With Biden Impeachment In Tatters, James Comer Hits A New Low
Oversight Committee Chair James Comer can't find any objective witnesses to say Biden did anything wrong, so he is turning to an affiliate of the Trump campaign.
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This Is Where Biden Impeachment Is
It has been a while since we checked in on the Biden impeachment investigation, a.k.a. The Comer Follies, as House Republicans, have apparently abandoned ship on the impeachment of the President, but Comer’s investigation continues to move forward and waste taxpayer money.
Comer’s latest witness is a shady Trump campaign affiliate who claims to have knowledge of Biden wrongdoing named Tony Bobulinski.
House Oversight Committee Ranking Member sent a letter to Chair Comer warning him about his witness,
You made assurances that “100% of what Tony Bobulinski said has proven to be true” and described Mr. Bobulinski as “the one solid guy [in Hunter Biden’s orbit] that tried to do the right thing and was honest.”
However, publicly available information about Mr. Bobulinski, including his own contradictory statements, his mysterious ties to the Trump campaign, his refusal to engage with the Committee’s Democratic staff, and his problematic personal finances, raise significant concerns about his truthfulness, credibility, and motivations. If you are intent on looking past these glaring issues to call Mr. Bobulinski as a witness, you at least have a duty to ensure the Committee has all the evidence it needs to evaluate the reliability of Mr. Bobulinski’s testimony, including by calling additional witnesses who can speak to his ties to the Trump Administration and campaign and shed light on his authentic motivations in this matter.
Mr. Bobulinski’s blatant partisanship and repeated pattern of making partial and selective disclosures raise troubling concerns about his veracity and motivation. These concerns are exacerbated by the fact that he experienced significant financial difficulties at the time he decided to become involved with the Trump campaign in 2020.
In the months before his appearance as then-President Trump’s guest at the presidential debate, Mr. Bobulinski was sued by a company with ties to China for over $600,000 in a dispute that stemmed from a failed investment unrelated to his work with Hunter Biden.16 In February 2021, the company, China Branding Group, prevailed and a federal court issued a judgment against Mr. Bobulinski for the full amount. Mr. Bobulinski appealed the case, dragging it out for years, until it was resolved in favor of China Branding Group in January 2024 with a U.S. District Court ordering Mr. Bobulinski to pay the company nearly $500,000.18 In addition, a lawsuit filed in 2021 by a former employer of Mr. Bobulinski indicates that from 2016 through 2018, a period of time that overlaps with his time engaged in the SinoHawk venture, Mr. Bobulinski struggled to repay the company a sizable sum, over $1 million, that he borrowed from the company years earlier.
Collectively, these facts are worthy of extended investigation to understand Mr. Bobulinski’s personal motives and adequately evaluate the credibility of his allegations.
If you insist on moving forward with Mr. Bobulinski’s transcribed interview despite this large field of giant red flags, it is imperative that you ensure the Committee has access to all the information needed to assess Mr. Bobulinski’s claims. This means, at a minimum, requiring individuals such as Mark Meadows, Arthur Schwartz, Eric Herschmann, and Jason Miller—who have direct knowledge on how Mr. Bobulinski came to be involved with persons in the Trump Administration and campaign—to come before the Committee to shed some light on Mr. Bobulinski’s puzzling and deeply suspicious motivations.
Comer has reached the point where he has pulled a shady guy out of Trump World who has made debunked accusations before, is deeply in debt, and fits the chairman’s pattern of cherry-picking evidence to try to fit an imaginary Biden impeachable offense.
It might seem like the House Republican impeachment investigation is only about helping Trump in the 2024 election, but what Republicans are doing is more dangerous to the credibility of future government oversight and democracy as we will discuss below.