There are many instances of politicians favored by our media who use that media bias to their benefit.
But few stand out as clearly as Joe Biden using it to claim that the intercession on behalf of his son, Hunter – Biden threatening to withhold $1 billion in U.S. aid to the Ukraine unless the prosecutor investigating Burisma was summarily fired – has been debunked and should not be part of the impeachment trial.
You can read all about this incredible claim in Rebecca Klar’s article for thehill.com. Here is how it starts:
Joe Biden’s presidential campaign issued a memo Monday warning journalists not to spread debunked claims about the former vice president’s push to remove a corrupt prosecutor in Ukraine.
The memo comes just days ahead of the Senate impeachment trial, during which Republicans are likely to push the theory as they seek to defend President Trump.
The Biden campaign said Trump’s efforts to spread the theory is the reason the president is being impeached and said it would be “malpractice” for journalists to reference the allegations without also saying that they’ve been debunked, according to a copy of the memo obtained by The Hill.
That, folks, is an absolute 100% lie.
Burisma is the company that hired Hunter Biden and paid him millions of dollars to do….nothing. Biden has no background in energy, no affiliation with Ukraine, does not speak Ukraine and, to the best of my knowledge, has never been to the country.
The one and only reason he was put on its board of directors and paid $50,000 a month(or $83,000, depending on which report you read), for years, was that he was the son of the then-United States Vice President.
This is influence peddling of the first order.
It is one thing for a powerful man to “get” things for his family members. Biden, it turns out, is one of the most prolific examples you can find – since not only Hunter but his brother James got rich off his political power. This is part of the unseemly, dirty side of politics, and a lot of people on both sides of the aisle are guilty of playing it.
But it is quite another thing for a sitting Vice President of the United States to threaten a country with the loss of $1 billion dollars in aid, unless it fires a prosecutor investigating the company his kid is being paid off from. That involves our taxpayer money. Completely different ballgame.
And, far from being “debunked”, we have the video of Biden not only acknowledging he did it, but bragging about it:
Could that possibly be clearer?
Now, let’s remember what President Trump is being accused of: withholding U.S. aid unless Biden’s behavior is investigated.
Forgetting the fact that OF COURSE Biden’s behavior should be investigated…
…the money Trump allegedly was holding up, it turned out, was sent to Ukraine without any such investigation taking place.
In other words, there is no “there” there.
So, bottom line: we have Trump being impeached essentially because he demanded an investigation of Biden’s activities, with no quid pro quo attached (again: the money was sent without any investigation taking place)…
…but Biden claiming his overt threat, while Vice President of the United States, to withhold $1 billion unless the Burisma investigator was fired, has been debunked. The threat that you just saw on video.
With the above in mind, I welcome to impeachment, 2020. Never forget that this is what it’s all about.