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Why hasn’t the COVID vax been stopped after all the deaths and injuries?

I have always been a proponent of personal freedom. I believe people should have the choice whether they want to get the COVID-19 vaccine and that that decision should be private and protected. I am strongly opposed to anyone being forced to get the vaccine and in fact, I have continuously worked to end the Biden Administration’s unconstitutional and overreaching vaccine mandates. I have supported legislative efforts to remove all tyranical  COVID-19 vaccine requirements and will continue to oppose all mandates. I have also led the fight against the Department of Defense’s efforts to punish those who did not receive the vaccine. Rest assured, I will never give up this fight!

Do you support impeachment of President Biden? 

For far too long, Joe Biden and his accomplices have escaped accountability and made a mockery out of our legal system. As the evidence keeps coming in, it’s clear to me that Hunter Biden was acting as his father’s bagman. But the liberal media keeps uttering, “Where is the evidence? There’s no evidence.” To say this is to ignore the mountains of damning information that the House Oversight and Accountability Committee has compiled throughout the 118th Congress. Here is the evidence that they desperately say doesn’t exist. 

Many of Hunter Biden’s business associates have testified that Joe Biden met with them. The two closest to Hunter, Rob Walker and Devon Archer were among them. Joe Biden, not only spoke with them: he took photos, played golf, gave White House tours, wrote letters of recommendation for their kids. But there are more concerning patterns that emerge as you dig deeper. 

Yuri Luzhkov and Yelena Baturina are Russian oligarch billionaires. Michael McFaul, the former United States Ambassador to Russia, identified Luzhkov as being corrupt. In 2014, Yelena Baturina wired $3.5 million to Rosemont Seneca Thornton, a shell company associated with Hunter Biden and Devon Archer. Soon thereafter, who does Yelena Baturina have dinner with? Then-Vice President Joe Biden. 

Kenes Rakishev and Karim Massimov are both Kazakhstani nationals. Massimov used to be the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan but is now in prison on charges of high treason, attempting a coup, and abuse of power. Rakishev, a Kazakhstani oligarch, wired $142,300 to Rosemont Seneca Bohai. The next day, Rosemont Seneca Bohai bought a Porsche for Hunter Biden in the amount of $142,300. Then soon after, guess who Rakishev had dinner with? Then-Vice President Joe Biden. 

Vadym Pozharsky and Mykola Zlochevsky, the CEO & CFO of Burisma, respectively. The former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt called Zlochevsky the “poster child of corruption.” Based on IRS whistleblower testimony provided to the Ways and Means Committee, Hunter Biden and Devon Archer earned $6.5 million from Burisma. And who do you think Vadym Pozharsky had dinner with? Then-Vice President Joe Biden. 

From 2014 to 2019, Biden family members and their affiliate companies received over $15 million from foreign companies and foreign nationals in Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Romania, and China. Biden business associates received an additional $9 million. Either Joe Biden is a very expensive dinner date or this smells like bribery. There are messages that seem to indicate that the latter is the case. 

On September 28, 2023, the House Oversight and Accountability Committee held our first impeachment inquiry hearing. I presented direct evidence that Joe Biden accepted a bribe. An FD-1023 form, which is a confidential human source or “CHS” document, proves this. A trusted FBI informant provided significant details alleging that then-Vice President Joe Biden was involved in a criminal bribery scheme. The informant describes how they told Mykola Zlochevsky, the owner of Burisma, that former Ukraine Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin’s investigation into Burisma would negatively impact Burisma’s prospective IPO in the U.S. 
Zlochevsky effectively told the CHS not to worry about it, as Hunter Biden “will take care of all those issues through his dad.” Around the same time, Joe Biden made a public statement claiming that Shokin is corrupt and ought to be removed from office. Zlochevsky told the CHS that “it cost 5 (million) to pay one Biden, and 5 (million) to another Biden.” This is direct evidence that Joe Biden accepted a bribe.

Based on the evidence, Joe Biden accepted a bribe, agreeing to call for Shokin’s removal and to interfere with Shokin’s investigation into Burisma for $5 million. The CHS also reports being told that Zlochevsky was “pushed to pay” the Bidens. But it doesn’t stop there! Zlochevsky told the CHS that both Hunter Biden and Joe Biden told Zlochevsky to keep Hunter on Burisma’s board. But wait, Joe Biden has denied talking about business with his son! Numerous times!

Here’s Joe Biden’s words from August 28, 2019, “First of all, I have never discussed with my son, or my brother, or anyone else, anything to do with their business.”

From September of that same year, “I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.”

And October of that same year, “I don’t discuss business with my son.”

And were these claims true? NO, THEY WERE NOT! In an interview back in 2019 with The New Yorker, Hunter Biden admitted that he did talk to his dad about business and specifically about Burisma.

