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WASHINGTON TIMES: DAVID BOSSIE: Bank records don’t lie: Bidens’ business dealings will be uncovered

President Biden and the Biden family business have a big problem on their hands: Bank records don’t lie. For years now, with the help of the corporate mainstream media, they’ve obfuscated, ducked, denied and dismissed their lucrative influence-peddling operation — hiding in plain sight — as one big outlandish conspiracy theory. But as Congress starts connecting the dots with critical evidence that has eluded the public until now, the old lies no longer hold water.

Even when the treasure trove of evidence on Hunter Biden’s laptop was first reported by the courageous New York Post, the Bidens and their powerful Washington allies perpetuated their big lie, this time with the help of former high-ranking U.S. intelligence officials, Big Tech social media giants, and even the FBI.

And for the first two years of the Biden administration — the least transparent administration in history — the White House was not pressured by the biased liberal media to answer serious questions about any of the corruption allegations swirling around about the Biden family’s business interests in China, Ukraine, Russia and other foreign countries. Even after The New York Times admitted in March 2022 — 18 months late — that the laptop and its contents were authentic, the legacy media continued to assist in the cover-up by keeping the story from “getting legs.”

But now that Republicans are in the majority in the House of Representatives, the American people are finally getting some long-overdue transparency and accountability. As with so many other major issues that the mainstream media has failed to cover adequately for political purposes, such as the origin of COVID-19, Reps. James Comer and Jim Jordan — chairmen of the House Oversight and Judiciary committees — are now in a position to provide a much-needed check on the once-untouchable Biden administration.

Recently, the Committee on Oversight and Accountability disclosed a $3 million wire transfer from a Chinese company by the name of State Energy HK Ltd. — in 2017, about 40 days after Mr. Biden left the vice presidency — that was sent to a Biden family business associate who then disgorged over $1 million to members of the Biden clan. These transactions raise big questions that demand answers from Mr. Biden and other members of his family. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has indicated that there are 11 more subpoenas for more bank records relating to Biden pay-for-play business deals in the pipeline. So rest assured, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

These initial documents provided to Congress by Bank of America confirm that Joe and Hunter Biden have been lying about the family’s overseas financial entanglements for a very long time. In an interview with ABC News in 2019, Hunter Biden even went as far as to say that the allegations of corruption had “no basis in fact” and that he hadn’t received any money — “not one cent,” as he described it — as a result of his foreign business dealings.

Similarly, in a 2020 debate against then-President Donald Trump, then-candidate Biden told the American people that “I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life.” But the false statements don’t end there. Don’t forget that Mr. Biden claimed he’s never, ever discussed business with Hunter even though emails and firsthand accounts have contradicted him. He even called a voter in Iowa a “damn liar” for daring to ask about Hunter’s gig with Burisma in Ukraine, and just the other day, the president told a reporter asking a question about the new wire transfer from China that it is “not true,” even though bank records make clear that it is true. It reminds me of the old Bill Clinton approach, “are you going to believe me or your lying eyes?”

To make matters worse, as the biased media remains unwilling to cover the story and turn up the heat on the Biden White House, they’re in a full-blown frenzy covering District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s circus in Manhattan. Radical Democrat Bragg’s partisan drive to indict former Mr. Trump for a minor bookkeeping allegation for which the statute of limitations has expired should be viewed as nothing more than a blatant abuse of power for political purposes. The American people are sick and tired of this un-American double standard and the politicization of our justice system.

Every one of us should want to know if the sitting president of the United States is compromised — even left-wing operatives posing as journalists. But rest assured, by simply following the money like in the case of Richard Nixon and Watergate, House investigators are going to find out whom Mr. Biden answers to one way or another. In the end, the truth will prevail.

• David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United and he served as deputy campaign manager for Donald J. Trump for President.

DAILY CALLER: DAVID BOSSIE: Step One To Fixing America’s Border Nightmare — Show Mayorkas The Door

The brutal murder of two Americans by the Gulf Cartel crime organization in Mexico is just the latest reminder of the decades-long national tragedy that’s playing out at our southern border.

Like Kate Steinle and Mollie Tibbetts before them, Shaeed Woodard and Zindell Brown are dead because of America’s irresponsible “Wild West” open border policies that fail to protect our citizens and defend our national sovereignty. While President Joe Biden funds Ukraine’s war against Russia, there’s another war zone right under his nose that his reckless policies have greatly exacerbated.

So the question is, how many more people have to die before someone is held accountable?

It’s been more than 10 years now since Donald Trump started calling out members of both political parties for their tone deaf policies on illegal immigration. The stated positions of both the Obama-Biden administration and scores of establishment Republicans at the time was to simply reward illegal behavior with blanket amnesty and ignore security, drug and crime concerns.

During his term in office, President Trump did a lot of positive things to secure our border — including getting large portions of border wall built — even in the face of constant resistance from the uni-party in Washington, D.C. But that all ended with the election of Joe Biden and his decision to make Alejandro Mayorkas Homeland Security Secretary.

