Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Why The Republicans Don’t Believe The Democrats

Simply put, they themselves do it and think that the Democrats must do it also.
The former president talked with House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik on Tuesday.
By Meridith McGraw and Alex Isenstadt
September 12, 2023

Donald Trump has been weighing in behind the scenes in support of the House GOP push to impeach President Joe Biden, including talking with a member of leadership in the lead up to Tuesday’s announcement authorizing a formal impeachment inquiry.

The former president has been speaking weekly with House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, who was the first member of Republican leadership to come out in support of impeachment. The two spoke Tuesday, after House Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced Republicans would be pursuing the inquiry, according to two people familiar with the conversation.

Stefanik has been a longtime Trump ally. She endorsed his comeback presidential bid before he made his official announcement and has been mentioned as a potential Trump VP pick should he win the GOP nomination.

On Sunday night, Trump had dinner at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), an ally of Trump and McCarthy. At the gathering, the topic of impeachment was discussed, according to a person familiar with the conversation who spoke on condition of anonymity.
From there we go to…
The move against President Biden, which Speaker Kevin McCarthy had been signaling for weeks, comes as some far-right House Republicans are irate over spending and threatening to depose him.
The New York Times
By Carl Hulse, Luke Broadwater and Annie Karni
September 12, 2023

Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday opened an impeachment inquiry into President Biden, working to appease far-right lawmakers who have threatened to oust him if he fails to accede to their demands for deep spending cuts that would force a government shutdown at the end of the month.

Mr. McCarthy’s decision to unilaterally announce an impeachment investigation with no formal House vote entwined the Republican investigations into Mr. Biden with the funding fight that is rattling the Capitol. It appeared to be a bid to quell a brewing rebellion among ultraconservative critics who have accused the speaker of not taking a hard enough line on spending, by complying with their demands to more aggressively pursue the president.
So these hand full of Republicans are blackmailing the Speaker of the House to get him to do their bidding.
“House Republicans have uncovered serious and credible allegations into President Biden’s conduct,” Mr. McCarthy said. “Taken together, these allegations paint a picture of a culture of corruption.”
But, but they haven’t found anything either with President Biden or his son!
But Tuesday’s move was a break with the past and a major change in strategy for Mr. McCarthy, who previously indicated that he believed the full House should vote on whether to move forward with an impeachment inquiry. Two presidential impeachment inquiries in modern history, of Bill Clinton in 1998 and Donald J. Trump in 2019, were endorsed with votes of the full House, though Democrats had announced several weeks earlier that they were beginning a formal investigation into Mr. Trump. The House impeached Mr. Trump a second time in 2021 without an inquiry, just days after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
But now we see what the results of the arm twisted the Trump did at the dinner at his golf club. Totally threw out precedence for impeachment and just did what he said he didn’t want to do.
The apparent decision not to seek a vote was a tacit acknowledgment by Mr. McCarthy that he lacked the numbers to do so amid G.O.P. divisions. Hard-right Republicans who remain loyal to Mr. Trump and bent on exacting revenge for his impeachment and the raft of criminal prosecutions he is facing are pressing hard for the move.
"Damn the torpedoes. Four bells, Captain Drayton, go ahead. Jouett, full speed." The Republicans don’t care what anyone else thinks they just plow ahead, evidence or no evidence.

They have been investigating the Bidens for months with no results and Trump was getting antsy and wanted something done NOW! The House Liberty Caucus basically blackmailed the Speaker of thr House.
Far-right Republicans were threatening to withhold their votes for any temporary spending bill that would continue spending at current levels, and even a Pentagon spending bill that usually draws bipartisan support was in trouble in the House.


The memo noted that the Oversight Committee, led by Representative James R. Comer, Republican of Kentucky, had received more than 12,000 pages of subpoenaed bank records, reviewed more than 2,000 pages of suspicious activity reports and spent hours interviewing witnesses, including two of Hunter Biden’s former business associates. But none of the bank records released so far show any payment to the president.
According to Politico,
But the extent of his private involvement in encouraging House Republicans to plow forward with the process shows the influence he continues to wield inside the party as its likely presidential nominee. It could also spark further attacks from Biden’s camp that impeachment is being done merely to bloody him up before the election.
No one wants to go against the leader of the cult.

1 comment:

  1. My wife summed it up nicely last night. There should never be a person elected to office named McCarthy. Wasn't it enough that history has to deal with the McCarthy of the 1950's? The investigation into Hunter Biden went on for five years and all there was in Weiss' document was a failure to file a tax return and pay the taxes owed. If there was an understatement of tax found through an audit of that year and any other tax year there would have been an additional charge made in Weiss' document. At the minimum there would have been a willful understatement of tax due to either negligence or fraud. None of the news agencies have even pointed out the procedure for auditing a delinquent tax return and any applicable penalties. If the IRS agents did their job they would have blown the whistle on more than a deliquent tax return.