This week, Rep. James Comer, along with other members involved in the impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden, held a press conference to outline the upcoming steps and expectations. The previous day, Hunter Biden’s lawyer had caused a stir by stating that Biden’s son would only attend a public hearing, rejecting a closed-door deposition. Comer responded firmly, rejecting this proposition and emphasizing that the inquiry would follow a methodical process.
Comer, in his approach, is adopting the same standards Democrats used during their impeachment efforts against former President Donald Trump. This strategy aims to avoid turning the inquiry into a spectacle, a concern that a public hearing with Hunter Biden could potentially raise. Such an event might lead to theatrical moments that could be leveraged by the media and Democrats, similar to memorable moments from past high-profile hearings.
The plan is to conduct closed-door depositions first, which would allow the committee to gather all necessary information before moving to any public hearings. This approach not only thwarts potential attempts to derail the inquiry but also sets the stage for more effective public hearings later, where inconsistencies or potential perjury by Hunter Biden could be highlighted based on his prior testimony.
Rep. Jim Jordan also spoke, reiterating the commitment to follow due process, including a subsequent public hearing for Hunter Biden, mirroring the procedure used by Democrats in Trump’s impeachment inquiry.
The Republican strategy appears to be focused on meticulously uncovering and presenting information related to the Biden family’s activities and alleged corruption. Comer and his colleagues seem aware that a conviction in the Senate is unlikely due to Democratic opposition, regardless of the findings. Therefore, their objective seems to be to bring all relevant information to light ahead of the election, allowing voters to make an informed decision.
In essence, the Republicans aim to methodically expose any wrongdoing, leaving the final judgment and potential consequences to the electorate. The focus is on transparency and accountability, ensuring that the process is thorough and that the inquiry serves to inform the public.
Author: Blake Ambrose