Chuck Todd just had an angry exchange with Sen. Ron Johnson and bizarrely asked "do you have a crime that you think Hunter Biden committed because I have yet to see anyone explain that it is a crime to make money off your last name." ...
...There are of course a host of crimes, including some which may be charged. However, on the influence peddling scandal, there are foreign transfers, gifts, and other matters that could prove criminal...
...The point is not that there are proven crimes but the need to have a special counsel to look into these offenses, including some that involve emails referencing the President.…
...Todd proceeded to dismiss Johnson's objections with snarky comments about "taking him at his word that he is ethically bothered by Hunter Biden" and saying that his objection to media bias is "part of your identity."...
...Todd then tells Johnson to go back to on "your partisan cable cocoon and talk about media bias all you want I understand it is part of your identity."...
...While Todd just heaps insults upon those who have called for investigations, he previously gave entirely non-confrontational and supportive interviews for investigating the possible "compromising" of Trump or his family through foreign deals.
...Todd also raised how "you were handled a list of alternative electors." When Johnson explained why the story was untrue, Todd simply laughed said "you dabble in so much of this you dabble in so much of this you can understand why someone thought you were willing to go along."
...Influence peddling is a leading industry in Washington but the means used for influence peddling can be criminal, including tax and transfer violations.…

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