In a significant development, House Republicans are intensifying their scrutiny into whether President Biden played a role in his son Hunter Biden’s refusal to comply with congressional subpoenas, marking what they assert could be grounds for an impeachable offense.
The House Oversight Committee, House Judiciary Committee, and House Ways & Means Committee are jointly investigating the matter, aiming to determine if there are sufficient grounds to draft articles of impeachment against President Biden. This formalized inquiry follows the White House’s acknowledgment that the President was aware in advance of Hunter Biden’s decision to defy two congressional subpoenas.
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, both Republicans, penned a letter to White House Counsel Edward Siskel, notifying him of this expanded area of investigation. The Republicans contend that the President’s potential involvement in his son’s actions could constitute a conspiracy to obstruct Congress.
According to reports from Fox News, the subpoenas in question were issued for Hunter Biden’s deposition, with both committees planning to hold the proceedings simultaneously. Despite the congressional directives, Hunter Biden defied the subpoenas and instead appeared on Capitol Hill, delivering a public statement.
The Republicans expressed concern over White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre’s statement that President Biden was “certainly familiar with what his son was going to say” during the public statement. This statement, according to the Republicans, suggests that the President had advanced knowledge of Hunter Biden’s decision to defy congressional subpoenas.
Citing relevant sections of the criminal code, the chairmen emphasized the illegality of corruptly endeavoring to influence, obstruct, or impede the due exercise of congressional power. They argued that the evidence collected indicates improper inclusion of the President in Hunter Biden’s business endeavors and false claims about the President’s knowledge and involvement in these schemes.
The Republicans demanded all documents and communications related to Hunter Biden’s deposition, including those involving the law firm Winston & Strawn LLP and Kevin Morris. Additionally, they sought documents related to the President’s statement about his family’s business associates on December 6. The White House has until January 10 to produce the requested information.
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.
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