The Republican Party has pursued a singular legislative focus throughout the administration of President Joe Biden. That focus, unfortunately for the American people, has been to try to manufacture scandals aimed at smearing the reputation of Biden, rather than to pass bills that advance the interests of the nation and its citizens.
The neglect of their congressional duties has prevented the most basic functions of the House of Representatives from being carried out. Those include avoiding a catastrophic debt ceiling default, and passing the appropriations bills that keep the government from shutting down. Recently, this GOP fixation on maligning Biden has even seeped into critical emergency funding for America’s allies in Israel and Ukraine.
Now, after a humiliating three week long quest for a new House Speaker, Republicans have returned to the bitterly partisan work that they think is most important for the country. And leading the charge is GOP Rep. James Comer, chairman of the House Oversight Committee. In his role as chairman, Comer was tasked by the ousted GOP Speaker, Kevin McCarthy, with conducting “impeachment inquiry” hearings based on nothing more than the their obsession with dragging Biden down. And on Wednesday morning, under the direction pf new GOP Speaker Mike Johnson, he proudly showed off the rotten fruit of his odious labor.
Comer released a video wherein he sought to reveal what he regards as “smoking gun” proof that Biden had received extorted funds from China. The only problem with the fairy tale that Comer weaved was that it lacked any evidence whatsoever of any impropriety on Biden’s part. Other than that it was spellbinding. And naturally, Fox News was all over this faux scandal, and Donald Trump posted four comments about it on his failing social media scam, Truth Social.
In the video (posted below), Comer made multiple baseless assertions, including his blatantly false claim that “$40,000 in laundered China money landed in Joe Biden’s bank account.” He also alleged that “It all began with a shakedown in the summer of 2017” instigated by Hunter Biden. Elaborating, Comer said that…
“As Hunter Biden extorted this associate, Hunter claimed he was sitting with his father and that the Biden network would turn on his associate if he didn’t pony up the money. The extortion scheme worked.”
Notice that there is no proof that Hunter Biden was “sitting with his father,” or that President Biden was involved in any way. But that didn’t stop Comer from using such loaded language as “laundered,” “shakedown,” and “extortion.”
Then Comer struggled to piece together a labyrinthine path of fund transfers that allegedly went from a Chinese company, through some Biden family businesses, and eventually to Joe Biden. But Comer never manages to show any relationship between any of these financial transactions and the President. They are simply business transactions that occurred over time, followed by a personal loan repayment to Joe Biden. This isn’t the first time that Comer has attempted – and failed – to use this brazen distortion of events to bash Biden.
By the same “logic” that Comer is contorting you could say that Comer laundered funds from the U.S. government (his congressional paycheck) to pay his mortgage. But even in his own conclusion, Comer admits that there is nothing of substance in his meandering fairy tale, saying that…
“It’s certainly plausible that this payment where James and Sara [Biden] used funds from China was indeed a loan repayment to Joe. But even if this $40,000 check was a loan repayment from James Biden, it still shows how Joe benefited from his family cashing in on his name”
No, it absolutely does not show that Joe Biden benefited. You cannot claim that he benefited when all he got out of it was a loan repaid by his brother without interest. Nevertheless, Comer lies outright saying that all of this “began when Joe Biden was still Vice President.” But Comer is contradicting himself. He started his video saying that “it all began … in the summer of 2017,” when Biden was neither an officeholder nor a candidate.
Finally, Comer closes by asserting with zero evidence that “Joe Biden exposed himself to future blackmail and put America’s interests behind his own desire for money.” Once again, there is no proof of any of that. No proof whatsoever of blackmail, or personal interest, or greed. Nor is there any proof that any policies were adopted that benefited the Chinese companies that Comer mentions.
Literally everything that Comer disgorges in his “bombshell” video is unproven, illogical, and driven by blind political animus. But it does explain why he recently told reporters that “I don’t know that I want to hold any more hearings, to be honest with you,” because he now prefers depositions which “you can do more with.” By which he means more lying.
No wonder Comer is afraid to hold more hearings. He knows that the hearings he has held thus far have only embarrassed him and his Republican confederates. They have not only failed to incriminate Biden, they have actually exonerated him. And as Jessica Tarlov of Fox News noted, “If there were any ‘smoking guns’ around, you’d probably have more hearings.”
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James Comer: “I don't know that I want to hold any more hearings to be honest.”
Fox News: “Now, if you had it, if there were any 'smoking guns' around, you'd probably have more hearings.”
When you’re getting called out by Fox News…yikes. pic.twitter.com/3YkR61EJCL
— House Judiciary Dems (@HouseJudiciary) November 1, 2023
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