The latest revelations regarding President Joe Biden’s alleged influence-peddling have left the onus of obligation on the House Speaker according to one legal scholar.
“The one thing the House cannot allow is for these questions go unanswered.”
(Video: Fox News)
Joining “The Faulkner Focus” on Fox News Friday, George Washington University professor Jonathan Turley contended the time for considering an impeachment inquiry had passed. Reflecting on statements made by Hunter Biden during his Wednesday court appearance, an investigation seemed to be the only path forward as the attorney argued the president “has clearly lied.”
Host Harris Faulkner raised the first son’s testimony to Judge Maryellen Noreika about deals with the Chinese energy company CEFC as that related to past public comments from Biden on knowledge and involvement with those arrangements.
To that end, Turley posited, “We often talk about the powers of Congress and not its obligations. What is the House supposed to do? You know, you have a president who has clearly lied, lied for years, lied to the American people, lied through his representatives at the White House during his presidency.”
“He obviously did know about these deals,” charged the professor.
“He had involvement with some of these meetings. There was money that went to China. And then you’ve got IRS agents saying that the fix was in,” he said of the testimony from whistleblowers before the House Oversight Committee, “that this case was actively managed to avoid serious charges for the president’s son.”
“You have millions of dollars moving through a labyrinth of accounts. You have a trusted source saying that there was a bribery allegation — the crime that is the second one mentioned in the impeachment clause,” Turley continued before asking, “So what are you supposed to do about that?”
Earlier in the week, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) stated and then clarified his own position that an impeachment inquiry could be the only recourse. Speaking with Fox News’s Sean Hannity, the congressman said, “We’ve only followed where the information has taken us. But Hannity, this is rising to the level of impeachment inquiry, which provides Congress the strongest power to get the rest of the knowledge and information needed.”
“Because this president has also used something we have not seen since Richard Nixon — use the weaponization of government to benefit his family and deny Congress the ability to have the oversight,” the California lawmaker added before stipulating Thursday that an inquiry was simply “an investigation and proving Congress the power to do that investigation.”
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Where McCarthy was floating the idea, Turley maintained the facts of the case made that step a requirement.
“And the answer is you have to investigate,” he told Harris. “And an impeachment inquiry gives the House that ability. It doesn’t mean they’re going to impeach. It means they’re taking the responsibility seriously no matter what the administration may want out of this. The one thing the House cannot allow is for these questions to go unanswered.”
The GWU professor made note of the upcoming scheduled testimony of Hunter’s former business partner Devon Archer that is expected to detail Biden’s participation in calls connected to his son’s business deals.
“If that’s true, then it demolishes the defense that the White House has used for years with the American people,” he said. “And the question then becomes not whether the president has lied, but why he has lied for so many years about this influence-peddling operation run through his son.”
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