House Oversight Chair Jim Jordan (R-OH) opened the House’s impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden with a fiery monologue that he claimed lays out the “four facts” for why the president is under investigation and may ultimately be too disgraced to continue to serve.
“This is a tale as old as time,” said the Ohio Republican, telling attendees that President Biden exerted his influence as vice president to help his embattled son Hunter get a prominent position he was unqualified for.
“Politician takes action that makes money for his family, and then he tries to conceal it… Hunter Biden gets put on the board of Burisma, gets paid a lot of money. Hunter Biden’s not qualified,” Jordan said.
“Fact number two, to sit on the board. Not my word, his words. He said he got on the board because of the brand, because of the name,” he continued, an admission outlined in emails between Hunter and business partner Devon Archer where they discussed how to use the “brand,” or connection to then-Vice President Biden, to help company executives relieve “pressure” being exerted by a local prosecutor investigating Burisma for corruption. Rep. Jordan and House Judiciary Committee Chair James Comer (R-KY) have released emails detailing how Hunter collaborated with members of his father’s vice presidential office to explain his father’s involvement in the Burisma entanglement. This, he said, is the third strike against the president.
“Fact number four: Joe Biden goes to Ukraine on December 9th, 2015 where he gives this speech attacking the prosecutor that starts the process of getting that guy fired,” concluded Jordan, a reference to former Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin who has since gone public with claims that Biden, as vice president, threatened to withhold economic aid to his country unless Shokin was removed from office.
Those facts are “consistent,” Jordan added, with statements made by confidential sources who spoke with the FBI alleging President Biden accepted a bribe in exchange for helping to remove Shokin. Former agents with the Bureau have also testified that they were under tremendous political pressure while investigating the lead, fearing for their families while being transferred to dead-end roles or suddenly winding up without a paycheck.
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Rep. Comer added that the results of his investigation show that “for years, President Biden has lied to the American people about his knowledge of and participation in his family’s corrupt business schemes.”
Rep. James Comer at Biden impeachment inquiry hearing: “For years, President Biden has lied to the American people about his knowledge of and participation in his family’s corrupt business schemes.”
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President Biden has steadfastly denied his involvement in overseas business deals with his son, who continues to negotiate with federal prosecutors over charges related to illegally concealing income made from those deals. House Republicans believe that the president’s past statements, including outright denials that Hunter made money from foreign sources including China, put him at political peril. The White House press secretary has snapped at reporters for asking basic questions about the investigation and released a memo to mainstream media outlets attempting to influence their coverage of the impeachment inquiry.