Republicans could not believe their good fortune.
Democrats sat in stunned disbelief.
And Karine Jean-Pierre made one mistake that opened Joe Biden up to this criminal charge.
One of the phony narratives Joe Biden and the media pushed about the Republicans’ impeachment inquiry is that the investigation turned up no hard evidence of Biden’s wrongdoing.
GOP probes revealed the fact that one of Hunter Biden’s companies made direct payments to Joe Biden, Joe Biden’s brother and sister-in-law sent him large sums of money immediately after receiving payment from business deals, and that Joe Biden interacted with Hunter Biden’s foreign business partners on the phone and in person while vice president.
But putting that mountain of evidence aside, it was none other than White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre who provided the GOP with a smoking gun.
Hunter Biden defied a lawfully issued subpoena by the House Oversight Committee compelling him to testify for a closed-door deposition.
Instead of appearing, Hunter Biden staged a press conference where he admitted his father had some involvement in his businesses and that he would only testify in an open hearing.
Democrats thought Hunter Biden pulled a PR masterstroke by making it seem like Republicans wanted to hide the fact that their investigation was bogus by only allowing testimony in secret.
Within hours Karine Jean-Pierre detonated that carefully crafted strategy by clumsily admitting Joe Biden was “certainly” aware of what Hunter Biden was going to say.
Republicans planned to begin contempt of Congress proceedings against Hunter Biden and Jean-Pierre’s confession that Joe Biden was in on the scheme to defy a congressional subpoena opened the door to obstruction of justice charges.
In a letter to the White House Counsel’s Office, Republicans demanded the administration produce all documents regarding Joe Biden’s communications with Hunter Biden about defying Congress’s subpoena.
“In light of an official statement from the White House that President Biden was aware in advance that his son, Hunter Biden, would knowingly defy two congressional subpoenas,” the letter stated, “we are compelled to examine as part of our impeachment inquiry whether the President engaged in a conspiracy to obstruct a proceeding of Congress.”
“Under the relevant section of the criminal code, it is unlawful to ‘corruptly . . . endeavor to influence, obstruct, or impede the due and proper exercise of the power of inquiry under which any investigation or inquiry is being had by . . . any committee of either House or any joint committee of the Congress[.]’ Likewise, any person who ‘aids, abets, counsels, commands, induces or procures’ the commission of a crime is punishable as a principal of the crime,” the committee’s letter also read.
“In light of Ms. Jean-Pierre’s statement, we are compelled to examine the involvement of the President in his son’s scheme to defy the Committees’ subpoenas,” the letter concluded.
The evidence of obstruction of justice looks clear and compelling.
And Republicans in Congress believe this will likely form the basis of one article of impeachment against Joe Biden.
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