The Biden impeachment inquiry falls flat

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives is thoroughly botching the most important role assigned to it by the US Constitution, that of funding the government. With all the attention focused on that impending disaster, you can be excused for not noticing that that is not all they are bungling. While they play brinkmanship games within their caucus that threaten the livelihoods of vast numbers of people who will be adversely affected by a shutdown, they seem to have the time to waste on pointless activities, such as the impeachment of Joe Biden.

Yesterday saw the opening day of the impeachment inquiry headed by James Comer and it too was a bust, with even their opening witnesses, the people who were supposed to play starring roles, saying that they did not see any evidence on any crimes by Biden.

Forensic accountant Bruce Dubinsky, one of the GOP witnesses, undercut Republicans’ main narrative by saying there wasn’t enough evidence yet for him to conclude that there was “corruption” by the Bidens.

Conservative law professor Jonathan Turley also said that the House does not yet have evidence to support articles of impeachment against Joe Biden, but argued that House Republicans were justified in opening an impeachment inquiry.

Comer’s colleagues are not happy.

Some Republicans were also unhappy about how the hearing went. A senior GOP aide said that Comer’s strategy of feeding Fox News impeachment stories is not working and that “we are losing the media narrative game to the White House right now.”

“Calling witnesses that say the opposite of your narrative on impeachment is equally a bad strategy,” the aide said.

Another Republican aide who works for a lawmaker who supports the impeachment inquiry described what he saw of the hearing as “boring” with “no bombshells.”

They could not even time things right. By holding their inquiry on the eve of a potential government shutdown, they ensured that their event would be overshadowed by that more important news, and that they would be accused of fiddling while Rome burns.

Democratic congressman Jamie Raskin’s opening statement during the inquiry pretty much says it all.

It’s hard to grasp the complete derangement of this moment.  Three days before they’re set to shut down the United States government, Republicans launch a baseless impeachment drive against President Biden. No one can figure out the logic of either course of action. Why shut down the U.S. government, something no enemy nation has ever succeeded in doing? Why impeach a president who has committed no high crimes and misdemeanors, no low crimes and misdemeanors, and no crimes at all? There is plainly no reason to justify a shutdown and plainly no evidence to justify impeachment.

The only explanation for either folly is actually the explanation for both of them: they both flow out of the explicit and adamant demands of a calculating and narcissistic Donald Trump.

Trump has repeatedly called for Republicans to shut down the government as the “last chance” to stop the four “political prosecutions” against him on 91 different criminal charges. He and his sycophants would gladly deny paychecks to more than a million service members and strip food assistance from millions of women and children on the off-chance Trump could delay having to face juries of his peers for dozens of alleged criminal offenses.

Similarly, Trump is explicitly threatening his House followers to impeach President Biden because Trump was himself impeached. “They did it to us,” he says. But that is not the constitutional standard, which refers to treason, bribery and other high crimes and misdemeanors.

A surprisingly large number of Republican Members now admit that Chairman Comer’s investigation has failed to produce evidence of wrongdoing by President Biden. Republicans can see that Chairman Comer’s whole sham impeachment drive is based on a lie crafted and peddled by Trump and Rudy Giuliani that has been repeatedly debunked by multiple credible sources. Even Lev Parnas, Giuliani’s right-hand man who gallivanted all over the world to help frame Joe Biden, now concedes there is nothing to the Burisma conspiracy theory and has told Comer to call off the “wild goose chase.”

The GOP’s opposition to Trump’s impeachment was a tragedy. The GOP’s support for Biden’s impeachment is a farce.

Yep, that about sums it up.


  1. Matt G says

    A prosecution in search of a crime. Presumed guilty, but he hasn’t even had an accusation of substance leveled at him. No wonder these people are creationists -- they start with their conclusions, and then cherry pick the evidence to support them.

  2. birgerjohansson says

    Yes, but most of them start by being born in the top 0,1% of wealth and go on to believe they are entiteld to political power as well.
    By the time they arrive in Washington DC they have internalised a very convoluted idea of cause and effect.

    They think they are superior, and they win elections.
    They think anyone who have the power to oppose them must be as bad -- or worse- than them, so they set about looking for the evidence.
    They live in a bubble where they only hear conservative talking points and cofuse it with reality.
    There is even a chance one or two of them are *not* cynical ☆ssholes, and genuinely believe the drivel they say.

  3. says

    One clarification for Rep. Raskin: While it’s true that Biden committed no crimes or misdemeanors in the conventional sense, he did commit a high crime to the GOP; namely, winning an election to become president. The fact that he had a (D) after his name and won is proof to them that it is illegitimate.

    My take is that the Biden “impeachment” is just another shiny object to them; waving it around and hoping some of their stink will rub off on Biden in the eyes of average folks. It is amazing, though, that they keep trying to get their way by holding the government hostage. It’s not like closing the government ever worked to their advantage, just ask Gingrich about that. But then again, they do believe in tax cuts that have never been shown to work, either. I guess they have a thing for wishing stuff to be true in spite of all evidence to the contrary.

  4. ardipithecus says

    Tax cuts do work for their constituency. This is obvious when one recognizes that their (perceived) constituency is plutocrats.

  5. says

    So it’s been averted for six weeks. This is what we have been reduced to by the GOP. Instead of governing; you know, making life better for most people, we just bounce from one self-inflicted disaster to another. I guess the long term plan of the GOP of making people hate their own government is working. Now if people would just understand that it’s not their government per se that is the problem, but rather, a group of people doing their best to “drown it in a bathtub”, we could get somewhere.

  6. birgerjohansson says

    Going from one self-inflicted disaster to another.
    It is as if there was no point in becoming independent from Britain…

  7. birgerjohansson says

    Raging Bee @ 6
    I would not mind being chased by wild geese rather than being ruled by corrupt dinosaurs.
    At least the poop the geese leave behind is easier to clean off.

  8. jenorafeuer says

    “Calling witnesses that say the opposite of your narrative on impeachment is equally a bad strategy,” the aide said.

    These lawmakers are ignoring one of the basic rules that any trial lawyer worth their salt has to learn early: “Never ask a question you don’t already know the answer to.”

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