The disclosure of an FBI document titled “FD-1023” on Thursday, which details bribery charges against President Joe Biden, strengthens the case for initiating an impeachment investigation.
The document claims that Ukrainian businessman Burisma Energy company paid Joe Biden through shell companies and engaged Hunter Biden to assist in the removal of a prosecutor investigating the firm. It also contains charges that Joe and Hunter Biden were each given $5 million to ensure that prosecutor Viktor Shokin was sacked, ostensibly because Burisma intended to list itself on U.S. stock exchanges and could not be under investigation if it did so.
The information on Hunter Biden’s laptop, referred to as the “big guy,” is the same moniker that would later be used in a second business transaction with a Chinese corporation.
These accusations were lodged in June 2020, but they go back a few years later. They are comparable to charges that surfaced for the first time in 2018, when Joe Biden, who had previously served as Vice President, boasted of firing Shokin in 2015.
In 2019, President Donald Trump requested that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky conduct an investigation, ultimately leading to Zelensky’s impeachment by Democrats. Democrats have consistently denied that the Bidens and Burisma have been involved in any improper behavior.
Joe Biden disputed the charges that he was involved in Hunter’s dealings and claimed in 2019 that he had never even discussed his son’s or his family’s business interests with them. This claim has subsequently been proved to be a lie, which Democrats have all but accepted as they seek to argue that he knew but did not participate.
In the end, the funds were delivered to Ukraine, and there was no impact on the shipment of aid such as Javelin anti-tank missiles.
The term “bribery” is expressly specified in the Constitution of the United States as one of the offenses that can lead to impeachment and treason. The House Oversight Committee had just discovered that the Biden family had been given $3 million by a corporation run by the Chinese Communist Party and allegations of conflicts of interest in enabling Biden to oversee Ukraine policy while his son, Hunter, was being paid by a corrupt Ukrainian corporation.
The Department of Justice had taken a cautious approach toward claims made against Joe Biden, and members of his family, Attorney General Merrick Garland declined to appoint a special counsel, and the mainstream media showed little interest in the facts.
Therefore, there is a clear need for an impeachment probe, which would have more expansive subpoena powers than an ordinary oversight investigation.