On the campaign trail, candidate Biden telegraphed to would-be illegal immigrants and drug cartels what his open border policy would look like and on day one he made good on his promise. Now, we’re in the midst of a crisis the likes of which we’ve never seen.

If you’ve come to the conclusion that Secretary Mayorkas was installed in his lofty position to manage the invasion of our country, you’re not wrong.

He regularly lies to Congress and the American people, and in the process has allowed a fentanyl epidemic to sweep the nation. There were over 100,000 drug overdose deaths in America in the last calendar year and yet the Biden White House says with a straight face that fentanyl trafficking is at “historic lows.” This Orwellian doublespeak is completely unacceptable — but the corporate media is out to lunch.

At a recent hearing on the border crisis, Congressman Clay Higgins — a former sheriff’s captain — said of Secretary Mayorkas, “if I could arrest you for violations of Louisiana revised statutes, I would.” Rep. Higgins is exactly right and is simply saying out loud what millions of common sense Americans are thinking.

While Congress doesn’t have the power to arrest someone, they do possess the power to impeach executive branch officials for high crimes and misdemeanors — and that’s exactly what needs to happen in the case of Secretary Mayorkas.

The crime scene at the U.S.-Mexico border must be addressed with a sense of urgency because what’s taking place there right now must never become the new normal. That’s why before Congress leaves for August recess, they should lay out the mountain of evidence against Secretary Mayorkas and vote to remove him from office.

House Republicans must make the Mayorkas impeachment vote a referendum on Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ horrific open border policies. It’s a vote that says no to lawlessness, drug trafficking, cartels, murder, sanctuary cities, illegal immigrant voting rights — the entire catastrophe.

For those weak-kneed politicians in the U.S. House — in either party — who may think impeachment is unjustified, make your voice heard and embrace Mayorkas’ disgraceful tenure by voting to allow him to proceed with his invasion unimpeded.

Furthermore, sending articles of impeachment to the U.S. Senate would force battleground state senators to take a position. Do Democrats up for re-election in 2024 support Secretary Mayorkas and his deadly invasion or not?

The American people deserve a national debate on the open border disaster that’s crippling our country and Mayorkas’ impeachment can serve as the vehicle.

The Mexican crime cartel responsible for the recent murder of Americans issued a handwritten letter of apology for a reason. They’re concerned that the American government is finally going to get smart, secure the border and help put them out of business once and for all.

It’s time to make their nightmare a reality and it starts with showing Mayorkas the door.

David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United, and he served as deputy campaign manager for Donald J. Trump for President in 2016. @David_Bossie @Citizens_United

THE HILL: DAVID BOSSIE: Why the FEC and the left want to control social media: To silence dissent

The left controls much of the mainstream media in our country; the left controls most of Hollywood; the left controls most of academia, and most of the vast federal bureaucracy. And, like any other power-hungry monstrosity, their lust for control is insatiable and will never extend far enough.

Now, leftists want to control the internet by any means necessary and crush one of the last bastions of freedom in America.

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is considering a major expansion in its regulation of internet communications; like so many attempts before it, this assault on political social-media influencers infringes on protected First Amendment free speech rights.

The latest effort to pressure the FEC to over-regulate has one central goal: to make it harder for everyday Americans to have their voices heard in the political arena. This folly runs parallel to a terrible decision in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., that rejected a restrained approach to regulating communications on the internet. Ironically, the case involves Hillary for America and David Brock’s Correct the Record, including their internet communications during the 2016 election.

Those pushing the left’s unconstitutional agenda this time give themselves phony “anti-propaganda” titles but belong to the same crowd that nodded its approval when the federal government told the Supreme Court it had the power to ban books during oral arguments for Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Through it all, the First Amendment to the Constitution remains crystal clear: “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech” — something the left can’t stand.

However, Big Government advocates never rest; if they can’t chill political speech through legislation, they’ll try to do it through a new regulatory scheme brought to you by their allies in the faceless unelected bureaucracy.

Our Founding Fathers envisioned a free, open society that encouraged robust political debate without fear of government reprisal. The patriots who fought and died to make our constitutional republic a reality understood that tyrannies will always seek to shut down debate they don’t like and set up guardrails to prevent that from playing out in their own fledging country.

Well, here we are. The executive branch is growing exponentially in its reach, by the day, and in far too many instances exists simply to infringe on our liberties. As President Reagan prophetically stated, “man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts.” Reagan was right and the left knows it; but they aren’t interested in liberty — only in power over the people in their quest to fundamentally transform our country into something unrecognizable.

The United States was founded on anonymous speech — something the left likes to forget because they seek total control, just like King George. So, they see no problem with forcing overly burdensome disclosure laws on the less powerful whenever it’s to their advantage. This time it’s to police how social-media influencers are utilized by political campaigns. But if anyone suggests that The New York Times — which, in my opinion, is just an arm of the Democratic National Committee at this point — should have to live by the same rules, the left blows a gasket. This is just another case of “regulation for thee, but not for me.”

