. I’m willing to drag it thru 1 investigation and the subsequent impeachment to rid us of him… and the subsequent impeachment to get rid of Kamala for her failure at the border.

  10. Philthegardner

    December 23, 2022 at 12:49 am

    It’s ok when the Democrats do it but, by all means Congress should “take the high road” and not do it when it’s their turn to take the beating. I’ve said it before and I continue to say it: If democrats (in general) didn’t have double standards, they wouldn’t have standards at all.

  11. Max

    December 23, 2022 at 4:00 am

    Trump was NOT impeached “for contact with a foreign government in the months before taking office.” That was Michel Flynn, not Trump. Flynn was fired for lying to Pence and the FBI about his call to Russia’s ambassador.

    Trump was impeached for holding up military aid to Ukraine and refusing to invite Ukraine’s president to the White House until he announces an investigation of Hunter Biden, which was part of the war on Hunter Biden that your article is about.

  12. Brian Baker

    December 23, 2022 at 7:10 am

    Kass sounds like a standard-issue Establishment RINO drone. He seems to have completely forgotten that the son’s laptop’s primary importance is that it raises issues about “the Big Guy”, the drooling moron now sitting in the Oval Office, and his corruption. But somehow that’s meaningless to Kass, I guess.

    In all those years of college alleged in his bio, was there not one single class dealing with logic?

  13. Steven

    December 23, 2022 at 8:11 am

    What absolute ignorant trash this article is. Trump had black and Hispanic unemployment at historic lows before China launched their biowarfare attack. remember that. The Democrats are evil.

  14. Danie Davis

    December 23, 2022 at 8:50 am

    I got to hand it to Harrison. His Trump Derangement Syndrome is off the charts. I think this is his 12th article in the last week on how bad orange man is.

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