Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Someone Has To Bring Articles Of Impeachment Against Tony Blinken

I’ve been saying for a while that the Republicans in the House should be dropping articles of impeachment against every member of the Biden cabinet individually, and dragging each of the White House occupant’s top people through impeachment hearings. Turn those into the most unpleasant struggle-sessions imaginable, lighting each one’s political career on fire and giving the Democrats a taste of Brett Kavanaugh’s medicine.

Because in the case of just about all of them, unlike with Kavanaugh there are real, substantial reasons for impeachment and removal. Pete Buttigieg, or as my friend Dan Proft of 560 AM The Answer in Chicago calls him, “P-Butt,” ought to be impeached for what he’s done to the supply chain. Jennifer Granholm ought to be impeached for the state of the U.S. power grid and its downward trend. Lloyd Austin, Mark Milley and Jake Sullivan shouldn’t have survived the disaster in Afghanistan. Alejandro Mayorkas has already had impeachment articles filed against him over the border. Miguel Cardona deserves impeachment over a host of items related to education. Merrick Garland is a post in his own right.

And then there’s Secretary of State Tony Blinken, whose impeachment is richly deserved in so many ways I could write a book. Blinken bears blame for Afghanistan, for Ukraine, for our diminishing diplomatic clout vis-a-vis China, and so on. But now we’ve got a specific issue where he’s concerned which isn’t just gross incompetence and sloth but active malevolence at work, and he’s got to be made to face the music.

Remember the Hunter Biden laptop story which was suppressed by both mainstream and social media on the eve of the 2020 election? We know, based on numerous surveys taken after the fact, that had the information reflected in the New York Post reporting on what was on that laptop, including the corrupt influence-peddling and clearly compromised character of Joe Biden with respect to Ukraine and China, been allowed to fully circulate that Biden could not have won the election. Suppression of the laptop story might well have been the deciding factor in the race – those polls indicate that better than 10 percent of Biden’s voters wouldn’t have voted for him had they known about the laptop, and that’s more than enough to decide it.

One of the key rationales behind suppressing the laptop was a letter that some 51 “intelligence community” professionals, most of whom were shameless partisan hacks like Michael Hayden and James Clapper, put out to the media claiming that the laptop was “Russian disinformation.” That was nonsense, but it was a fig leaf used to suppress the story.

Guess who put all of that together? Oh, come on, you can do it, this isn’t a trick question…

All the disappointed media operatives huddled at Wilmington’s Superior Court, like Goldberg and CNN’s crestfallen Oliver Darcy, could make themselves useful in the president’s hometown. They could investigate a story that is bigger than Watergate but which they have shamefully avoided or downplayed for almost three years: Biden family corruption and the associated coverup, including by the FBI and Big Tech.

After all, the House Oversight and Judiciary committees have given them plenty of ammo.

Take the bombshell this week from former acting CIA Director Mike Morell. 

In a sworn interview, Morell has admitted it was Joe Biden’s presidential campaign that prompted the infamous letter in which Morell and 50 fellow former intelligence officials falsely claimed that material from Hunter Biden’s laptop published by The Post before the 2020 election was Russian disinformation, sources in the House Judiciary Committee have confirmed.

Tony Blinken, now secretary of state, was the Biden campaign foreign affairs adviser who urgently phoned Morell in October 2020 to suggest the laptop was a Russian plant.

“We can prove that the entire purpose of this letter at the outset was to influence a presidential election with some of the most senior people who have ever been in our intelligence community ­using the imprimatur of their security clearances to pave the way for Joe Biden’s presidency,” Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) told Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast this week.

Morell, now a CBS contributor (Hey, “60 Minutes,” scoop in your backyard!), was deposed last week by the House Judiciary Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government.

He admitted that, after the call from Blinken, he solicited signatures for his letter from 50 other former intelligence officials. 

The letter, published in Politico on Oct. 19, 2020, two weeks before the election, falsely claimed that emails from the laptop published by The Post had “all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation … Moscow [will] pull out the stops to do anything possible to help Trump win and/or to weaken Biden should he win.”

The letter was used by candidate Biden three days later, in his final debate against President Donald Trump, to deflect accusations about Joe’s involvement in his family’s international influence-peddling operation, which had garnered millions of dollars from China and Ukraine while he was vice president. 

“Morell wanted to be Joe Biden’s CIA director, got a phone call from Tony Blinken, who was representing the Biden campaign, saying, ‘Gee, Mike, doesn’t this Hunter Biden laptop look like Russian disinformation?’ ” said Gaetz.

The recent Fox News settlement in the Dominion Voting Machines lawsuit is being said to disprove allegations the 2020 election was stolen. That isn’t really true, though. Yes, the accusation that the voting machines were rigged to turn up false numbers doesn’t seem to be very well supported and looks false enough to dismiss, but – ballot-harvesting and old-fashioned counting-room hijinks notwithstanding – the suppression of an election-turning revelation two weeks before the vote is a pretty reasonable basis for an accusation of theft.

And Tony Blinken turns out to be a key actor in that.

We’d call it a high crime. Certainly more than a misdemeanor. So let’s see articles of impeachment against this man, and let’s see him face the music. Yesterday, if not sooner.