By: Donald V. Watkins
Copyrighted and Published on June 20, 2023
An Editorial Opinion
Today, crack-smoking, tax-evading, drug addict Hunter Biden had a great day! Hunter and his dad, President Joe Biden, pulled off the criminal case "fix" of the 21st century.
Merrick Garland’s Department of Justice announced to a U.S. District Court in Delaware that it had reached a “sweetheart” plea deal with Hunter Biden, making the "fix" official.
Unbelievably, the United States’ entire criminal case against Hunter Biden was reduced to two “no jail-time” misdemeanors -- solely for political reasons.
Merrick Garland also approved Hunter Biden’s entry into a federal pretrial diversion program on a related gun possession felony charge. Garland’s exercise of prosecutorial “grace” on this charge saved Hunter Biden from a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years in prison.
Hunter Biden is now free to continue his junkets around the world on Air Force One -- courtesy of U.S. taxpayers. He will also continue to get Secret Service protection -- at taxpayer expense.
Congress must investigate this plea deal. It stinks from the foul odor of public corruption!
The Democratic-controlled Senate will not touch this matter. After all, Joe Biden is the head of the Democratic Party and Hunter Biden is America's "First Son," with all of the privileges and benefits that this status entails.
The Republican-controlled House Judiciary Committee must conduct the investigation. This is one time when Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) must be smart, prepared, and even-handed -- something he has not been good at doing in the past.
Everybody in America knows that Merrick Garland “fixed” Hunter Biden’s criminal case. It’s Jim Jordan’s job to prove it in a public hearing.
We don’t need hyperbole and GOP showboating. Hyperbole and showboating feel good and are easy to do, but they are NOT effective techniques for exposing this kind of public corruption by the nation's top law enforcement agency.
This is a "Watergate" moment, and it must be handled right. We have been here before with Attorney General John Mitchell, who served a President Richard Nixon's Attorney General from 1969 to 1972.
Mitchell was indicted, tried, and convicted for his role in the infamous Watergate break-in. He served 19 months in a federal prison camp at Maxwell Air Force Base for his crimes.
The American public needs Jim Jordan’s Committee to develop and meticulously present the relevant facts regarding Hunter Biden’s plea deal in a full and fair public hearing.
Jordan should follow the hearing format used by the January 6th Committee. It was impressive and effective.
Despite holding a majority of the seats in the House, Republicans have been incredibly weak and amateurish in presenting evidence of wrongdoing by the Biden White House and its executive departments.
Jim Jordan’s Judiciary Committee must NOT blow this public hearing like it blew the recent FBI whistleblower hearings. This is one time when the American people do not need mindless Republican minions in Congress who merely parrot GOP-prepared talking points on FOX News.
Instead, we need high-quality, focused, and professional leadership in this Congressional probe.