The news on Delery, the first openly gay White House counsel, came as The House Committee on Oversight and Accountability asked the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to provide unredacted emails from Biden's time as vice president that relate to Ukraine and natural gas company Burisma.
'Tacit admission of guilt'
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Reacting to allegations that Joe Biden used pseudonyms in emails while serving as vice president, radio talk-show host Jeff Crank tells AFN that innocent people don't use fake names. "That's a tacit admission of guilt," he says. "[It shows] you don't want to get caught doing what you're doing and you're trying to hide things."
According to Crank, evidence is mounting that even now there are external influences on Biden's foreign policies. "I do think that the president is very soft on China, where Hunter Biden did a lot of business – [and] he's very soft on helping Ukraine because his son did business there," he adds.
Crank is convinced Biden needs to be taken out of office. "One could argue … there should be an impeachment effort – but I think there's an equally valid argument that the American people will have their say and impeach the president in an election."
Either way, Crank suggests how Biden is held accountable will say a lot about what kind of country America is. "Nobody should tolerate that kind of corruption," he argues. "If we do, we're going to get the kind of government that that we deserve."
The further scrutiny regards Biden's apparent use of the pseudonym "Robert L. Peters" and other names, according to Newsweek.
"When I first heard that story, I couldn't help but think about that frog that's in the pot of water that all of a sudden starts to get a little hotter and a little hotter, and the frog naturally wants to jump out and get away from that pot of water before it gets too hot. I think that's what's going on here. I think counsel for the president realizes things are about to get really bad, really quickly," Rep. Nathaniel Moran (R-Texas) said on Washington Watch Friday.
On the surface, Delery's loss looks like a blow for the administration. The New York Times notes that Delery has been a key figure in helping shape and implement some of Biden's signature far-left policies while defending him against "Republican attacks."
Not the time for major staff changes
The timing is of interest as the election year of 2024 is roughly four months away.
The House interest in Biden "is not because of any political pursuit of the president because he's a Democrat, and we have Republicans in charge of the House," Moran told show host Jody Hice.
"It's because the rule of law must mean something in this country – and it does mean something to Republicans across the board who say, 'You know what? We need to go through this. We need to develop the facts.' We're not going to rush to judgment, but these facts are becoming overwhelming day after day, and they're building on one another."
The Oversight Committee, after threatening FBI Director Christopher Way with contempt charges, received in May the FBI form FD-1023 in which a paid informant said Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, each received $5 million payments in return for using Joe Biden's influence to have a Ukrainian prosecutor fired.
Prosecutor Viktor Shokin was investigating Burisma – and the investigation was making it difficult for Burisma to buy a U.S. oil and gas company, something Hunter Biden had advised, according to Fox News. Ultimately Shokin was fired.
In 2018, Biden spoke of the firing in public comments aired on C-SPAN, implicating then-Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko and another official in the process.
The committee wants full access to NARA's emails that were heavily redacted or withheld altogether in June.
Biden is believed to have used pseudonyms in the emails, Newsweek reported. The letter that NARA expressed concern about identified pseudonyms "Robin Ware" and "JRB Ware" in addition to "Peters."
"I've got to applaud him. I don't know what to call the president anymore. Do we call him Robert Peters, do we call him Robin Ware or do we call him JRB Ware? There are so many names out there that Chairman Comer is having to go after," Moran said.
There's a certain way that big cases come together
Moran expressed confidence in Comer, Judiciary chair Jim Jordan and Ways and Means chair Jason Smith.
"The American people should rest assured that we have great leadership in these positions," Moran told Hice. "We are systematically building a case. We're applying the facts to the legal standard, and you'll see the law has been violated."
Moran said his judicial experience in East Texas reminds him that prosecutors have to be meticulous in preparation.
"As a lawyer and a judge, I can tell you I've seen many cases developed over the years – [and] sometimes it takes time," explained the Texas Republican. "… When people begin to tell lies [and] you discover more evidence [over time], you begin to put that squeeze on them and back them into a corner until it is quite evident on multiple occasions that the lies are being told left and right."