The parade of witnesses say there is NOTHING they have on the President that would stick….
The effort to divert from the upcoming RightWingNut foirced government shutdown ain’t gonna work….
It probably will HELP Democrats get out their vote going forward….
House Republicans do not have enough evidence yet to justify an impeachment of President Joe Biden, two legal scholars told a congressional panel Thursday as lawmakers sparred over the basis for the GOP-led impeachment investigation.
The first hearing on the high-profile probe quickly devolved into a partisan tit for tat at the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, as Republicans outlined the basis for their investigation while Democrats dismissed the inquiry as baseless.
House Republicans, in describing the basis for the probe, point to an accusation that the president’s son Hunter Biden was selling the illusion of access to his father and would look to leverage his family’s “brand.” The probe also involves arguments that the younger Biden received lenient treatment from the Justice Department.
But for all the heated rhetoric, a Republican-called witness, Jonathan Turley, a legal scholar who has testified in previous impeachment inquiries, said he did not believe the current evidence would support articles of impeachment against President Biden. That’s something an impeachment inquiry would have to establish, he said.
Allegations that Biden might have benefited from an “influence peddling” scheme should not be taken out of context, Turley said.
“They’re merely allegations, and they should not become presumptions of impeachable conduct,” Turley said. “Indeed, as I’ve said in past impeachments, self-dealing is a difficult issue under the impeachment clause. The framers sought to avoid ambiguous standards.”…..
“I do not believe that the current evidence would support articles of impeachment,” he said, but that he does believe it warrants an inquiry.
Asked later by Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., where the Republican’s evidence is lacking, Turley said on the issue of influence peddling and whether the president was aware of it and “encouraged it.”
The ranking Democrat at the hearing, Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., said his Republican colleagues were presenting 12,000 pages of bank records that didn’t include a “single dime” going to the president.
“If the Republicans had a smoking gun or even a dripping water pistol, they would be presenting it today, but they’ve got nothing on Joe Biden,” he said. He also accused them of holding the hearing and shutting down the government at the behest of former President Donald Trump.
The House Republicans, Raskin said, were acting “like flying monkeys on a mission for the Wicked Witch of the West.”…..