In these uncertain times when censorship is the order of the day, we must stay vigilant. The internet regulation matter before the FEC and the stunning revelations that the federal government is working with social media companies to ban factual stories from the public eye are interrelated. Simply stated, the left wants to label any speech they don’t agree with as misinformation, to ensure they retain power.

The dangerous encroachment on free speech in America must be confronted and those colluding behind the scenes to gut our rights must be exposed and defeated.

David Bossie is president of Citizens United, a conservative advocacy group, and was a plaintiff in Citizens United V. Federal Election Commission in 2009. He was deputy campaign manager of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Follow him on Twitter @David_Bossie and @Citizens_United.

DAILY CALLER: DAVID BOSSIE: Americans Will Never Forget ‘The Buttigieg Botch’

In early 2015 when Donald Trump was gearing up to run for president, there was a growing feeling in America that the administration in power was prioritizing seemingly everything but the tens of millions of Americans who work hard and play by the rules.

The tone deaf duo of Barack Obama and Joe Biden were instead focused on their disastrous Iran Nuclear Deal, the unfair Trans-Pacific Partnership trade compact and amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants.

The position of the Obama-Biden White House when it came to lost manufacturing jobs was “some of those jobs of the past are just not going to come back.” They regarded folks living in the Rust Belt as a “basket of deplorables” — and it showed.

Then-candidate Trump had his finger on the pulse of the country and ran a campaign centered on lifting up “the forgotten men and women” that resonated deeply with everyday Americans. Now eight years later, President Joe Biden and the out of touch elitists in his cabinet are once again showing their true colors and it’s a really bad look.

It’s been nearly three weeks since the horrible train derailment, fire and chemical spill in East Palestine, Ohio, that took place just minutes from the Pennsylvania border yet President Biden is nowhere to be found.

Instead of being on the ground in East Palestine trying to provide some comfort to the residents — where any leader worth their salt should be — Biden was off traveling in Ukraine and Europe announcing an additional $500 million in aid for America’s new forever war. This latest round of funding is on top of the staggering $113 billion that’s already been sent to help fight the Russians.

Secretary Pete Buttigieg on the other hand has refused to visit the crash site until now simply because he’s concerned what the photographs taken there will do to his future political aspirations. For pathetic “Mayor Pete,” it was much easier to point fingers and run for cover. But make no mistake, the Transportation secretary’s unacceptable delay to step up and do his job will be remembered as “The Buttigieg Botch.”

The disgraceful episode makes clear that the Biden-Harris Administration views East Palestine as flyover country and it would rather prioritize sending unlimited taxpayer dollars to Ukraine for “as long as it takes” than to hurting families in Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. Former President Trump recognized Team Biden’s leadership failure and that’s why he visited East Palestine this week to show his support and raise awareness of the unfolding disaster.

If President Biden is truly president of all the people as he insists, he’s sure got a funny way of showing it.

Biden’s addiction to putting “America Last” doesn’t end with the catastrophe in Ohio by a long shot. From the first day of his administration, this president recklessly opened our southern border to illegal immigrants and continues to lavish them with all the taxpayer-funded government handouts at his disposal.

And to make matters far worse, Biden’s open border policies have caused a deadly fentanyl crisis in our neighborhoods and created a magnet effect for scores of bad actors on the terrorist watch list. The shameful situation at the U.S.-Mexico border is proof positive that Biden is more interested in helping illegal aliens than U.S. citizens struggling to makes ends meet in the midst of his inflation crisis.

President Biden is attempting to fundamentally transform the United States from the country we know and love into something far different, so it’s no surprise that his platform is dominated by measures designed to put America last.

Look no further than his war on American energy, which has caused gas prices to increase from $2.39 on the last day of the Trump administration to an average of $3.39 today. Biden’s bold solutions for exploding gas prices? Raid our Strategic Petroleum Reserve and tell people to buy an electric car they can’t afford. Only a Washington career politician of 50 years could make such awful decisions.

Today’s Democrats are a party of coastal elites who don’t understand the problems of everyday Americans and don’t pretend to care. The train derailment and environmental tragedy in Ohio is just the latest example of this well-known fact.

Instead of providing political cover for their allies in the Biden White House, the corporate media ought to do the right thing and demand Secretary Buttigieg’s immediate resignation. Today’s long overdue visit and press availability confirmed he has no business being in charge of the Department of Transportation.

It’s time for some much needed accountability.

David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United, and he served as deputy campaign manager for Donald J. Trump for President in 2016. @David_Bossie @Citizens_United

WASHINGTON TIMES: DAVID BOSSIE: In Biden’s incompetent Cabinet, how has no one been fired or asked to resign?

They say that it takes an incompetent president to appoint an incompetent Cabinet.

President Biden and his gang that can’t shoot straight remind us each and every day that this is true. The administration’s disastrous performance also reminds us that elections have consequences. Since Mr. Biden took office in January 2021, his policies have caused inflation, border, gas price and spy balloon crises, just to name a few. Unfortunately, we have to wait another 20 months until they can vote Mr. Biden and his band of misfits out of office for good.

