Did Biden Try A Quid Pro Quo On The Saudis?
Did Biden Try A Quid Pro Quo On The Saudis?
Looking objectively at the facts, it sure seems that Joe Biden just tried using his presidential power for personal political gain during an election season. I seem to recall that Democrats called this type of interference a “quid pro quo” that deserves impeachment.
Let’s go over what we do know. Biden has been draining the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in hopes of keeping the gas prices low enough through the midterm elections. And you know it was for political gain because the administration tried to take all the credit for bringing prices down, and avoid all the blame when they go back up.
Biden “I was able to bring gasoline down well over a dollar sixty but it’s inching up because of what the Russians and the Saudis just did. I’m not finished with that just yet.” pic.twitter.com/WwhrMlIdTb
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) October 7, 2022
And we know that OPEC+, even after Biden went and bent the knee to the Saudis in July, told the administration to get bent and announced that they were cutting oil production by two million barrels a day last week. Obviously, this was not what Team Biden wanted or needed, which led Biden to say this to Jake Tapper during his interview this week:
President Biden on Saudi Arabia: "When the House and the Senate come back there are going to be some consequences for what they've done." pic.twitter.com/QHDEHJQUue
— The Hill (@thehill) October 12, 2022
Yeah, the Saudis were not happy with that response – and they hold all the cards at the moment. This led to the fair question of what did Biden say or do in Saudi Arabia during that visit?
Well, the Saudis just threw Joe Biden straight under a bus. Boys and girls, please take a look at what the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia just put in an official statement.
I'm old enough to remember when DC went into full hysteria over a suggested Quid Pro Quo.
This is as blatant a Quid Pro Quo as there is, and possibly election interference and an FEC violation essentially soliciting a foreign donation for help in not just 1 election but dozens. https://t.co/Of9pLNNFFp
— Robert Myers 🇺🇸🇮🇱 🏴☠️ (@Rondo2) October 13, 2022
The kicker comes in paragraph five of the letter, where the Saudis acknowledge that the Biden administration asked them to delay the reductions in oil barrels for a month. Hmmmm, what would be in the past a month from now?
The Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia would also like to clarify that based on its belief in the importance of dialogue and exchange of views with its allies and partners outside the OPEC + group regarding the situation in the oil markets, the Government of the Kingdom clarified through its continuous consultation with the US Administration that all economic analyses indicate that postponing the OPEC+ decision for a month, according to what has been suggested, would have had negative economic consequences.”
So, the administration asked OPEC+ to not cut production for a month, and OPEC+ said nope, that doesn’t work for us. Biden then accused Saudi Arabia of colluding with Russia in order to hurt Ukraine, which the statement denies.
The Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia affirms that any attempts to distort the facts about the Kingdom’s position regarding the crisis in Ukraine are unfortunate, and will not change the Kingdom’s principled position, including its vote to support UN resolutions regarding the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, based on the Kingdom’s position on the importance for all countries to adhere to the United Nations Charter, principles of international law, and the Kingdom’s rejection of any infringement on the sovereignty of countries over their territories.”
The Kingdom stresses that while it strives to preserve the strength of its relations with all friendly countries, it affirms its rejection of any dictates, actions, or efforts to distort its noble objectives to protect the global economy from oil market volatility.”
For the purposes of this conversation, Saudi Arabia’s motives are irrelevant, except insofar as Biden expected them to bail him out. What IS relevant is that the administration directly appealed to the Saudis to keep the oil flowing in order to benefit them politically, and now is promising “consequences” because they won’t give him more oil. Call me crazy, but I was told by the Democrats that asking a foreign country for help in order to influence an election was an impeachable offense.
This looks an awful lot like the president of the United States threatening to remove weaponry from a purported ally unless that ally performs actions that help that president politically in advance of an election. Wasn't Trump impeached for that?
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) October 13, 2022
Silly me, Biden has a (D) after his name! Plus he’s old and senile, so does he really remember that trip to Saudi Arabia in July anymore?
So, what happens now? Obviously the House Judiciary Committee will automatically begin to work on drawing up Articles of Impeachment for “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress,” and then vote to push them through to the full House while looking very solemn in front of the cameras. The full House will then vote on them to formally impeach Biden, and then Nancy Pelosi will send out a parade of impeachment managers to deliver the charges to the Senate while Mitch McConnell warns that if this is the new standard of impeachment, then any future president could be impeached.
Mitch McConnell is many things, including a political prophet. This is not the first time that McConnell warned the Democrats that they would not like the end result of the changes they were making to benefit themselves. It would serve the Democrats exactly right for Republicans to repeat all of their actions, down to the letter, once they have control of the House once again, over Biden trying to pressure Saudi Arabia in order to keep oil production up through the midterm elections. It wouldn’t be the best for the country, but it would be the Democrats’ just desserts.
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