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Hunter Biden testified before two GOP-led House select committees behind closed doors today after a months-long battle over his subpoena and Hunter’s preference to testify publicly. Today, however, behind closed doors, it sounds as though the Republicans searched in desperation for any evidence to hold against President Joe Biden — and failed.

As of right now, the Republicans have no hard evidence, and the man who was formerly a critical informant has been arrested by the FBI for false statements and obstructing justice. In other words, their primary witness lied.

The day began with a fight on Fox and Friends regarding the sufficiency of the evidence against President Biden to even move forward with impeachment proceedings.

For all the criticism we give Fox News, it is important to note that Steve Doocy has been very level-headed in analyzing a lot of issues lately and is not relying on the usual Fox News conspiracy theory insanity.

Doocy correctly noted that there was no direct evidence against Joe Biden, stating, “And after dozens of interviews and over 100,000 documents released to the committees, the Republicans have yet to produce any direct evidence of misconduct by Joe Biden.”

That prompted the following from Brian Kilmeade and Ainsley Earhardt with Kilmeade stating:

“But man, this looks absolutely terrible. One-hundred fifty suspicious activity reports around them. Joe Biden was in on meetings with every major deal regarding Hunter Biden. He said, my dad is sitting next to me while talking to a Chinese CFC official.”

It makes one wonder: what is suspicious activity? Is this a category within an FBI investigation or a category within the GOP impeachment inquiries investigation?

Earhardt said:

“Many phone calls! “There’s a $200,000 check that was paid to Biden. Then you’ve got an inexperienced Hunter Biden who admitted that to ABC in an interview, he said, yeah, shouldn’t have real I don’t really have any experience in this. Then why are you on the board?”

There is no question that it was unethical for Hunter to sit on the Ukrainian energy company Burisma’s Board of Directors, but it wasn’t illegal, nor did Hunter do Burisma any favors because his then Vice President-father lobbied against Burisma’s corrupt interests on behalf of the American and European position regarding the company.

This is the type of thin gruel over which both Fox News hosts and GOP Reps. like James Comer (R-KY) argued, and it was likely carried right into the deposition room. The lack of evidence against President Biden is and seemingly always will be the biggest problem his GOP antagonists have.

Hunter Biden’s prepared opening statement included the following unequivocal assertion — his father was never involved in any of his business. He also wasn’t afraid to be emphatic about it:

“Over the last year, Republicans have taken my communications out of context, relied on documents that have been altered, and cherry-picked snippets of financial or other records to misrepresent what really happened. Examples of this include a few references to my family in emails or texts that I sent when I was in the darkest days of my addiction. If you try to do that again today, my answers will reveal your tactics and demonstrate the truth that my father was never involved in any of my businesses.”

There is more, but that gives you an idea of the painful but assertive and appropriately aggressive tone.

Meanwhile, back on Fox News, they can’t even really figure out what they want to pin on President Biden. Perhaps because, as Doocy states, there really is nothing.

Perhaps Republicans have momentarily forgotten that Joe Biden is 81 years old because Fox’s Earhardt demands to know how Joe has “million dollar houses,” forgetting that Biden has worked to age 81, probably saved a great deal throughout his life, sold best-selling books and has given paid speeches across the world.

Biden doesn’t own a Mar-a-Lago, but having a beach house in Deleware seems about right for a man who has worked as long as he has and earned the money he likely has.

As for the actual deposition that occurred behind closed doors, we cannot yet know what was said or if there was any evidence gleaned. But as the committee broke for lunch, several Democrats came out assertively stating that there was no evidence at all linking Joe Biden to any criminality.

Indeed, the Democrats ripped the deposition as an “embarrassing spectacle.”

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) emerged and said, “They’ve got nothing. That’s what we just witnessed for the last hour.”

Rep. Jaime Raskin (D-MD) made a clear and damning assessment, set out in part here:

“So, what we saw, I think, was a rather embarrassing spectacle where the Republicans continued to belabor completely trivial points. They seemed to be obsessively focused on speakerphones and use of speakerphones. I did not know that that was the Devil’s technology, but apparently it is.”

The Democrats seem to be unconcerned and angry that they’ve seen a lot of messy stuff about Hunter Biden but nothing linking Joe Biden to any criminality, something that Steve Doocy recognized this morning.

If the Republicans didn’t have an iota of Biden impeachment evidence at the beginning of today’s hearing, it’s less and less likely that they’ll have any more evidence by the end of the day.

Keep coming back to check for updates. The GOP does. It’s good for ratings — just ask Fox and Friends. 

Editor’s note: This is an opinion column that solely reflects the opinions of the author

Jason Miciak
Jason Miciak is an associate editor and opinion writer for Occupy Democrats. He's a Canadian-American who grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He is a trained attorney, but for the last five years, he's devoted his time to writing political news and analysis. He enjoys life on the Gulf Coast as a single dad to a 15-year-old daughter. Hobbies include flower pots, cooking, and doing what his daughter tells him they're doing. Sign up to get all of my posts by email right here:

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