When it comes to inflation incompetence, look no further than Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. In her powerful position, she is supposed to advocate sound economic policies that help the American people. But when millions of hardworking families were struggling with out-of-control inflation not seen in 40 years, Ms. Yellen helped pave the way for the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, which had nothing to do with reducing inflation. Even Paul Krugman at The New York Times admits: “The strategically misleadingly named Inflation Reduction Act is mainly a climate bill.”

So when it was time to fight for lower costs, Ms. Yellen instead chose to hoodwink Americans by pushing a left-wing climate change bill that stole hundreds of billions of dollars from taxpayers who thought they were getting help with the crushing burden of inflation when they really needed it.

Over at the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s incompetence was on full display recently as the nation watched with bewilderment as a Communist Chinese spy balloon slowly made its way over the entire continental United States before being shot down off the coast of South Carolina. In response to the fiasco, Mr. Austin supported the bizarre decision to take down three other flying objects before knowing exactly what our military was shooting at. As it turns out, those targets were probably just weather balloons. This entire episode made America look weak and incompetent and added fuel to the fire that the Defense Department under Mr. Austin’s leadership is more focused on implementing the woke agenda than defending American security.

Empty-suit politicians are a dime a dozen, but politicians with true leadership skills and core competence are hard to come by.

After the horrific train derailment and fire that occurred in East Palestine, Ohio, on Feb. 3, all of America now knows what category spineless and ham-handed Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg belongs in. Sec. Buttigieg is so concerned with harming his future political aspirations it took him nearly three weeks to announce a trip to the site of the wreck to hear from the people most effected by the disaster. You’d think that “Mayor Pete” would understand the importance of supporting small-town America at trying times such as this, but Mr. Buttigieg has let his true colors shine through. Mr. Buttigieg is a left-wing elitist, and places like East Palestine are just flyover country as far as he’s concerned.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is the godfather of incompetence in the Biden Cabinet. Mr. Mayorkas will be remembered as the secretary who allowed an invasion of his own country to take place, set records for drug overdose deaths on his watch as a result, and gave those on the terrorist watchlist incentive to try to enter America through our southern border. Any border security chief in any other country in the world would have been fired for gross incompetence long ago, but not in the upside-down Biden administration. In the years to come, future nominees for homeland security chief should study the “Mayorkas model” as the way not to make a country safe and secure. Mr. Mayorkas’ incompetence ought to get him impeached by the House of Representatives.

Sadly, these examples of incompetence are just the tip of the iceberg. For example, out-of-touch Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm’s problem with gas stoves and support for politicizing the Strategic Petroleum Reserve could have easily made the list. But all this being said, how is it possible that more than halfway through a dreadful term in office, no Biden Cabinet member has been fired or asked to resign?

Well, there’s enough blame to go around. Liberal journalists have given senior Biden officials a pass for two years due to the unhealthy alliance between the mainstream media and the Democratic Party. However, as President Harry Truman liked to remind people, “The buck stops here.” And Mr. Biden is old enough to know exactly what that means.

• David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United and served as deputy campaign manager for Donald J. Trump for President.

DAILY CALLER: DAVID BOSSIE: Dems Changed The Rulebook For Congressional Oversight. Now, Republicans Must Use It Against Them

During the previous Congress, the Democrat-controlled January 6 Select Committee ended decades of precedent and changed the rules when it comes to congressional oversight. Unfortunately for the Biden Administration, those newly-minted changes still apply now that Republicans are in control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

As the old saying goes, the toothpaste can’t be put back in the tube; the decision was made to break the system in order to make it easier to go after former President Donald Trump and Democrats must now live with it. New GOP Committee Chairs must be just as aggressive and utilize the new rules set by the J6 panel in their quest for answers from the least transparent administration in the history of our republic.

For two years, the Biden White House answered to no one — partisan hacks Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer were only interested in spending trillions upon trillions in taxpayer dollars, not questioning anything President Joe Biden and his cronies were up to. And it almost goes without saying at this point that their allies in the biased mainstream media would rather beat fake anti-Trump narratives to death than investigate Biden or Vice President Kamala Harris.

Going forward, Congressmen Jim Jordan, James Comer and anyone else holding a gavel should focus on running their own independent investigations. There’s no need to go hat in hand to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Committees shouldn’t wait for DOJ to reject a document request or hide behind tried and tested excuses like “sorry, it’s an ongoing investigation so we can’t help you,” because those are dilatory tactics designed to obstruct congressional investigations. Instead, go straight to the source of the records being sought and get them yourself.

Subpoena the banks, subpoena the telecommunications companies, subpoena Big Tech and subpoena all the business associates. On the heels of the January 6 Committee, it’s literally impossible to issue too many subpoenas.

Everyone knows the Justice Department’s investigation of Hunter Biden is going nowhere. That’s the reason there was no special counsel appointed for the case despite the obvious need for one – so the Biden White House through the president’s hand-picked Attorney General Merrick Garland could control what happens.

