Joe Biden's impeachment inquiry is now officially underway, but we are quickly finding out this goes much deeper than Joe's alleged ties to Hunter's business.
I have long maintained that Biden ran to protect his family and himself from prosecution.
Allegations made by House GOP members have me more convinced than ever this was the case.
A search warrant was issued in relation to a Foreign Agents Registration Act probe as part of the IRS investigation into Hunter Biden.
Joe Biden's name was nowhere to be found in that warrant, even though the ties between Hunter and Joe Biden have been shown from the laptop emails and texts.
According to GOP House officials, that is because the Department of Justice allegedly ordered the FBI and IRS investigators working the case to have any reference to Joe Biden removed from the documents.
IRS Whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler have blown the lid off this scandal with allegations of special treatment throughout this probe.
They were blocked throughout the investigation, including being told to stand down when they were getting ready to interview Hunter Biden.
Their collective testimony to the House Ways & Means Committee is at the heart of the allegations made by GOP House members against Joe Biden.
The Committee stated:
"The Biden Administration — including top officials at the Justice Department — lied to the American public and engaged in a cover-up that interfered with federal investigators and protected the Biden family, including President Biden himself."
One of the documents that was released by Republicans specifically calls for the removal of Political Figure 1, which is Joe Biden.
In one email referring to the draft of the warrant, Assistant U.S. Attorney Lesley Wolf wrote:
"As a priority, someone needs to redraft attachment B. I am not sure what this is cut and pasted from but other than the attribution location, and identity stuff at the end, none of it is appropriate and within the scope of this warrant.
"Please focus on FARA evidence only. There should be nothing about Political Figure 1 in here."
That is but one example of how far they were going to protect Joe Biden.
In another exchange, there is mention of possible campaign finance violations by Biden, but the agents were ordered NOT to look into those allegations.
Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO) will be leading the impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden.
He will be joined by House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) and House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH).
"The growing body of evidence further calls into question the Justice Department's attempted sweetheart plea deal for Hunter Biden, and the reasons for appointing the architect of that plea deal as the special counsel for Hunter Biden's case, in light of officials' efforts to protect President Biden and his son.
"This evidence makes clear Hunter Biden's business was selling the Biden' brand' and that access to the White House was his family's most valuable asset — despite official claims otherwise."
I want to play off my belief of why Joe Biden ran for office here.
Joe Biden always maintained that the DOJ would be its own entity in his administration, but that is something that I never believed.
At the very least, I believe that Biden, when meeting with Merrick Garland for the position of Attorney General, gave him very specific instructions on how this was all going to go down.
On the off chance, that there is no communication between Biden and Garland now, it does not mean that guidelines were not put in place when Garland accepted the appointment, nor does it mean Biden's advisers are not whispering in Garland's ear now.
Biden knows the impeachment will die in the Senate, but that does not mean it will not make a lasting impression on the American people.
I have openly admitted this impeachment is a very risky roll of the dice for Republicans. In poker terms, they have just pushed all in with a set while there is an open-ended straight and possible flush sitting on the board with a turn and river card to still come.
Make no mistake about it, my friends… this impeachment, one way or another, is going to determine the outcome of the 2024 election.