Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives made a big show last week out of kicking George Santos from Congress over his two federal indictments and for fabricating stories about his personal and professional background.
The decision marks the sixth time the House voted to expel a lawmaker and the first time its target was an elected Republican.
If Congress’s new standard is to oust every politician Americans believed was guilty of lying, the legislative body wouldn’t exist. Plenty of politicians, like Democrats Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell, Bob Menendez, and Rashida Tlaib, have been at the center of ethics scandals and alleged criminality that would make the Founding Fathers blush. Yet they’ve continued in Congress with mere censure or the loss of committee roles.
No one is more deserving of the Santos treatment than President Joe Biden, who spent the last 50 years in politics lying through his teeth about his past, his education, a naval academy appointment, his late son, his grandkids, the circumstances that killed his first wife, desegregation, the state of our union, and even plagiarized.
Biden’s long history of making up stories to boost his image isn’t the only or most important reason he deserves to be removed from office. For Republicans and Democrats who claim to be so concerned with ethics that they were willing to get rid of Santos, Biden’s role in his family’s international influence-peddling scheme should give them more than enough justification to follow through on House Republicans impeachment inquiry.
The Bidens didn’t just exchange access to the then-vice president for cash to fund their lavish lifestyle. They were paid by oligarchs and businessmen in countries like Ukraine, Russia, and China that have a vested interest in meddling with U.S. affairs.
The publicization of Hunter Biden’s laptop shortly before the 2020 election yielded oodles of emails implicating the eldest Biden in an international pay-for-play scheme. In just the last few days, House Republicans uncovered evidence that Biden received monthly payments from one of Hunter’s companies, which sourced payments from Biden business associate Rob Walker’s company and Chinese energy conglomerate CEFC.
They also released a report confirming how the Department of Justice deliberately choked its investigation and tax crime charging recommendations for Hunter because it didn’t want to damage Biden’s reputation or presidential chances.
Biden faced minimal scrutiny for selling out the country to line his family’s pockets with foreign cash and lavish gifts like 3-carat diamonds. When confronted about the allegations, he deflects or lies so he doesn’t have to answer questions about the family business.
He told the nation from the 2020 presidential debate stage that the initial piece of Biden corruption evidence was Russian disinformation (a claim the FBI, the Department of Justice, then-Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, and then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo debunked). He also repeatedly insisted that Hunter “never made money on China,” despite oodles of evidence suggesting the opposite.
Biden sacrificed his country for profit, and Democrats and Republicans alike have done relatively nothing to punish him for such a grave abuse of power. That action, especially in light of their swift punishment for a congressman who helped Republicans keep their slim majority in the House, is inexcusable and leaves Americans vulnerable to the national security threat that is POTUS.