The new rules of the game, thanks to Pelosi, Congressman Bennie Thompson and former Congresswoman Liz Cheney are as follows: issue subpoenas, conduct closed door depositions, release information to the press — and repeat. And thanks to the J6 Committee, no pressure should be felt to hold any hearings any time soon.

Thompson and Cheney ran their probe like a grand jury, so Republican chairs should follow suit. Furthermore, because of the new “Bannon-Navarro Doctrine,” individuals or entities who fail to comply with subpoenas for documents or testimony must be held in contempt of Congress and criminal referrals must be acted upon without delay.

When it comes to the Biden family corruption investigation, the American people have been hearing about Hunter’s infamous laptop for nearly three years now and deserve to know the truth.

So, go get the bank records and see what foreign countries the wire transfers are coming from because every American should know if the president is compromised due to his family’s lucrative overseas business entanglements.

If you think the Biden administration is honest enough to police itself, think again. And if you think the liberal corporate media’s going to ask any truly inconvenient questions of this president, you guessed wrong. Only hard-nosed congressional oversight can provide some much needed transparency.

Eventually hearings can be held but not on someone else’s timetable. Individuals like former Biden business associate Tony Bobulinski should be public witnesses for certain, but don’t fall into the swamp’s trap.

Playing by pre-January 6 Committee rules gets you newspaper headlines like “An inauspicious start to House GOP hearings” and coverage of bogus polls that manufacture results like “the public felt, by 56 percent to 36 percent, the newly created select subcommittee on the ‘weaponization of the federal government’ was ‘just an attempt to score political points,’ rather than a legitimate committee.”

These are the same liberal media organizations that found candidate Joe Biden beating President Trump by 17 points in Wisconsin on the eve of the 2020 election even though the race in the Badger State was decided by less than one percentage point.

Attempting to label a subcommittee with a proper ratio of Republican and Democrat members as illegitimate after running cover for the January 6 Committee and its lopsided makeup is journalistic malpractice at its worst.

The new subcommittee led by Chairman Jordan consists of twelve Republicans and nine Democrats; the J6 Committee consisted of seven Democrats and two Trump-hating Republicans. The latter is the poster child of what an illegitimate congressional committee really looks like.

The lack of congressional oversight and scrutiny from the mainstream media for the past two years has paved the way for a nation in crisis. The House GOP must now ask the tough questions and finally hold those responsible accountable.

David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United, and he served as deputy campaign manager for Donald J. Trump for President in 2016. @David_Bossie @Citizens_United

WASHINGTON TIMES: DAVID BOSSIE: When will Biden and Congress get America’s fiscal house in order?

President Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy met at the White House last week to kick off a dialogue about much-needed spending reforms and raising our nation’s exploding debt limit yet again.

After years of overspending due to the COVID-19 pandemic and irresponsible uni-party politicians who are incapable of restraint, our national debt has ballooned to a once-unimaginable $31 trillion with no end in sight.

For far too long, leaders from both parties have drifted aimlessly from fiscal crisis to fiscal crisis and deadline to deadline, with the final result, virtually always turning out the same: Just kick the can down the road one more time. Just this past December, it was the issue of funding the federal government and whether to pass another multitrillion-dollar omnibus bill monstrosity or pass a short-term continuing resolution until the new Republican majority in the House took power.

And per usual, the swamp prevailed by passing a 4,000-page, $1.7 trillion bill that no one read or seriously debated before voting on it. The entire episode amounted to a stunning abuse of power, and the American people took notice.

There hasn’t been a serious debate about budgeting and spending in Washington since 2011, when House conservatives led by Rep. Jim Jordan and other tea party-backed change agents demanded spending caps in exchange for a debt ceiling increase. Then-Vice President Joe Biden was more than happy to negotiate a compromise agreement that became known as the Budget Control Act.

Now, 12 years later, America is again in desperate need of a no-nonsense spending discussion followed by meaningful action. The Washington establishment and mainstream media don’t agree; instead, they’re busy warning Mr. McCarthy and the House GOP not to fight for any fiscally responsible legislation whatsoever. Audible gasps can be heard if anyone dares to mention the words “reform” or “cut” in the halls of Congress.

There is no appetite in America for another useless commission to pontificate about the root causes of our national debt disaster. Hardworking American taxpayers already know the reason: career politicians spend their hard-earned money like unaccountable drunken sailors. And any attempt to slow the spending party down — even marginally — is met with a full-throated temper tantrum. Mr. Biden and the Democrats’ absurd position at the moment is, don’t you dare think about cutting one dollar!

This is the crazy upside-down world we live in; fiscal responsibility is frowned upon, and the left attacks common sense. The very career politicians who paved the way for our $31 trillion national debt aren’t willing to acknowledge the problem that’s staring them right in the face. They won’t negotiate or compromise, and they oppose regular order, open debate, the appropriations process and transparency — all hallmarks of a healthy constitutional republic.