Joe Biden claims that there was a wall between Hunter’s business dealings and their relationship. But our investigation shows the opposite. Joe Biden demanded that Burisma retain Hunter on their board; Joe Biden was highly involved in Ukraine policy at the same time Hunter served on Burisma’s board; Joe Biden made policy decisions that benefitted Burisma’s pursuit of an IPO in the U.S.; and both Hunter Biden and Joe Biden were paid $5 million. These are the facts. This is the evidence. The cherry on top of all of this is that Zlochevsky told the CHS that he did not send funds directly to the “Big Guy” – who several others have acknowledged or testified is Joe Biden – and that it would take investigators 10 years to find these payments.

Additionally, Department of Justice (DOJ) officials engaged in a pattern of behavior that hindered the criminal investigation of Hunter Biden. In July, we heard from two IRS whistleblowers who investigated Hunter Biden’s evasion of taxes on his $8.3 million in income. Their testimony made clear that the DOJ prevented investigators from following evidence that could have led to Joe Biden; divulged sensitive information to Hunter Biden’s attorneys; and allowed the clock to run out to prevent charging Hunter Biden with felonies. Under oath, the following was uncovered:

1. Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) Lesley Wolf and DOJ-Tax Attorney Mark Daly tipped off Hunter Biden’s attorneys about his storage unit, which potentially allowed evidence to be “destroyed, manipulated or concealed.” 

2. The IRS whistleblowers were prevented from interviewing and getting records from Hunter Biden’s adult children and members of the Biden Family. 

3. Supervisory Special Agent Shapley testified, “After an electronic search warrant on Hunter Biden’s Apple iCloud led us to WhatsApp messages with several CEFC China Energy executives where he claimed to be sitting and discussing business with his father Joe Biden, we sought permission to follow up on the information in the messages. Prosecutors would not allow it. Around this time, a search warrant for the guest house at the Bidens’ Delaware residence was being planned. Yet, despite agreeing that there was probable cause, AUSA Wolf cited the ‘optics’ of executing a search warrant at President Biden’s residence as the deciding factor for not allowing it to be completed.”

4. AUSA Wolf also told investigators they should not ask about President Biden during witness interviews even when the business communications of his son clearly referenced him.

5. Both IRS whistleblowers never had seen or heard of the FBI’s FD-1023 form alleging Joe Biden was involved in a bribery scheme with a Burisma executive.

Our investigation does not stop here. At the end of the September 28th hearing, Chairman Comer issued subpoenas for the bank records of Hunter Biden and James Biden. With all that we know now, I imagine that Joe Biden’s corruption scheme will be much worse than the liberal media and our colleagues on the other side of the aisle anticipates. 

Can we expect better conservative leadership in the Senate at least by 2024? 

I sure hope so! It’s not enough to elect republicans, we need to elect conservative republicans. Serving in either the House of Representatives or the Senate requires bold leadership. I can’t control what goes on in the Senate or their actions but I will continue to fight for conservative principles and push back against the liberal agenda!

After expressing your support for Ukraine after $170 billion do you still, and what does Congress plan on doing for Accountability and Oversight?

I have actually voted “NO” on 7/8 major Ukraine funding bills. Shortly after the war began, I voted to support immediate aid to Ukraine to repel the Russian invasion. This was the same aid that I had been advocating for months BEFORE the war, but our pleas were ignored by the Biden Administration. Now, Joe Biden has decided to give Ukraine a blank check and that I cannot, will not, and have not supported. 

There is a lot said about where United States aid to Ukraine goes. It can be confusing. To provide some clarity to the situation, the United States has not contributed $170 billion to the Ukrainian war effort. Additionally, I have not supported additional aid to Ukraine outside the initial tranche.

As a Reagan Republican, I’ve always believed in the principle of peace through strength. The Biden Administration’s weak leadership and deterrence before the war is what encouraged Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine in the first place. 

Allowing Russia to save face through success in Ukraine will have direct ramifications to American national security that will not be solely contained to Eastern Europe. If Russia wins, you can expect Xi Jinping to test Western resolve and our will fight for Taiwan; further economic disruptions with our largest trading partners in the European Union; and increased Russian arms sales to Iran. Having said that, let’s secure our southern border first. There is no way can vote for future aid to Ukraine without first taking serious and strong measures to secure our southern border first. 

Did you vote for the debt ceiling bill a few months ago? 

NO! When the debt ceiling bill, H.R. 3746 – The Fiscal Responsibility Act passed earlier this year I voted against this legislation. 

