In a covert effort to undermine the imminent impeachment inquiry into President Biden, House Oversight Committee’s top Democrat, Jamie Raskin, has been conducting behind-the-scenes talks with Republicans. Raskin, known for his close ties with both right-wing and moderate GOP members, is strategically countering their arguments by highlighting the Biden administration’s purported cooperation with investigators.
According to Fox News, reports indicate that Raskin is not merely engaging in friendly chats but is actively working to sway Republicans away from supporting the impeachment proceedings. In response to GOP concerns and potential information gaps, House Oversight Democrats are preparing meticulously crafted “fact sheets” aimed at providing a comprehensive, fact-based appeal to their Republican counterparts.
One of these documents zeroes in on obstruction, seeking to defend the Biden administration, banks, and private citizens who have allegedly exhibited “extraordinary cooperation” with the committee’s investigation into the Biden family’s business dealings. Another memo delves into the defense of the controversial firing of Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin, a focal point in the ongoing impeachment saga.
Republicans, leading the charge in the impeachment inquiry, are scrutinizing an FBI-generated document detailing an alleged bribery scheme involving Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, and Burisma CEO Mykola Zlochevsky. This confidential human source (CHS) reporting document is pivotal in the investigation overseen by Special Counsel David Weiss.
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer claims that Democrats, while contending there is no evidence of wrongdoing by President Biden, are actively obstructing the evidence-gathering process. Democrats are also highlighting financial transactions involving Joe Biden and his brother, James Biden, asserting that these were short-term, interest-free loans.
With the House Rules Committee gearing up for a meeting to formalize the impeachment inquiry framework against President Biden, the internal dynamics within the Oversight Committee underscore the escalating clash over allegations of corruption and dubious financial dealings involving the Biden family.
The impeachment inquiry, spearheaded by Comer, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, and House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith, unfolds against a backdrop of mounting political tensions.
Canadian-U.S. border illegal crossings up 240% over previous year
The vulnerability of the northern border of the United States is being weaponized in the war on illegal migration. 2023 saw a 240% increase of individuals apprehended from just one year prior. Not only is the border with Canada significantly longer than its border with Mexico, but its ports of entry are often understaffed while the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is forced to prioritize the southern surge.
According to recent data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in 2023 authorities halted over 12,000 migrants attempting illegal crossings at the Canadian border. The number is a 240% increase from the preceding year when 3,579 individuals were apprehended.
ADN America reports that approximately 70% of the illegal crossings took place along a 295-mile stretch along the northern New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire border called the Swanton Sector.
Chief patrol agent for the sector, Robert Garcia, posted on social media that the 3,100 individuals apprehended were from 55 different countries.
Garcia wrote “the record-breaking surge of illegal entries from Canada continues in Swanton Sector” and he specifically mentioned that the arrest of 10 Bangladeshi citizens was prompted by a citizen’s report in Champlain, New York.
Surprisingly, ADN reports:
A significant number of those engaging in illegal crossings are Mexicans who exploit the opportunity to fly to Canada without a visa, also avoiding the presence of cartels in their home countries.
Experts suggest that migrants can purchase a $350 one-way plane ticket from Mexico City or Cancun to Montreal or Toronto. This route is perceived as offering a lower likelihood of being turned away compared to those crossing the southern border.
Middle East6 days ago
U.N. Report: Al-Qaeda resurgence happening in Afghanistan under Taliban
Immigration6 days ago
FBI warns Venezuelan, other foreign gangs ‘exploiting migratory surge’ at U.S. border
Economy5 days ago
Michigan asks residents to house migrants, enroll children in school and help adults find employment
International5 days ago
Report: North Korean ballistic missile fired by Russia into Ukraine contained components sourced from U.S.