Democrats won’t entertain modest cuts to discretionary spending, much less engage in a responsible discussion about how to ensure Social Security remains solvent for future generations — they would much rather leave it to someone else some other time. Liberals and RINOs simply have no interest in tackling the debt crisis they so gleefully created.

It wasn’t always like this. Just 22 years ago, America had a balanced federal budget and a modest, by today’s standards, $5 trillion national debt. In other words, it took over 200 years for our country to accumulate a $5 trillion debt and only two decades to jump to an unsustainable $31 trillion.

Many leaders refuse to speak of it, much less address our spending crisis. Their broken status quo is a warm, cozy blanket, and they can’t let go. That was until last year’s midterm election when the American people once again decided to check on the big spenders by electing a conservative reform-minded majority in the House of Representatives.

Mr. Jordan, Reps. Scott Perry, Chip Roy and other courageous conservatives are busy pushing inconvenient things like fiscal responsibility, transparency and accountability — and it’s downright refreshing.

A compromise on a federal spending reform package this year would be seen by the rest of the world as America leading by example and doing the right thing — even when it’s hard. It will show our friends and foes alike that the reports of our decline have been greatly exaggerated. We can’t kick the can down the road forever. Now that the pandemic is in the rearview mirror and emergency federal expenditures are no longer necessary, it’s the perfect time to get our fiscal house in order and get back to normal.

So if not now, when?

• David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United and served as deputy campaign manager for Donald J. Trump for President.

FOX NEWS: DAVID BOSSIE: Biden's State of the Union had one obvious takeaway and his speech sailed right past it

President Biden delivered his second State of the Union address on Tuesday evening and his meandering speech would have you believe the past two years under his rudderless leadership have been among the best in our nation’s history.  

The unpopular 80-year-old president was in full spin mode from the get-go, behaving more like a desperate candidate on the campaign trail ticking off so-called accomplishments instead of giving the American people what they deserve: a sober assessment of our country's standing by the leader of the free world.

The most obvious takeaway from Biden’s tone-deaf speech was the glaring optics problem that didn’t match his phony political rhetoric.

The reason Republican Speaker Kevin McCarthy was sitting in one of the chairs behind Biden this time around is that the American people chose new leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the recent midterm elections, they voted to stop Biden’s reckless left-wing agenda.

The truth is that if voters believed everything Biden professed tonight, Nancy Pelosi would still be speaker of the House. To be sure, when the president stated that "we’re just getting started," tens of millions of Americans responded, we've had enough already!

Biden delivered his annual speech to Congress in the wake of his administration’s clownish mishandling of the Chinese spy balloon carrying sensors and surveillance equipment that’s been dominating the news for the past week.

The episode highlighted President Biden’s weakness on matters of national security, particularly with regard to China, and the delay in shooting down the intelligence-gathering airship demands a full investigation.

Biden’s leadership team at the Pentagon seems more focused on implementing his woke agenda than protecting America from our greatest geopolitical adversary.

Congressional oversight of the Biden family’s financial entanglements with powerful Chinese business interests will only intensify from here.

While bloviating about the economy, Biden looked like he wanted to start singing "Happy Days Are Here Again" -- but the American people aren’t buying it.

The low unemployment rate and job creation statistics have nothing to do with President Biden’s counterproductive big spending policies. In fact, jobs would have come back faster had Biden simply done nothing.

President Biden talks about job creation as if we didn’t lose 22 million jobs due to a pandemic. Moreover, the unemployment rate on the eve of the COVID-19 lockdown in February 2020 was 3.5% – essentially the same as it is today.

The bottom line is that because of Joe Biden’s addiction to hyper-federal spending, inflation is still at a brutally high 6.5% and the average price of gas is still an exorbitant $3.45 per gallon. Moreover, according to recent polling data, a whopping 80% of Americans believe that the state of the economy is only fair or poor, 74% think a recession is coming, and only 16% say they’re better off since Biden took office.

For anyone who believes Biden is being genuine in his overtures for compromise and bipartisanship, recall his false promise of unity during his inaugural address in 2021 and his divisive speeches in which he labeled half of the American people a threat to democracy.

At his core, Biden is a prototypical career politician who says one thing and does the complete opposite.

This is the same person who is currently refusing to consider any reforms whatsoever to address out-of-control inflationary spending and our unsustainable $31 trillion national debt.

Make no mistake, when Joe Biden says he ran for president to fundamentally change things, he’s talking about more socialist policies.

Biden’s disingenuous claims about cutting the federal budget deficit omit the fact that he’s the individual most responsible for continuing enhanced COVID-19 emergency spending levels unnecessarily.

Nearly three years since the COVID-19 pandemic hit us, President Biden made clear in the speech that he’s still unwilling to put the coronavirus fully in the rearview mirror because it requires him to relinquish power back to the people.

This president and his administration have also proven themselves to be horrible stewards of taxpayer dollars.