Our federal government has a spending problem, which has led to the worst inflation in recent memory. With the national debt approaching $32 trillion, we need action now. After months of President Biden’s refusal to negotiate and Congressional Democrats’ insistence on passing a debt ceiling hike without any fiscal reforms, House Republicans passed a plan, forcing Biden to the negotiating table. Unfortunately, the details of H.R. 3746 show too much deference to the Executive Branch and lack the bold reforms needed to restore fiscal sanity in Washington.

H.R. 3746 failed to maintain the conservative reforms Republicans passed in H.R. 2811 – The Limit, Save, Grow Act, which would have cut spending to pre-pandemic levels, increased work requirements for federal assistance programs, ended Biden’s student loan bailout, and forced the Biden Administration back to the negotiating table again next year. 

Unfortunately, H.R. 3746 was nothing more than business as usual from Washington and kicked the can down the road. For this reason, I was forced to vote against it.  

Is there a way create legislation to require analysis of energy and material balances of green energy solutions before imposing destructive regulations and mandates?

Absolutely! What you are referencing exists through the White House Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Circular A-4. This guidance sets parameters for federal agencies on the development of regulatory analysis. Accurate analysis of regulations has been a guiding principle of both Republican and Democrat Administrations since President Reagan issued Executive Order 12291 in 1981. Unfortunately, the Biden Administration is taking a sledgehammer to regulatory budgeting by gutting requirements for analysis. This year, President Biden issued Executive Order 14094 on “Modernizing Regulatory Review” which doubles the economic threshold at which review by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) is required for proposed new regulations and opens the floodgates for the introduction of more regulations. 

In its first two years, the Biden Administration surpassed by far the cumulative costs and paperwork burdens imposed by the Trump and Obama Administrations—imposing $318.1 billion in new costs and 217.4 million new paperwork hours. This, of course, was on top of what already were estimated to be cumulative regulatory costs on American households and businesses of at least $1.9 trillion per year before the Biden Administration even took office. In May, I sent a letter to House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman Comer to brief staff and the Committee on the justification and genesis of Executive Order 14094. Congress must step in and codify regulatory budgeting standards that will prevent Joe Biden from gutting exists standards. We are looking to do just that and maybe even require the Executive Branch to submit a regulatory budget to Congress. 

What are you doing for the Jan. 6th people that are still in jail/prison?

We must reform our two-tiered justice system in America that favors liberal elites over everyday Americans. This was the case throughout the Trump Administration, when deep state actors in the Department of Justice (DOJ) worked to subvert the will of the American people. The recent evidence concerning the Biden family influence peddling scheme and particularly Hunter Biden’s preferential treatment by the FBI and DOJ tell us that this two-tiered system of justice is alive and well. As a member of the House Oversight Committee, I am working to subpoena deep state officials and hold them accountable for their actions that infringe upon the rights of Americans. I have also sent numerous letters regarding the unfair treatment of January 6 detainees. Everyone deserves equal treatment under the law and I will continue to fight for their rights and to reform our two-tiered justice system. 

What are the solutions for the Texas border as you see it?

1. Immediately re-establish the “Remain in Mexico” policy.

2. Finish construction of a border wall and other security measures.

3. Deport illegal aliens currently in the United States. 

4. Completely defund sanctuary cities and states that don’t comply with federal law.

5. Increase and enforce criminal penalties for those who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. 

6. Mandate the use of E-verify. 

7. Impeach Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. 

8. Pass legislation I have introduced like the American SAFER Act that would streamline and expedite the process for removing illegal aliens within the United States. 

9. The State of Texas has spent over $10 billion via Operation Lonestar to increase border security and do the Biden Administration’s job.  Texas taxpayers should not foot the bill for the liberal policies. This is why I introduced the Lonestar Reimbursement Act which would require federal agencies to repay our state for our efforts to secure America’s southern border.

What are your feelings/opinions about the A.G Paxton fiasco? 

The impeachment of A.G. Ken Paxton is a politically motivated attack which aims to undermine and detract from our state’s efforts to address issues such as the ongoing crisis at our southern border. I was pleased to see the Texas Senate’s acquittal. I fully support my friend Ken Paxton. 

Is there a way to find out why the military has been so unsuccessful at passing an audit?

Like you, I find it ridiculous that the Department of Defense can’t pass an audit. The DoD is full of waste fraud and abuse and they should be held responsible for accounting for every dollar that is spent. We cannot give the DoD a blank check to conduct its business.  Runaway costs associated with major programs must be subject to reform. 

Every time the DoD fails an audit they must publicly release the “material weaknesses” that led to this failure. These issues are then compounded by outdated HR and financial management systems, an inflated bureaucracy that takes forever to move, and the sheer size of the Department. Attempting to audit the DoD like this would be the same as trying to do calculus on an abacus. It just doesn’t make sense and Congress needs to get involved to reform the process. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I will continue to advocate for doing just that!