According to a recent poll by NBC News/Wall Street Journal, 71% of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. This is the eighth time in the last nine polls that this number has been above 70%.
This level of pessimism is unprecedented in the 30-year history of the poll.
During the 1992 recession, for example, the wrong track number was between 67% and 71% for a year, but it improved right after the presidential election. Similarly, during the Great Recession of 2008, the wrong track number was near or above 70% for a year, but it ended after Barack Obama’s election and inauguration.
However, the current pessimism has been going on for nearly a year and a half, even after the 2022 midterm elections. This is a major challenge for President Biden, as he tries to convince the public that America is headed in the right direction.
Biden is currently facing articles of impeachment, which have been formally introduced following the investigation into his complicit involvement in his son Hunter’s illegal overseas business deals. Biden is facing four articles alleging high crimes and misdemeanors by Biden.
Here’s a breakdown of each article of impeachment:
ARTICLE 1: ABUSE OF POWER: BRIBERY, HOBBS ACT EXTORTION, & HONEST SERVICES FRAUD
“Robert Hunter Biden (Hunter Biden) and James Biden sold access to then Vice President Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. (Joe Biden) while he was in office from 2009 to 2017 and sold promised access to a future Biden Presidential Administration while he was out of office from 2017 to 2021,” the filing reads.
“Hunter and James appear to have promised official actions by Joe Biden in return for payments and business opportunities from foreign and domestic business partners. Joe Biden assisted by making appearances, phone calls, meeting with the “business partners,” and knowingly allowing his family members to promise access to him and actions by him in furtherance of these schemes.”
“Hunter Biden threatened business partners that official actions could be taken against them if they did not meet terms or make payments,” the filing continues. “In at least one instance, Hunter implied that Joe Biden was aware of these threats and willing to assist in enforcing the threats, potentially through official actions. Hunter Biden attempted to enrich himself and the Biden family by threatening official actions from his father, who he claims was willing to assist in the scheme.”
“These acts are abuses of power as well as the following federal crimes or conspiracy to commit the following federal crimes: Bribery of Public Officials, 18 USC § 201; Hobbs Act Extortion “Under Color of Official Right,” 18 USC § 1951; Honest Services Fraud relating to use of official position, 18 USC § 1346.”
ARTICLE 2: OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE
“According to testimony from IRS whistleblowers, members of the Biden campaign improperly colluded with Justice Department (DOJ) officials to improperly interfere with investigations into tax crimes alleged to have been committed by Hunter Biden,” the filing reads.
“These acts constitute an abuse of power as well as Obstruction of Justice, 18 USC §§ 1505, 1510, 1512.”
ARTICLE 3: FRAUD
“James Biden recruited ‘investors’ for business ventures that ultimately failed. There is evidence to suggest that these investment opportunities were sold to investors based on false and fraudulent pretenses and promises,” the filing says. “Access to Joe Biden and indications that Joe Biden supported these schemes were used to lure investors into the schemes.”
“These acts constitute fraud or conspiracy to commit fraud in violation of 18 USC §§ 1943, 1949.”
ARTICLE 4: FINANCIAL INVOLVEMENT IN DRUG AND PROSTITUTION
“Joe Biden and Hunter Biden have a long history of comingled and intertwined finances. Between 2010 and 2019 thousands of dollars of Biden family money was spent on illegal drug transactions and prostitution,” the filing adds.
“These acts constitute violations of or conspiracy to violate federal drug laws at 21 USC §§ 841, 842, 843, 846 and federal prostitution laws at 18 USC §§ 2421, 2421A, 2422.”
At the time of the impeachment filing, Republican Rep. Greg Steube of Florida says it’s time to take action. “It’s long past time to impeach Joe Biden,” Steube said. “He has undermined the integrity of his office, brought disrepute on the Presidency, betrayed his trust as President, and acted in a manner subversive of the rule of law and justice at the expense of America’s citizens.”
Between 2009 and 2017, then-Vice President Biden received “payments and business opportunities from foreign and domestic business partners” through business relationships with his son, Hunter, and his brother, James. House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. James Comer, R-Ky, says bank receipts show the family received over $20 million.
Biden is also accused of obstructing justice by interfering with the IRS investigation into his family and his son Hunter’s refusal to pay taxes
“The American people deserve answers,” Steube said. “My legislation demands information on the closed investigation into the cocaine found at the White House in July and focuses on how Congress can provide oversight to prevent future illicit usage of controlled substances in the White House.”
“We’re not going to get into what House Republicans want to do or may not do — hypotheticals. That’s on them. That’s for them to speak to. What I can speak to is exactly what we’re doing today.” press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in July.
“The economic data is so much better than economists had expected. And so, that’s because of the work that this President has done. That’s going to be our focus. Our focus is going to be on what we can do to make Americans’ lives a little bit better, giving them that extra breathing room.”