Biden is an old pro when it comes to fleecing Americans to fund his radical climate change priorities but only offers talking points about the $163 billion in misspent COVID relief funds – which has been called the "greatest theft of taxpayer dollars in history."

Similarly, President Biden must clarify his costly vision for America with regard to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine. For example, he should explain in sufficient detail exactly how some $113 billion in aid is being spent. Biden’s current Ukraine policy – "as long as it takes" – won’t suffice because America’s been down that road one too many times.

In addition to Speaker McCarthy, Vice President Kamala Harris – our nation’s do-nothing border czar – also enjoys prominent seating for presidential addresses to Congress.

Harris’ presence on the dais behind Biden was a constant reminder of the disaster that this administration has purposefully created at our southern border.

Biden’s delusional demand for congressional action to "fix" the border that he broke with his irresponsible executive orders and careless rhetoric is dishonest to the Nth degree.

Impeaching Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and securing our open border should be Congress’ top priority to combat the illegal immigration crisis.

By not coming clean with the American people about recession fears, prolonged inflation, violent crime, fentanyl overdosing, or the Communist Chinese threat, Biden made it abundantly clear in his 2023 State of the Union address why his administration will be remembered as the least transparent in the history of the republic.

David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United, a Fox News contributor, the 2016 deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump for President, and the former chief investigator for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform and Oversight during the Clinton administration. He is the co-author with Corey Lewandowski of “Trump: America First: The President Succeeds Against All Odds,” along with "Let Trump Be Trump" and “Trump’s Enemies.”

FOX NEWS: DAVID BOSSIE: Biden's administration, the least transparent in our history, is about to get a great big wake-up call

In the name of political expediency and to make life as painful as possible for President Trump and his allies, House Democrats under the leadership of former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the illegitimate January 6 Committee made the conscious decision to set new precedent and change the rules when it comes to legislative branch power and congressional oversight. In doing so, they didn’t change things temporarily, they changed things forever. Republican committee chairmen should now utilize the new rules accordingly. 

Apparently, Attorney General Merrick Garland’s Department of Justice didn’t get the memo. Recently, the DOJ attempted a return to pre-Trump precedent when they informed House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, that they wouldn’t be cooperating with his document requests and will instead commence with the customary foot-dragging that used to be part of the "give and take" in our system of checks and balances — until now.

On account of the decisions made by Trump-deranged Democrats and Attorney General Garland himself, stonewalling Congress is no longer an accepted norm. The January 6 Committee created a new standard of "no mercy" and the Biden administration took full advantage of it. In essence, this means that no one can run out the clock out on Congress without serious consequences — not even political appointees at the Justice Department.

To put things in the proper context, this dramatic change in precedent is crashing into the least transparent administration in history.

For the past two years, the Biden administration was not forced to answer any tough questions from either the Democrat majority in Congress or the biased mainstream media.

Because of that disastrous arrangement, President Biden, his cabinet, senior staffers and faceless bureaucrats mistakenly believe they’re all untouchable.

Thankfully for the American people, with the election of the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives, there’s finally someone minding the store in Washington.

Republicans have been entrusted with the majority in the U.S. House — the People’s House — partly because millions of citizens believe the Biden administration is in dire need of some accountability.

Americans want answers about our open southern border, Biden’s botched Afghanistan withdrawal, the targeting of parents who attend school board meetings, COVID-19 origins, Biden’s mishandling of classified information and his family’s foreign business ties, and the unprecedented raid of Mar-a-Lago.

Telling congressional Republicans, "Sorry, it’s really none of your business," is no longer a sustainable strategy because of the changes that were put into place during the previous Congress.

The Justice Department isn’t a fortress; it’s part of your government that’s supposed to be of the people, for the people, and by the people.

Everyone knows that the executive branch has grown far too big and powerful, but that doesn’t mean Congress is no longer a coequal branch of government.

Republicans in the House must use all powers at their disposal — along with the new precedent that’s been set — to keep the executive branch from becoming an unaccountable monarchy or in the words of Biden — an autocracy.

Some of these powers include subpoenas and the ability to hold individuals and entities in contempt of Congress. But in the words of Eric Clapton, "it’s in the way that you use it."

In the post-January 6 Committee world that we live in, document requests that are brushed aside must be followed up with subpoenas without delay. And subpoenas that are refused must be enforced and complied with or met with speedy contempt of Congress votes and criminal referrals.

Criminal referrals must be handled in a totally non-partisan fashion and fully investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s office in the District of Columbia.

If the evidence supports a criminal indictment, then charges should be brought. This is the "Bannon-Navarro" contempt of Congress doctrine that the Democrats created; we can’t have a two-tiered system of justice in this country.

Republicans in Congress have their work cut out for them, there’s no doubt about that. The U.S. has a $31 trillion national debt, critical race theory and woke culture are infecting our public schools, deadly fentanyl is pouring across our border and social media companies are censoring free speech.

These are trying times indeed and moving the ball down the field with a small majority will be tough every step of the way — but this is no time to back down from a fight.

