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.
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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.
February 2, 2023 at 4:10 pm
Why surprised politicians are talking prosecution?
This started with the Dims and pitiful press known as “mainstream media”. They accused, investigated, charged, and tried in the Senate a sitting President.
So why surprised ? Sauce for the goose and all that. . .
February 2, 2023 at 6:28 pm
The difference between Trump “crimes” and Biden “crimes” are stark.
Biden committed crimes that deal with national security issues and their sale for personal gain. This is literally treason.
Whatever alleged tax crimes Trump did… those are private. Who cares. All wealthy people dodge taxes.
February 3, 2023 at 7:54 am
Why is it that the Conservative Media educates the people that a President of the United States has the power to de-classify whatever classified material he wants. Whereas, a Vice-President – like Biden was when he had those documents – does not have that authority. That is the difference between Trump having such documents, versus Biden, Pence or any other Senators or Reps.
Whereas the woke Leftist Media is mouse-quiet about this difference between Presidents and Vice Presidents, spinning an accusation against Trump.
It’s unclear if Leftist like Kass know this, but he operates on the basis of “the ends justifies the means” to destroy the hated Trump? In other words, would Kass operate with the goal of destroying those who oppose the Democrat-Left; instead of having an inner neutral compass to stand for what is right?
February 3, 2023 at 9:21 am
It’s media malpractice when every network talking head can assert that there is no evidence that Joe Biden is caught up in the Hunter pay-for-play scandals when the networks refuse to interview Tony Bobulinski. Hunter’s former business partner has declared a willingness to be interviewed by any media outlet and yet has received zero calls. They willfully are ignoring the facts of the case so hey can spew falsehoods without any pushback. Until Bobulinski starts appearing on network news reports- the media will remain corrupt.
February 3, 2023 at 9:43 am
I think that forces within the Deep State want to get rid of Joe Biden. While the 2022 Midterm gave Biden extra confidence about running again, it also told the Deep State that they can win 2024 with just about any Democrat in the post-Roe era. Lots of terrible Democrat candidates won Senate seats and governorships in swing states. They don’t need a likeable faux moderate like Joe, they can dump the corrupt senile old fool and go with Kamala Harris, or anyone really. I’m sure there are KH partisans in the DOJ, and they are squawking and leaking like tweety birds. It should be fun to watch the long knives come out for Joey.
February 5, 2023 at 8:13 am
Kass ought to come clean.
Kass, back in October 2020, just weeks before the 2020 Trump vs Biden Election, when Twitter censored the New York Post’s story of the Hunter Biden laptop, were you one of the Leftist Media that used your journalistic clout to convince people that the laptop was Russian disinformation?
Come clean, Kass.