Today’s Campaign Update, Part II
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)
GOP rising star Matt Gaetz of Florida gave today’s clown show hearing on impeachment the respect it fully deserved – by spending most of his five minutes of time mercilessly torching the Bidens, most notably Quid Pro Joe’s ne’er-do-well son, Hunter.
The clip of Gaetz’s five minutes of greatness is followed by a full transcript of the festivities:
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) December 12, 2019
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. This amendment strikes “Joe Biden” as the center of the investigation, and replaces it with the true topic of the investigation: Burisma and Hunter Biden.
An essential element of the Democrats’ case on abuse of power is that the Bidens did nothing wrong. It can only be an abuse of power, and not a correct use of power, if the President was pursuing something under which there was no reasonable basis to ask a question about Hunter Biden and Burisma.
Hunter Biden and Burisma – boy, that’s an interesting story. And I think just about every American knows there’s something up with that.
$86,000 a month, and no experience? Working for some foreign government while your dad’s the vice president of the United States?
Is there anyone who really believes this is ok? I know we’ve got a few of my Democratic colleagues who run for president, or might run for president one day: Would you let your vice president have their son or daughter or some family member out moonlighting for some foreign company?
Maybe I’ll use language familiar to the former vice president: C’mon man, this looks dirty as it is. Hunter Biden was making more than five times more than a board member for ExxonMobil [!]. I’ve heard of that company.
And so I wanted to read up on Hunter Biden, learn a little more about him, and I found this very extensive profile in the New Yorker.
Here’s what it says:
Hunter said that at that point, he had not slept for several days. Driving east on Interstate 10 just beyond Palm Springs, he lost control of his car, which jumped the median and skidded to a stop on the shoulder of the West-bound side. He called Hertz, which came to collect the damaged car and gave him a second rental.
The Hertz rental officer told me he found a crack pipe in the car, and on one of the consoles, a line of white powder residue. Beau Biden’s Attorney General badge was on the dashboard. Hertz called the Prescott police department and officers filed a narcotics offense report listing items seized in the car, including a plastic bag containing a white powdery substance, a secret service card, credit cards, and Hunter Biden’s driver’s license.
That is what we would call “evidence.” And I don’t want to make light of anybody’s substance abuse issues – I know the President’s working real hard to solve those throughout the country – but it’s a little hard to believe that Burisma hired Hunter Biden to resolve their international disputes when he could not resolve his own dispute with Hertz Rental Car over over leaving cocaine and a crack pipe in the car.
Hunter stayed in Los Angeles for about a week. He said he needed to “get away and forget.”
Soon after his arrival in L.A., he said he asked a homeless man in Pershing Square where he could buy crack. Hunter said that the man took him to a nearby homeless encampment where, in a narrow passageway between tents, someone put a gun to his head before realizing he was the buyer. He returned to buy more crack a few times that week.
Again, not saying, not casting any judgment on any challenges someone goes through in their personal life, but it is just hard to believe this was the guy, wandering through homeless encampments buying crack, that was worth $86,000 a month to Burisma Holdings.
And that may be one of the reasons why, when ABC asked Hunter Biden, hey, do you think you would’ve gotten this job in the absence of your dad being vice president, well, he said, “probably not.”
Then I looked to the record evidence, and I looked to the testimony of Mr. [George] Kent. Mr. Kent was one of the witnesses they [the Democrats] called on the first day. He said Burisma was so dirty that our own embassy had to pull out of a joint sponsorship with them.
When Amb. Yovanovitch was being prepped for her own senate confirmation, the Obama administration was so worried about the corruption surrounding Burisma and Hunter Biden that they held special prep moments to try to get ready for the inevitable questions about this obvious corruption that the President [Trump] asked about.
Mr. Kent, one of their witnesses from the first day, also gave testimony that the head of Burisma had stolen $23 million in the U.S. and the U.K, and that he paid a bribe to get off the hook!
So, again, it’s not as if Burisma is pulling out new plays, their playbook is to go in and pay bribes and hire the people who are necessary to make those problems go away.
This is why the minority hearing issue [which Nadler refuses to call despite house rules requiring him to do so] is so important, by the way. You wonder why Republicans are so angry that we didn’t have a hearing to put on our own witnesses and our own evidence, and we wonder why, well, if they feel so good about their case, why did they block our ability to put in evidence?
It’s because we have the ability to show that Burisma is corrupt. We have the ability to show that Hunter Biden is corrupt.
And that totally exculpates the President, because there is no way in the United States of America that honestly pursuing actual corruption is an impeachable offense.
That is all.
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