by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
It looks like what was good for the goose may end up being good for the gander.
When Democrats impeached Donald Trump the first time, it seemed nearly inevitable that Republicans would return the favor if they had the chance against a Democratic president. And now, Speaker Kevin McCarthy has announced an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden.
There is no doubt that Biden’s connection to his son Hunter Biden’s shady foreign business dealings is a serious matter that deserves a serious investigation and accountability to the public. The only question is how best to go about it.
The media have proven that they have no real interest in pursuing a story that could hurt Biden and help Trump’s prospects and instead have tried to act as a collective flak jacket for the president. Under the leadership of Attorney General Merrick Garland and prosecutor David Weiss, the Department of Justice has bungled the investigation of Biden’s son in a way that has served to shield the big guy.
Since taking office in January, Republicans have stepped into the breach and unearthed some gravely concerning behavior through bank records, various other documents, and witness testimony. What they have found is that the Biden family and associates raked in millions of dollars from foreign entities that were funneled through various shell companies. The product for sale was access to and influence with then–vice president Biden; no other products or services were involved that could possibly have justified the sums involved. The sources of the funds were located in sensitive parts of the world (including Ukraine and China) where U.S. policy was in flux at a time Biden had significant influence over it. While Biden since 2020 repeatedly denied knowledge of or involvement in his son’s business dealings, Republicans have since shown that he spoke to his son’s business associates dozens of times. …