Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham has launched an inquiry into the former Vice President Joe Biden’s alleged involvement in Ukraine and Burisma. Like an impeachment inquiry that’s absolutely a lawful undertaking. However, Sen. Graham and company may come to regret it.

Let me pretend that I have Biden’s ear:

Mr. vice president, here’s a draft of a public response for your consideration:

“I welcome the Judiciary Committee’s inquiry. Rather than obstruct its progress, I will facilitate it. While I expect you’ll call me to testify, I hereby formally offer myself as a witness. I will promptly produce any documents or other records relevant to your inquiry, subject to the guidance of my attorneys ... and I will ask my attorneys to be very open-minded on the question of relevance.

“I will urge my family members, and any current or former staff, accountants, or business associates having relevant documents or testimony to be similarly cooperative. Of course, I’ve already made my tax records public, if you need them. I only ask that you move ahead promptly. I’d like the people of this country to see what someone who has nothing to hide looks like.”

How does that sound, Mr. vice president? Sure, you’ll need to take time off the campaign trail to prepare for and give your testimony. But think about all the free, front-and-center news coverage you’ll receive that your Democratic primary competitors won’t get.

What if we add this?

“I further pledge that neither I nor my staff will intentionally engage in name-calling or slander against any member of the committee, their staff, or other witnesses or implicated parties.”

I had thought to add “or threaten” to that sentence, but — no offense intended, Mr. vice president — you don’t currently have all that much power to abuse, do you?

“I’m certain that the behavior of the inquiry participants — and the facts presented — will enable the American public to form their own opinion of the character and motivations of those individuals.”

Think of how honoring such commitments might distinguish you from certain other actors on the national stage. I can even picture a two-panel political cartoon in response: The first panel shows “a guy” defensively spread-eagled in front of a heavily barred and padlocked door with smoke and sludge seeping out around the edges; he’s bellowing “Everything is perfect behind this beautiful door. Believe me.”

The second shows “another guy” (OK ... you) beneath an “Open House” banner; he’s holding open a glass-paned door leading into a brightly lit interior, smiling and saying, “Come on in. Take a good look around.”

But, here’s the thing: You may choose not to make statements similar to my suggestions. Fine. But, if you could not honestly do so — if you’re really not that different from those other actors — please withdraw from the race. I’ve had enough of those others. I’m looking for a candidate whose words and deeds will foster respect for that individual, the office of the presidency and the United States.

Jack Evins lives in Galveston.

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Bailey Jones

Oh, now.... I'm sure when the impeachment gets to the Senate and Trump feels sufficiently at ease in a safe space where he can't possibly lose, he'll command all the president's men to come forth and take the oath and tell the truth about how he did nothing wrong and it was all a democrat witch hunt and anyway whatabout Hunter and his stealing all that campaign money to pay for family vacations, theater tickets and flying his pet rabbit around and oops, wrong Hunter.

January is going to be such a fun month.

Carlos Ponce

Joe Biden's "alleged involvement in Ukraine and Burisma"? Who's alleging his involvement? JOE BIDEN HIMSELF!

"I remember going over [to Ukraine], convincing our team … that we should be providing for loan guarantees. … And I was supposed to announce that there was another billion-dollar loan guarantee. And I had gotten a commitment from [then Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko] and from [then-Prime Minister Arseniy] Yatsenyuk that they would take action against the state prosecutor [Shokin]. And they didn’t. ...

"They were walking out to a press conference. I said, nah, ... we’re not going to give you the billion dollars. They said, ‘You have no authority. You’re not the president.’ … I said, call him. I said, I’m telling you, you’re not getting the billion dollars. I said, you’re not getting the billion. ... I looked at them and said, ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.’ Well, son of a bi*ch. He got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time."

‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.’ - That's what REAL QUID PRO QUO SOUNDS LIKE!

By the way, " ‘You have no authority. You’re not the president.’ … I said, call him." Is Uncle Joe implicating President Obama? Sounds like it.

Emile Pope

I prefer...Dear Senator, go to blazes. I’m not going to participate in your endless fishing expedition designed to do exactly what donald tried to extort the Ukraine to do. Mrs Clinton cooperated with the “investigations” and all they did was use them to hurt her politically. The Republicans even bragged about it working. P.S. quit being Donald’s lapdog...

Carlos Ponce

"Mrs Clinton cooperated"

Whitewater Investigation, "I do not recall, I do not remember."

Travelgate Investigation, "I do not recall, I do not remember."

Benghazi Investigation, "I do not recall, I do not remember."

Email Investigation, "I do not recall, I do not remember."

Now we all can't recall everything, even President Trump could not remember everything in questions from Mueller especially about phone calls his son had which is understandable ( Do you know about all the phone conversations your grown children make?) but Hillary is clearly the Queen in not remembering.

Emile Pope

Simply made up garbage. You're confusing her with Donald's written response to Mueller's questions...

Mike Meador

another Emile......[thumbdown][thumbdown][thumbdown]

Carlos Ponce

Poor Emile, he does not RECALL all the times Hillary said "I do not recall" or "I do not remember" during Hearings. Nothing made up, Emile. Here's a few:

Email Investigation: "In the three hours-plus that Hillary Clinton spoke with FBI investigators about her private email server on July 2, she cited more than three-dozen things that she could not recall."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/09/02/the-many-things-hillary-clinton-couldnt-recall-in-her-fbi-interview/

Here's the transcript of the Benghazi Hearings:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/10/22/transcript-clinton-testifies-before-house-committee-on-benghazi/

Whitewater Hearings:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/whitewater/stories/wwtr960602.htm

Emile Pope

Hillary had the guts to testify. She didn't hide behind lawyers and refuse to testify or be sworn in. And lawyers didn't answer her questions...

Carlos Ponce

"Hillary had the guts to testify." Yes, she did: "I do not recall, I do not remember." "She didn't hide behind lawyers and refuse to testify or be sworn in. And lawyers didn't answer her questions..." Hillary is a lawyer.

Gary Miller

Carlos> "I do not recall, I do not remember." The perfect Lawyer response to avoid testfying or pergery because it can't be proven you do recall or remember. Better than claiming the "fifth."

Emile Pope

Or you could refuse to testify as one noted coward...

Ray Taft

Oh, oh say it ain’t so. Republicans are getting out of line by investigating Democrats. That ain’t sitting well with Democrats who think they are above the law.

Democrats think Americans are stupid.

Democrats accuse President Trump of every fake wrongdoing they can dream up. But when Democrats actually commit wrongdoings, you better not accuse Democrats of them! Don’t investigate Democrats or you’ll make them really, really mad.

As the chickens come home to roost in the Democrats’ clown circus, America is seeing firsthand what the Democrats are really up to. Their hypocrisy, their impeachment hoax, their lack of doing anything good for America, and all their many wrongdoings to enrich themselves.

Hopefully, very smart Americans will vote do-nothing Democrats out of office. And Trump2020 will get re-elected in a landslide election to Keep America Great.

Gary Miller

Ray> Democrats think Americans are stupid. Because they think most citizens are like Emile.

Dan Freeman

Mr Evans thank you for your thoughtful suggestion to Vice President Biden. It would be nice if he read it. Not likely, but you did flush out the usual GoPers for our amusement.

Emile Pope

GoPhers? Let's see...can't see or hear very well and live underground. Yeah, it fits...

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