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Two key Republicans call for Secretary of State Blinken to resign over Hunter Biden revelations

Sen. Ron Johnson and Rep. Andy Biggs say Blinken should face impeachment if he doesn't step down.

Published: April 21, 2023 11:11pm

Updated: April 22, 2023 12:56am

Two high-profile Republicans who have probed the Biden family scandal are calling on Secretary of State Antony Blinken to resign or face impeachment over allegations he helped trigger an intelligence community letter during the 2020 election that falsely portrayed Hunter Biden's laptop contents as Russian disinformation.

The rebukes of Blinken by Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) came after the release Thursday night of testimony from former CIA chief Michael Morell that Blinken had spurred him to organize the now-infamous October 2020 letter to benefit the Biden campaign. Morell testified he agreed to do so because Blinken reached out to him and he wanted to influence the election in Joe Biden's favor.

"This, in my opinion, probably disqualifies him to serve as the Secretary of State," Biggs told Just the News in a wide-ranging interview Friday on the John Solomon Reports podcast. "And I know people keep saying, 'Andy, you want to impeach everybody?' Well, you know, Tony Blinken probably should be impeached, just like [Homeland Secretary Alejandro] Mayorkas should be impeached.

Biggs, a member of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees that are currently probing the Biden family influence peddling allegations, said the revelation that Blinken allegedly was willing to accuse a nuclear superpower, Russia, of interfering in the U.S. election without evidence just to create a presidential debate talking point for Joe Biden made it impossible for him to deal credibly with foreign countries as America's chief diplomat.

"Let's talk about our allies who now don't trust us at all," he said. "And why would they? They think we're weak, untrustworthy. How in the world can he remain our spokesperson to the world? ... I just don't see how he can, and he should go. I think he's irreparably harmed the United States."

Asked whether he was formally asking Blinken to resign, Biggs answered: "Yeah, in fact, I'll break it on your show. Tony Blinken, you should resign."

Johnson, who led a 2020 Senate probe that concluded Hunter Biden's foreign business dealings while his father was vice president harmed U.S. national security, also called for Blinken to resign if Morell's allegations prove true.

"And if he doesn't resign, he should be impeached," he said during an interview Friday with the Star News Network. "Again, so many members of the Biden administration have this level of deceit, dishonesty and corruption. This is a lawless administration."

The State Department declined to address Morell's allegations about Blinken, saying it would not comment on matters currently under investigation.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, who conducted the bombshell interview with Morell that uncovered Blinken's role, has demanded the secretary of state answer questions about his role in the letter and whether others, including the president, were involved.

"Based on Morell's testimony, it is apparent that the Biden campaign played an active role in the origins of the public statement, which had the effect of helping to suppress the Hunter Biden story and preventing American citizens from making a fully informed decision during the 2020 presidential election," Jordan wrote Blinken in demanding he turn over evidence about the letter.

"This concerted effort to minimize and suppress public dissemination of the serious allegations about the Biden family was a grave disservice to all American citizens' informed participation in our democracy," he added.

Jordan released an excerpt of Morell’s interview in which the former CIA officer said that a call with Blinken, then an adviser to the Biden campaign, “triggered” his effort to get intelligence experts to sign the letter.

Democrats rejected the Republican portrayal of Morell’s interview.

“Jim Jordan has released cherry-picked excerpts of a transcribed interview,” a Democratic House Judiciary committee spokesman said in a statement. “To be clear, no part of that interview demonstrates that Tony Blinken or any other Biden campaign official asked Mike Morell to write a letter about Hunter Biden’s laptop.”

The Democrats released a different part of the transcript in which Morell said he did not recall Blinken specifically asking him to write the letter. “My memory is that he did not, right. My memory is that he asked what I thought.”

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