The Democrats made their bed, now they have to lie in it. The Biden administration must not be allowed to go back to playing by the rulebook that they just ran roughshod over to achieve their political goals.

So, send the subpoenas, demand transparency and hold them accountable — using the new rules they created.

David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United, a Fox News contributor, the 2016 deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump for President, and the former chief investigator for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform and Oversight during the Clinton administration. He is the co-author with Corey Lewandowski of “Trump: America First: The President Succeeds Against All Odds,” along with "Let Trump Be Trump" and “Trump’s Enemies.”

DAILY CALLER: DAVID BOSSIE: The Questions Joe Biden Doesn’t Want To Answer About His Document Dilemma

In 1994, Hillary Clinton held a high-profile press conference to answer any and all questions about the Whitewater investigation and various allegations of corruption that were threatening to derail her husband’s presidency. Then-First Lady Clinton sat before an army of reporters in the State Dining Room of the White House for an hour and let them do their jobs in the name of transparency. The Clinton White House insisted there was nothing to hide and decided to take questions regardless of the special counsel’s ongoing investigation.

Nearly 30 years later, something very different is happening inside the high walls of Joe Biden’s opaque White House. In stark contrast to the Clintons, Biden has chosen to keep the public in the dark and not answer any questions about his classified document fiasco. The president sends his press secretary out to the briefing room everyday not to provide transparency but to refer frustrated reporters to the White House Counsel’s office regardless of the question, as if it’s the lawyers who will shine some light on this all-consuming scandal.

Stonewalling the public is an old Washington dilatory tactic designed to starve the media of information so people lose interest over time. This is a failed strategy for Joe Biden, an unpopular president who has faced little to no scrutiny from the Democrat controlled Congress or his allies in the mainstream media for the first two years of his presidency. Those days are gone; there’s a new Republican majority in the U.S. House demanding answers and the spotlight is on the media to treat the Biden document investigation just like they treated the Trump document investigation — with vigor.

Since it’s been nearly three weeks since the document story broke, now’s an appropriate time to lay out the unanswered questions and outstanding issues that are swirling around — in case President Biden ever decides to open up.

Question Bucket 1: The Timing

-Why were Joe Biden’s personal lawyers looking in closets at the Penn Biden Center in the first place? Were lawyers really needed to pack up an office?

-Who were the points of contact at the White House pertaining to the discovery of classified documents at the Penn Biden Center? Did the timing of the discovery have anything to do with the raid at Mar-a-Lago?

-Why did it take over two months for the discovery of classified documents to be publicly disclosed? Did the midterm election have anything to do with the delay in disclosure?

-Why did it take well over a month to search Joe Biden’s garage in Wilmington after the Penn Biden Center discovery? Did a tip lead Biden’s lawyers to the garage? Why did it take weeks to search the rest of the Wilmington house and Rehoboth Beach house after the garage discovery?

Question Bucket 2: The Documents

-Who had access to the Penn Biden Center closet and the Wilmington House? How long were the classified documents stored in these locations? Did they ever get moved?

-Has Hunter Biden ever been to the Penn Biden Center? Was Hunter Biden aware that there were classified records there? Was Hunter Biden aware that there were classified records in the Wilmington house? Whose fingerprints are on the documents?

-When will the Biden White House release a list of visitors to the Penn Biden Center and the Wilmington House? Did Joe Biden ever conduct family business meetings at either location? Did foreign nationals from China, Russia, Ukraine or elsewhere ever visit either location?

Question Bucket 3: The Justice Department & National Archives

-Why did Joe Biden’s personal lawyers conduct the search of the garage after U.S. Attorney John Lausch had been tasked to review the Biden classified records matter on November 14?

-Why did DOJ decide against allowing the FBI to oversee the subsequent searches for classified documents until the January 21 search of the Wilmington house? What changed?

-Is the National Archives conducting a review of all Biden documents in their possession to see if anything is unaccounted for? Did the National Archives ever reach out to Joe Biden or his personal lawyers about his vice presidential records in the past?

-Will Special Counsel Robert Hur ask U.S. Attorney David Weiss if his investigation of Hunter Biden has uncovered any information that may be relevant to his case?

Question Bucket 4: The Investigation Going Forward

-Why did Joe Biden return to the Wilmington house after the special counsel was appointed? Were other Biden-affiliated properties searched that the public doesn’t know about? Are other searches being planned?

-Does Joe Biden keep any possessions in a private storage facility? Did Joe Biden or anyone connected to the Wilmington house or Penn Biden Center ever destroy or discard a government record of any kind? Are there security cameras at the Wilmington house and the Penn Biden Center? When will the American people see a list of general topics of the classified Biden documents, like in the case of Mar-a-Lago?

No matter how hard the White House tries, the Biden classified document scandal isn’t going away any time soon. If the president did nothing wrong, he should provide some much needed transparency to the American people and make these lingering questions go away.

David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United, and he served as deputy campaign manager for Donald J. Trump for President in 2016. @David_Bossie @Citizens_United

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