Skip to comments.GOP Sen. Hawley seeks investigation into Biden admin response to Chinese balloon
Posted on 02/04/2023 5:27:41 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum
Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley on Friday called for a Senate investigation into the Biden administration's "baffling response" to the arrival of a suspected Chinese spy balloon into U.S. airspace.
In a letter to Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., the Republican lawmaker dubbed the balloon's unimpeded cruise across the United States "a gross violation of American sovereignty," according to The Hill. "China’s foray into America’s sovereign airspace is deeply disturbing and calls for an immediate investigation."
The balloon entered American territory via the Aleutian Islands chain in Alaska and made its way to Montana by way of Canada. As of Friday afternoon, it was in the vicinity of Nebraska and Kansas, according to Kansas GOP Sen. Roger Marshall.
Defense officials opted against shooting down the balloon over concerns the falling debris may cause harm or damage when reaching the ground. The Pentagon has declined to provide real-time updates into the balloon's exact location, but indicated that "the public certainly has the ability to look up in the sky and see where the balloon is."
Numerous lawmakers and public figures have called on the administration to shoot down the balloon, with many questioning the rationale behind not doing so.
"This is a matter of homeland security, and we should hear from senior members of the Biden administration to understand their response, or lack thereof, so far," Hawley wrote.
The balloon previously travelled near intercontinental ballistic missile silos in Montana has raised many concerns among policy makers, despite Chinese claims that the balloon is merely a civilian aircraft that went off course.
(Excerpt) Read more at justthenews.com ...
Biden administration tried to hide Chinese spy balloon from American public
By Jon Levine
February 4, 2023
President Biden and his administration knew for nearly a week that a Chinese spy balloon was hovering in U.S. airspace — but kept the incursion secret, fearing it would derail Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s planned meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.
Republicans expressed “outrage” over the president’s refusal to act.
“Communist China’s surveillance balloon violates international law and threatens our homeland,” Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island) told The Post.
“It’s an outrage that the Biden Administration spotted this balloon days ago as it was flying over the Aleutian Islands and did nothing about it,” she said. “The president has not even made a comment about this unacceptable act of aggression by the CCP.”
The politics of the looming 2024 presidential election also played a role in Biden’s actions, sources told Bloomberg, with the fraught US-China relationship expected to be a central foreign policy issue.
He doesn’t his commie buddies to cut off hunter’s dirty money
Doesn’t want his corrupt brat cut off
To late to get a cut , the money has been divided up already...
WELCOME to the most recent "Kabuki Theater" production produced by the swamp.
Good on Sen. Hawley.
If the balloon wasn’t a problem or a danger, then why did Jao Beiden order it shot down at all?
And if it WAS a problem (I think it was a HUGE problem), why the hell did the jackass wait until it had traversed the entire continental US before shooting it down?
I wish that weren’t true
The question to be put to JB is, “Did the chicoms get the information they wanted before you ordered the balloon downed?”
Who makes consumer drones?
Let American drone flyers take pictures for Chinese intelligence.
An obvious question is what is the status of salvage recovery operations?
Maria, there is a bug in my bedroom.
Pardon, a Chinese man paid $2000 in cash, Congresswoman.
Why would he pay $2000 to put a beetle in my bedroom?
The investigators have no coherent strategy. One on one grandstanders.
Ok I’m gonna start asking again.....
Incompetent ( pres & pentagon) ?
COMPLICIT ( treason ) ?
How obvious does it have to get ?
Investigate your genitals. Hang Joe Biden.
What a weak and feckless excuse entirely worthy of ridicule on grade school playgrounds everywhere.
If that's our national defense policy then it must be safe for any foreign country to fly whatever aircraft they like over our soil.
A fighter jet would create a lot more debris than a balloon. Can't risk that!
Defense officials opted against shooting down the balloon over concerns the falling debris may cause harm or damage when reaching the ground.
They knew about this when it was over the pacific and did nothing
This is treasonous
Another INVESTIGATION that will go NOWHERE and achieve NOTHING.
WELCOME to the most recent “Kabuki Theater” production produced by the swamp.
Yep...they really are pathetic, aren’t they?
Next week we’ll get a House Resolution by the Republican’s condemning “wasteful government spending”. When 80% of Dems don’t vote in agreement, the Republicans will jump up and down like they’ve accomplished something great.
You can keep it a secret, so long as nobody looks up.
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