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CNN anchor Phil Mattingly brought the fact-check hammer down on Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) on Tuesday as she defended the GOP effort to impeach President Joe Biden, despite not having any evidence of a crime the president may have committed.
"The House Oversight Democrats put out their own summary of where they think things stand," said Mattingly. "'None of the bank records show any payments to President Biden. None of the SARs' — suspicious activity reports — 'alleges or suggests any misconduct by President Biden, nor do they show any involvement by President Biden in Hunter Biden's financial or business relationships.' Your response to that."
"Yeah," said Mace. "I think there's corroborating evidence, emails, Hunter Biden is paying, half his money went to his father. The bank records will show that ... we saw Joe Biden literally brag on TV, in speeches, about bribing — the bribery in Ukraine going on. And getting Shokin fired, and when you add it all together—"
"Let's talk about Viktor Shokin," said Mattingly. "In terms of the prosecutor, the timeline on that as well as the Western Communities Alliance in backing of that decision, and some of the testimony your committee has received related to Shokin, one of Hunter Biden's associates, they had under their control — it doesn't line up with the idea that this was some move that was made—"
"Well, the bank records can help determine that," insisted Mace. "If we prove that bribery did happen, $10 million was exchanged to Hunter Biden and Joe Biden the bank records would prove that out. I don't know why there's resistance to showing the money. To me that's confusing and why would Joe Biden feel the need to lie about it if he was not involved. He lied about China. He lied about being on phone calls. He lied about being involved in his son's business or having any knowledge ... I think the bank records will prove out who is telling the truth, the whistleblowers or Joe Biden."
"The whistleblowers don't allege anything directly connected to President Biden," pointed out Mattingly.
"Well no," admitted Mace. "But we have more witnesses, more whistleblowers that are going to be coming forward. I want the bookkeeper. I want to subpoena Hunter Biden. I want to see Joe Biden's bank records to figure out who's telling the truth here. Because somebody is lying."
"And your view is the impeachment inquiry will give you more tools, so that's why you support moving forward," said Mattingly.
"Right," said Mace. "My understanding is that we would get access to Joe Biden's bank records, easier access to them to prove it out. So to see who is telling the truth."
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Donald Trump has been pushing congressional Republicans to impeach President Joe Biden, and now he's urging them to use the 25th Amendment to push him out.
The former president raged Tuesday morning over the terms of the State Department agreement to unfreeze $6 billion in Iranian funds to complete a previously announced prisoner swap, which would return five Americans in exchange for five Iranians and the transfer of those funds from South Korea to Qatar.
"So, lets get this straight!" Trump posted on his Truth Social website. "We did a hostage TRADE with Iran. We gave them 5 very tough, smart people that they desperately wanted. We likewise got back 5 people BUT, we also gave them 6 BILLION DOLLARS! How much of a kickback does Crooked Joe Biden get? Does anyone realize how much money 6 Billion Dollars is?"
"When I was President, I got back 58 hostages for ZERO money," Trump added. "Remember Pastor Brunson? It sets a TERRIBLE precedent."
The ex-president then called for Republicans to invoke the 25th Amendment mechanism for removing Biden from office, although the Constitution grants that authority to the vice president and Cabinet officials, and not the legislative branch.
"Republicans, call out the 25th Amendment, NOW!" Trump said. "Biden is INCOMPETENT!"
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is expected to endorse an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden this week in a bid to relieve pressure from right-wing lawmakers in his caucus.
However, Politico's Playbook is reporting that this may not save McCarthy from political turmoil as members of the House Freedom Caucus may still shut down the federal government regardless.
At issue is the fact that many Freedom Caucus members want to enact deeper spending cuts than the ones already agreed to in the bipartisan debt ceiling deal that McCarthy brokered earlier this year with the Biden White House.
However, Politico notes that "this is an exercise in futility" given that "the White House, congressional Democrats and Senate Republicans have shown no signs of abandoning the previously negotiated spending agreement," which means that the Freedom Caucus will be forced to swallow the original deal that McCarthy cut with Biden.
And when that happens, Politico writes, a political firestorm will likely ensue.
"We’re on a path for maximum chaos, have no doubt," the report argues. "The Freedom Caucus, allied grassroots groups and one of McCarthy’s fiercest internal critics are set to ratchet up pressure today... as sparring between the House GOP’s factions enters a new and nasty phase."
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