The GOP Declares War on Joe Biden: The US political climate has become so partisan and so vindictive that parties and partisans now openly daydream about prosecuting their opponents – not degrading politically, or ousting from office, as has always been customary in US politics, but prosecution.
That prosecution is now so openly discussed suggests how caustic the political environment has become.
Liberals, for example, have been openly daydreaming about prosecuting former President Donald Trump for years. Trump has been impeached twice; the House’s Democrat-led January 6th committee recommended that the Justice Department charge Trump; other investigations into Trump’s conduct are under way. Trump could potentially be charged with a crime – which would mark the first time in US history a former president was ever charged criminally.
Trump may well have committed a crime – I can’t say. But the vigor with which Trump has been pursued speaks to the vindictive nature of our times. Democrats are about to learn, however, that the prosecutorial sword cuts in both directions; now President Biden is in the hot seat.
Are conservatives out to get Joe Biden?
Conservatives are starting to murmur whether Biden may be legally liable for…something…anything.
What exactly? I have no idea.
To my knowledge Biden has not done anything illegal, nor has he been plausibly accused of doing anything illegal. But the fact that partisans are starting to ask the question (can we stick Biden in jail?), again, speaks to the nature of our times – and offers a cautionary tale for how one wields power when one has power.
Namely, Democrats may come to regret the prosecutorial indiscretion with which they have consistently treated Trump. At the same time, they held power (or as the Ilhan Omar committee ousting suggests, the removal of Marjorie Taylor Green from her committee seats). Now that Republicans have come into a lower chamber majority, they will likely invert the prosecutorial pressure, and begin giving Dems a hard time.
While the GOP does not, to my knowledge, have anything substantial on President Joe Biden, the GOP is going to get as close to Biden as they can – which, at present, looks like that will mean going after the president’s son, Hunter.
House poised to investigate Hunter Biden
The GOP-controlled House will investigate Hunter Biden – that appears certain.
Hunter, for his part, is not standing by. Instead, Hunter’s attorneys have asked federal and state prosecutors “to investigate people he accused of accessing and disseminating personal data, and also threatened Fox News host Tucker Carlson with a defamation suit.”
Still, the heat will be on Hunter. The House Oversight Committee has an upcoming hearing on February 8th, “that is expected to focus on the laptop and Twitter Inc.’s efforts to limit access to the article about its purported contents.”
Twitter’s alleged efforts to suppress the Hunter Biden laptop story allegedly coincided with a larger effort amongst the mainstream media to suppress the story in the lead-up to the 2020 election, to prevent then-candidate Joe Biden from suffering any blowback.
Conservatives have been stewing about the alleged media manipulation for two years and are now, finally, poised to dole out some retribution. Whether conservatives uncover anything meaningful on Hunter Biden, and whether that anything implicates the president, will be difficult to authenticate – because we already know the committee is going to find something incriminating. Even before the committee has convened, we know.
That’s the nature of partisan vindictiveness. And that’s why reasonable people will likely take the committee’s findings with a grain of salt.
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.