Top Democrat: It’s ‘clear’ Hunter Biden broke the law and he ‘should be held accountable’

Hunter wasn’t the only member of the Biden family a Democratic congressman argued “should be held accountable” as he asserted where it was “clear” who “broke the law.”

(Video: MSNBC)

An attempt to score political points against former President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers landed as a blow to Connecticut Rep. Jim Himes (D) own party Friday. Not only did the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee voice his favor for the investigations of Hunter Biden to come with consequences where warranted, he intimated as much for President Joe Biden as well.

Joining MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” Himes was asked about the potential impeachment inquiry of the president for alleged influence-peddling.

Beginning with a brag, the congressman replied, “Let me say something that you never heard a Republican member of Congress say in the four years of the Trump administration, which is that if Hunter Biden broke the law, he should be prosecuted. And it is clear that he broke the law with respect to taxes and possibly the ownership of a handgun. He should be held accountable for that.”

The Connecticut legislator further added, “If he traded on his father’s influence, he should be held accountable for that. And I’m emphasizing this because you never, ever heard a Republican say the same thing about Donald Trump or his family.”

Seemingly oblivious to how his comments reflected on the multiple impeachments of Trump, the ever-lasting Russian collusion hoax and the partisan Jan. 6 committee, Himes turned his focus on the president.

“Now, to the question about impeachment, there is today zero evidence, zero evidence that Joe Biden, the president of the United States, knew about what his son was doing,” he said before admitting, “If, if he did know about it, if he participated in that, then that is a very different conversation.”

Pushing the narrative of “MAGA extremists” and conspiracy theories, the lawmaker went on, “And if the president of the United States committed the kinds of offenses that in the Republican fever dreams they’re saying he committed without any evidence, I will also be in front of the cameras saying that the president should be held accountable.”

Mitchell then offered up a clip from House Speak Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) who had clarified his statements on a possible impeachment inquiry the day before. As reported, the GOP leader had been speaking to the need to have all the information available to come to a conclusion on Biden’s alleged involvement with his son’s foreign business deals.

“If they do not provide the information we need, then we would go to an impeachment inquiry,” McCarthy said before the press. “Impeachment inquiry…which simply is an investigation and providing Congress the power to do that investigation.”

Though continuing to frame his take as against the GOPs desired investigation, Himes’ argument stood in support of the purpose of an impeachment inquiry as he told Mitchell, “I generally come down on the side of let’s let the truth out.”


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