Both Democrats and Republicans think Hunter should comply with Subpoena; Hunter shows up for a mere moment at Contempt hearing

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Important Takeaways:

  • GOP Lawmakers Confront Hunter Biden at Contempt Hearing: ‘You Have No Balls
  • Republican lawmakers confronted Hunter Biden at Wednesday’s hearing to hold him in contempt of Congress for defying a congressional subpoena.
  • Hunter and his posse immediately left the hearing when Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) began to speak. “[He] sits here with a smug look on his face and runs away when it’s my turn to talk,” she said.
  • “He can’t even face my words as I was about to speak to him,” she said. “What a coward.”
  • A majority of Democrat voters say Hunter Biden should comply with the House impeachment inquiry’s lawful subpoena, appearing for both a closed-door deposition and a public testimony. If he does not, he should be prosecuted, a Harvard Caps/Harris poll revealed:
    • All partisans said Hunter Biden should comply with a closed-door deposition.
    • A majority say Joe Biden’s Department of Justice should prosecute Hunter Biden for not appearing.
  • House investigators announced they would probe the Biden family in November 2022. They later revealed Joe Biden received money from James and Hunter Biden. They also showed that nine additional Biden family members received payments from the family’s foreign business ventures, including two of Joe Biden’s grandchildren.

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New Poll says 6 in 10 Americans think Biden was involved in Hunter’s corrupt dealings, backing impeachment probe

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Important Takeaways:

  • Americans back Biden impeachment probe by 12 point margin and six in ten believe he was involved in Hunter’s shady deals: Devastating Daily Mail poll reveals voters think president’s son is ‘corrupt’, a ‘crook’ and ‘guilty’
  • Americans support an impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden by a clear 12-point margin and six in 10 believe the president was probably inappropriately involved in his son Hunter’s business deals, according to a damning new DailyMail.com poll.
  • When voters were asked to use one word to describe Hunter, 53, the top answer was ‘corrupt’. Other popular responses were ‘bad’, ‘criminal’, ‘crook’ and ‘guilty’.
  • The stark results showing most voters think Biden was linked to Hunter’s overseas business activities comes as Republicans prepare to launch their formal impeachment inquiry.
  • Hunter was also spotted having lunch in Los Angeles on Wednesday as he faces a slew of tax-related charges in California, over allegations he failed to pay over $1.4 million to the IRS
  • The GOP has threatened to hold Hunter in contempt of court for defying a subpoena to testify in their probe behind closed doors.
  • On Wednesday, they demanded the White House hand over any communications suggesting that Joe was involved in the bid to duck the order.
  • The White House has insisted Joe was never ‘in business’ with Hunter or financially benefited from his deals, but their shifting defense has raised suspicion.
  • And since the start of 2023, Republicans have compiled a growing dossier of evidence they plan to use in the impeachment inquiry.

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Hunter Biden could be held in Contempt of Congress for not showing up for Subpoena

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Important Takeaways:

  • Hunter Biden’s failure to appear before House investigators will likely be a factor in formalizing the House impeachment inquiry vote Wednesday evening regarding President Joe Biden’s involvement in the Biden family business.
  • House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) pointed to six cases of mounting evidence on Tuesday against Joe Biden that “cannot be ignored”:
    • Biden family members and Biden business-linked entities received more than $15 million from individuals in Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Romania, and China.
    • Joe Biden spoke with Hunter Biden’s business associates at least 22 times.
    • Joe Biden lied about his involvement in the business.
    • Joe Biden received “direct monthly payments” from Hunter Biden’s “Owasco PC” business account, which received “payments from Chinese state-linked companies and other foreign nationals and companies.”
    • Investigators flagged the Justice Department’s “deviations” in the five-year investigation into Hunter Biden.
    • An FBI FD-1023 form alleges Joe Biden accepted a $5 million bribe while vice president.
  • House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-KY) and Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan (R-OH) previously threatened to hold Hunter Biden in contempt of Congress if he did not comply with both a public and private interview
  • If prosecuted and convicted for contempt of Congress, the punishment is up to a $100,000 fine and imprisonment.

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Joe and Hunter Biden drain America’s empathy as Comer reviles evidence of the family’s criminal enterprise

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Important Takeaways:

  • America is tired of Joe and Hunter Biden ‘weaponizing addiction’ as a get-out-of-jail-free card
  • People have been sympathetic and indulgent toward Hunter Biden all his life — and maybe that’s part of his problem.
  • But at 53, it’s time to grow up.
  • Hunter’s self-pitying op-ed in USA Today was ridiculous.
    • “What troubles me is the demonization of addiction, of human frailty, using me as its avatar and the devastating consequences it has for the millions struggling with addiction, desperate for a way out and being bombarded by the denigrating and near-constant coverage of me and my addiction on Fox News … and in the New York Post,” he wrote.
  • But our coverage is of corruption, not addiction.
  • It worked for Joe in the final debate of the 2020 election when he responded to pointed questions from Donald Trump about the millions Hunter had vacuumed up from China.
  • He claimed Hunter’s abandoned laptop, which he knew very well was Hunter’s, was a “Russian plant” and “a bunch of garbage” and cited the Dirty 51 letter penned by 51 former intelligence officials that he knew was cooked up by senior adviser, now hapless Secretary of State, Antony Blinken.
  • He feigned ignorance of the Chinese deals he helped Hunter secure, saying, “My son has not made money in terms of this thing about, what are you talking about, China.”
  • Really? The Big Guy was slated to take 10% of just one Chinese deal Hunter had with Chinese Communist Party-linked energy company CEFC, and Joe met Tony Bobulinski twice in LA to vet him as CEO of the joint venture between the Bidens and China.
  • Hunter’s first China deal came a few days after VP Joe flew with him on Air Force Two to Beijing and shook hands with his partner. Please.
  • But the icing on the cake was the addiction defense. Joe looked directly at the camera and told the folks at home: “My son, like a lot of people at home, had a drug problem. He’s overtaking it. He’s fixed it. He’s worked on it. And I’m proud of him.”
  • The appeal looks even more cynical today as evidence of corruption keeps piling up.
  • Comer last week released bank documents showing that $40,000 “in laundered Chinese money landed in Joe Biden’s bank account in the form of a personal check” from his brother Jim Biden.
  • Comer says that once he gets the latest tranche of bank records, he will issue two dozen subpoenas for Biden family members and associates: “It’s going to be a big week.

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How does a ‘frozen’ U.S. House function without a speaker?

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Important Takeaways:

  • The stunning ouster of U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday — the first time a speaker has been removed in Congress’ 234-year history — created a leadership vacuum in the chamber and left multiple questions about how legislative business would proceed.
  • “There’s absolutely no precedents on any of this because this hasn’t happened before.”
  • “We’re not able to actually advance legislation. We can’t even refer bills to committee.”
  • “You can’t offer subpoenas, you can’t go after Hunter Biden, you can’t go after any of the controversies that this administration has carried out,” Graves said.
  • “The most fundamental thing about the House is a majority of the House can do anything the majority wants to do,” Roberts said.
  • The House speaker is second in the line of succession to the presidency, behind only the vice president. With that office vacant, the president pro tempore of the U.S. Senate, currently Washington Democrat Patty Murray, would move up to second in line
  • While McHenry could exercise most of the speaker’s powers within the House, he is not technically the speaker for the purposes of succession.
  • “Officially, the speaker’s office is vacant”

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The Biden’s were racketeering using shell companies to launder money, James Comer says

Important Takeaways:

  • Trump Indicted for Racketeering, Same Crime James Comer Believes Hunter Biden Committed
  • A Georgia grand jury indicted former president Donald Trump on a racketeering charge, the same offense that House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-KY) believes Hunter Biden committed when he wired money in an elaborate scheme through multiple shell companies.
  • According to legal experts, federal law defines 35 offenses that constitute racketeering, including gambling, murder, kidnapping, arson, drug dealing, and bribery.
  • The law was originally intended to catch mobsters. In 1987, former United States Attorney Rudolph Giuliani indicted the heads of New York City’s “Five Families” under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). Eight of them were convicted under RICO.
  • On Monday night, a grand jury in Georgia indicted Trump for violating the state’s RICO act – O.C.G.A. § 16-14-4(c).
  • Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz noted that RICO prosecutions are often overturned on appeal.
  • Comer, who was a bank board member for ten years, argues Hunter Biden violated federal RICO law a different way than the Fulton County prosecutor alleges Trump did. He believes the Biden business opened more than 20 shell companies in an elaborate scheme to hide payments and launder money.
  • “When you set up a bunch of shell companies for the sole purpose to launder money, that is called racketeering,” Comer said on the Verdict with Ted Cruz in July.
  • Through banking transactions, the Biden family business received over $20 million from Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan while President Joe Biden was vice president, Comer revealed last week.

