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What We Can Learn from Day 1 of the Biden Impeachment Inquiry

While Donald Trump, both as President of the United States, and also to the present day, has been the subject of multiple witch-hunts and hoxes perpetrated by Leftist-Democrats and the media ever since he announced his intent to run for President on June 16, 2015, and has been formally impeached by Congress not once but twice over partisan drivel, current President Joe Biden may have sold out his country through influence peddling.

This week we saw the opening day of what is known as in Impeachment Inquiry.

An Impeachment Inquiry is not the same thing as an actual impeachment. Instead, an Impeachment Inquiry is an investigation to determine whether there is evidence that suggests wrongdoing may have occurred. The Impeachment Inquiry may show that there is no real evidence that points to any serious wrong-doing on the part of Joe Biden (even if wrongdoing was done by others, such as his son or brother); or the outcome may be that while there is evidence of wrongdoing it simply is not egregious enough to warrant more than a slap on the wrist; or, it is possible the inquiry will establish that high crimes and misdemeanors have been committed by Joe Biden, at which point a full Impeachment Hearing would commence in the House of Representatives, and, if they find him guilty, the Senate would have to vote to either ratify the impeachment of the President or exonerate him.

I find it utterly fascinating to observe how both Republicans and Democrats conduct themselves in this necessary process.

First, let’s summarize the Democrat members of the Impeachment Inquiry. They seem to be putting forth three distinct responses during the inquiry:

  • There is not one shred of evidence of any kind against President Joe Biden that warrants this Impeachment Inquiry; it is nothing more than a partisan charade. House Minority Leader, Hakeen Jeffries, D-N.Y., said this: “Republican extremism is rearing its ugly head. They are wasting time and taxpayer dollars on an illegitimate Impeachment Inquiry when we’re about 48 hours away or so from an extreme MAGA, republican government shutdown — and this is what they’re focused on, an illegitimate impeachment inquiry as opposed to doing the business of the American people.” And Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., stated Republicans “don’t have a shred of evidence against President Biden for an impeachable offense.” Therefore, what? There shouldn’t be an inquiry? Does Raskin think this is an actual Impeachment Hearing?
  • Donald Trump, Donald Trump, Donald Trump! We hate Trump and that is what this Impeachment Inquiry should really be about! Texas Democratic Rep. Greg Casar said this: “My job is to defend the truth, while extremist Republicans try to defend Trump through their fact-free inquiry against President Biden.”
  • Since other Republicans have decried the Impeachment Inquiry, that must prove that the Impeachment Inquiry is baseless. And it’s true that a number of Republicans have made such claims. But whether such Republicans are privy to the evidence gathered so far against Joe Biden is another question entirely.

What is noteworthy is that the Democrats have not offered any intelligent analysis of the evidence that Republicans have presented against Joe Biden. Instead, the Dems have denied any such evidence exists, even after it is presented.

And what does that evidence consist of thus far? Consider the following:

  • According to Committee Chairman James Comer, “The bottom line is that the committee has shown the Bidens alone brought in over $15 million in their foreign influence peddling, over $24 million if you account for their associate’s earnings from the schemes.” What, exactly, did the Bidens do to earn the $24 million? Did they sell any product or service? Evidently not. They sold “the brand” and the brand was access to then Vice President Joe Biden. What, exactly, that access resulted in remains to be seen. And did Joe Biden himself profit financially from these large sums of money flowing into the Biden family coffers? We don’t know at this point.
  • Comer also stated: “We have established in the first phase of this investigation where this money has come from: Ukraine, Romania, Russia, Kazakhstan, China, it didn’t come from selling anything legitimate. It largely went unreported to the IRS. It was funneled through shell companies and third parties to hide the Biden’s fingerprints.” The Bidens established a tangled web of over 20 shell companies to hide the fact that these companies were run by various Biden family members. Why the secrecy? Did they have something nefarious to hide? We don’t know at this juncture, but it does not seem to pass the “smell test.”
  • Other troubling questions linger. For instance, why is it that Assistant U.S. Attorney Lesley Wolf of the Justice Department order both the FBI and the IRS investigators involved in the Hunter Biden probe to “remove any reference” to President Biden in a search warrant related to a Foreign Agents Registration Act probe?
  • Contrary to Joe Biden’s claims that he has never had any discussions of any kind with his son Hunter about his son’s business dealings, it has now been proven that Joe Biden was involved in more than two dozen different encounters with Hunter Biden during business meetings, including phone calls and in-person participation. Why would Joe Biden claim no involvement when that is demonstrably false?
  • Why would Hunter Biden instruct a Chinese company that sent him large sums of money ($250,000) to send that money to his father’s home address in Delaware when Hunter himself was living in California?
  • What should we infer from the fact that then-VP Joe Biden threatened to withhold $1 Billion in aid from the Ukrainian government unless they fired Viktor Shokin who was conducting a corruption investigation on Ukrainian energy company, Burisma, which had placed Hunter Biden on their Board and paid him lavishly even though he has zero experience in the Energy field?
  • What should we infer from an email written by Hunter Biden outlining his expectations for a deal with a Chinese entity that read: “10 held by H for the Big Guy” – which meant 10% of the payments would go to Joe Biden?
  • What should we infer from a 2019 text message from Hunter Biden to his daughter, Naomi, in which he said, “I love you all. But I don’t receive any respect and thats [SIC] fine I guess -works for you apparently. I Hope you all can do what I did and pay for everything for this entire family Fro 30 years [SIC]. It’s really hard. But don’t worry unlike Pop I won’t make you give me half your salary”?

It is still too early to draw any conclusions except this one: The Republicans involved in this Impeachment Inquiry are focused on presenting evidence and the Democrats are focused on claiming there is no evidence, while also claiming Donald Trump (who is not the subject of this inquiry) should be the focus of an investigation, an indictment, and prison sentence.

Ara Norwood is a multi-faceted and results-oriented professional. Spanning a multiplicity of disciplines including leadership, management, innovation, strategy, service, sales, business ethics, and entrepreneurship. Ara is also a historian, having special expertise on the era of the founding of our republic.
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