Republicans are salivating that they may have a smoking gun that could destroy the Joe Biden presidency.
But will a FBI document that purports to show a bribery allegation against Biden be enough to undo him?
Conservatives have faulted the FBI for not allowing the U.S. House Oversight Committee to get their hands on the investigatory record that they believe is major evidence that could sink Biden.
FBI Director Christopher Wray, after much Congressional hectoring and a threat to hold him in contempt, finally allowed the chairman and ranking member of the committee to see the evidence behind closed doors.
Republicans Are On War Footing with the FBI
Chairman James Comer is still planning to pursue charges that Wray is in contempt of Congress. Comer wants to make the document public for the world to see but it is still considered classified due to FBI objections that it would put sources and methods at risk.
Democrats Doubt Anything Is Wrong
Democrat Ranking Member Jamie Raskin thinks the whole thing is much ado about nothing and the so-called “bribery” charge is based on “second-hand hearsay.” Comer contends that $5 million dollar bribery implication – money to the “big guy” for policy changes – happened when Biden was vice president and that it reveals a pattern of corruption.
This accusation dovetails into charges by conservatives that Hunter Biden is also rotten to the core. Fox News’ Sean Hannity has been accusing the Biden family of dirty deeds and he has new grist for his mill. Hannity thinks that the president’s son will get indicted soon. Hunter has been investigated for years for tax improprieties and allegedly lying on a federal firearms application. These charges would be potentially felonies and misdemeanors but not considered egregiously serious. Hannity believes that a public corruption investigation is something that authorities should pursue against Hunter and his father.
Hannity said on his nightly Fox program that “The allegations against Hunter are significant, but only because they implicate his father, the president, then vice president, and a possible bribery scheme, money in exchange for specific acts, for example. I don’t think most people really care about the sordid private life of a notorious loser, former crackhead, prostitute-loving Hunter Biden. We do care about public corruption and there is a mountain of evidence that is emerging that Joe Biden could be corrupt to the core and has been for some time.”
But the Bidens Are Slippery
Pursuing the Biden corruption case is tricky and no slam dunk. The White House controls the Department of Justice and Attorney General Merrick Garland is loyal to the president. At least one whistleblower has charged that the DOJ is slow-walking the case against Hunter for political reasons.
As far as the president and the bribery allegations, it is likely too soon to draw conclusions. The whole bribery thing could just be rumors. Comer and his staff have a long road to travel before this case becomes ripe for prosecution if it is indeed true.
It is important to note that no charges have been filed against Hunter or his father. However, Republicans are convinced that the Biden family corruption charges will be a significant issue in 2024. That’s why the FBI bribery document is so important. Conservatives want that in the public domain and the bureau wishes to keep it secret.
Wray believes he has cooperated with the committee so far and is not stonewalling the lawmakers. Democrats will not support a further investigation into the bribery charges for obvious reasons.
We Are All Victims and Democracy Suffers
But really, it is the American people who are losing here. Both parties say the other is corrupt. Donald Trump may be indicted in the classified documents scandal and Hunter may be formally charged, while his father is under a cloud of suspicion. Normal voters lose out when they believe that both parties are dirty. All these investigations will further divide the country. That’s why a significant number of ordinary Americans may refuse to vote in 2024. Or they could opt for a third party that would dilute their voting power. Some people consider third party support “throws your vote away.”
So, it is a sad state of affairs. People belonging to both political parties have dug in with their accusations that the government is filled with corrupt rascals. This scares our allies and emboldens our enemies when democracy is in such sad shape. But we at 19FortyFive will steadfastly keep you informed about the legal problems for both political parties as developments happen.
Author Expertise and Experience: Serving as 19FortyFive’s Defense and National Security Editor, Dr. Brent M. Eastwood is the author of Humans, Machines, and Data: Future Trends in Warfare. He is an Emerging Threats expert and former U.S. Army Infantry officer. You can follow him on Twitter @BMEastwood. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and Foreign Policy/ International Relations.