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What they accuse Trump for is what Hunter has been doing

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Important Takeaways:

  • Joe DINED with oligarchs who paid Hunter: New bank records detail part of the $20 MILLION in foreign cash to Biden family – including $142,000 from Kazakh oligarch to president’s son that he used to buy Porsche after DC dinner
  • New detailed bank records show $20 million in payments to the Biden family and their partners from foreign actors in places like Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan during Joe’s time as vice president.
  • House Oversight Republicans released documents suggesting Hunter and his former business partner Devon Archer used shell companies to ‘hide’ millions in payments from overseas companies and oligarchs – though none of the newly released records directly link payments to Joe Biden.
  • The new evidence backs up Archer’s bombshell testimony to the committee that Hunter was raking in large amounts of cash from foreign deals, and how his father Joe was present in-person during dinner meetings and sat in on at least 20 phone calls with foreign associates.
  • Hunter Biden used $142,000 wired from a Kazakh oligarch to his shell company to buy a Porsche before setting up a dinner with his father Joe, the bank records show.
  • The bank records also reveal links between Russian billionaire Yelena Baturina and the Biden family, as well as detail $1 million yearly payments to Hunter and Archer for their positions on the Ukrainian oil company Burisma’s Board of Directors.
  • They show Baturina – the wife of a former Moscow mayor who has links to Vladimir Putin – wired $3.5 million to Rosemont Seneca Thornton, a shell company belonging to Hunter and Archer, in February 2014.

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DOJ interfering in Devon Archer testimony; Republicans call for Emergency Hearing

Important Takeaways:

  • Republicans urge colleagues to get back to D.C. for an emergency hearing on Department of Justice ‘interfering’ with testimony from Hunter Biden’s business partner Devon Archer
  • At least five House Republicans are urging their colleagues to come back to Washington, D.C., to hold an emergency hearing following allegations the Department of Justice ‘interfered’ with Hunter Biden’s business partner Devon Archer’s testimony.
  • The Department of Justice sent an ‘odd’ letter over the weekend on July 29 to a New York judge calling for Archer’s sentencing for an unrelated fraud conviction to be expedited just days before his highly anticipated testimony. Hours later, DOJ issued a new letter attempting to clarify they never intended to see Archer locked up before he testifies behind closed doors Monday on the Biden’s business schemes.
  • Archer, a friend and business partner of Hunter Biden, is expected to give his bombshell account of the Biden family business dealings for four to five hours behind closed doors, and finally unmask Joe as the ‘Big Guy.’
  • Republicans say the last-minute move by DOJ was an attempt to ‘intimidate’ Archer, who they view as being central to providing information that is critical to their ongoing investigation into the Biden family’s business dealings.
  • Now, at least five GOP lawmakers are pushing for an ’emergency’ hearing on DOJ’s conduct.

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House Republicans are taking their fight with the FBI and Justice Department to a new level

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Important Takeaways:

  • Republicans are escalating a multi-pronged fight against their two biggest political boogeymen. It goes far beyond just trying to impeach Attorney General Merrick Garland.
  • The House GOP is ready for a confrontation after a spate of recent decisions it sees as either anti-Trump or pro-Biden.
  • At the top of the list: Hunter Biden’s plea deal with federal investigators and Donald Trump’s indictment over his handling of classified documents.
  • Conservatives have also gone after FBI Director Christopher Wray, weighing whether to force a vote recommend booting him from office.
  • The GOP’s outward frustrations with FBI and DOJ — and the conference’s internal angst about punishing them — will come into sharp relief heading into a series of high-profile hearings starting in July.
  • The biggest proving ground for conservatives’ long-running pledge to rein in law enforcement will be the House GOP spending bill that includes the DOJ budget and the bulk of FBI-related funding. Republicans have discussed multiple ideas for that bill, including salary cuts for FBI and DOJ leaders and tying agency funding to responses when Congress makes oversight requests.

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Hunter takes a plea to end a long running investigation by the DOJ

Ecclesiastes 5:8 If you see the extortion[a] of the poor, or the perversion[b] of justice and fairness in the government, [c] do not be astonished by the matter. For the high official is watched by a higher official, [d] and there are higher ones over them! [e]

Important Takeaways:

  • Hunter Biden Agrees to Plead Guilty to Federal Charges
  • President Joe Biden’s son Hunter has been charged with failing to pay federal income tax and illegally possessing a weapon and has reached an agreement with the Justice Department, according to a letter filed in U.S. District Court in Delaware.
  • As part of the agreement, made public Tuesday, Hunter Biden will plead guilty to misdemeanor tax offenses and is expected to reach an agreement with prosecutors on the felony charge of illegally possessing a firearm as a drug user. It is somewhat unusual to resolve a federal criminal case at the same time the charges are filed in court, though it is not totally unheard of.
  • The deal ends a long-running Justice Department investigation into Biden’s second son, who has acknowledged struggling with addiction following the 2015 death of his brother Beau Biden. It also averts a trial that would have generated days or weeks of distracting headlines for a White House that has strenuously sought to keep its distance from the Justice Department.
  • Christopher Clark, a lawyer for the younger Biden, said in a statement it was his understanding the five-year investigation had now been resolved.
  • The news comes as congressional Republicans pursue their own investigations into nearly every facet of Hunter Biden’s business dealings, including examining foreign payments and other aspects of his finances. It also comes days after a 37-count indictment came down against former President Donald Trump for mishandling classified documents on his Florida estate, another case with even more dramatic political implications.

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