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If the Senate trial has witnesses, Joe and Hunter Biden will have to testify

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If the Senate trial has witnesses, Joe and Hunter Biden will have to testify

If the Senate trial has witnesses, Joe and Hunter Biden will have to testify
January 14
17:12 2020

If the Senate decides to call witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Trump, former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, will have to testify.  In many ways, they could be the most important witnesses.

The central issues in the Abuse of Power Article of Impeachment is why Trump wanted the Bidens investigated.  There is no question that he did.  That has been established by witness testimony in the House impeachment hearings, by the transcript of the telephone conversation between the President and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelinsky and by Trump himself.

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The critical issue is “why.”

If the only reason that Trump wanted the Bidens investigated was to damage them in the 2020 presidential election, Trump abused his power.  Whether that, alone, justifies removal from office is debatable.  ALL presidents abuse power from time to time.  Obama did it when he attempted to make recess appointments when the Senate was only on vacation.  The Supreme Court decided that Obama did, indeed, abuse his power.  He also may have abused power when he refused to turn over to Congress documents relating to the “fast and furious” scandal that gave weapons to Mexican drug cartellians.  Republicans did not take the issue to the Supreme Court, in that case.

On the other hand, If Trump had a legitimate governmental purpose to seek an investigation of the Bidens Ukrainian activities, he would have been wrong not to have the issue investigated.  Central to the issue is … did either or the Bidens get involved in corrupt activities?

In view of the known facts, that is not an unreasonable question.

We know that during those days, corruption was rampant in Ukraine – and that Burisma Holdings was recognized as a corrupt enterprise headed by a corrupt oligarch, Mykola Zlochevsky.

We know that Hunter had a personal history that would make it difficult for him to get any kind of high-level job – including drug and alcohol abuse.  He had just been dishonorably discharged from the Navy for use of cocaine.

We know that Hunter had zero experience in Ukrainian affairs and even less knowledge of energy issues.  We know he was paid more than $1 million per year for a part-time job at the top level of Burisma – and was not even required to attend board meetings.  It was a much higher compensation than board members usually receive on the boards of major American companies.

We know at that time Joe Biden was put in charge of Ukrainian affairs by President Obama.  Was the Vice President instrumental in getting his son the job?  That is a fair question because Joe subsequently flew his son to China aboard Air Force Two to meet with top Chinese business and government officials – and Hunter walked away with a billion-dollar business deal.

There was obviously some sort of quid pro quo between Zlochevsky and Hunter.  What services was he providing for all that money?

The idea of withholding aid from Ukraine until there were assurances that the money would not be used in a corrupt manner is not new.  Joe Biden, himself, bragged about how he withheld military aid until the Ukrainian chief prosecutor was fired – a prosecutor, incidentally, who was investigating … Burisma.

As long as Trump had a legitimate reason to inquire as to the Bidens’ activities in Ukraine, the President is off the hook.  There may have been a secondary political benefit, but to make an abuse charge stick, there can be no other reason.

That is why it is absolutely necessary for the Bidens to testify.  The alternative is to take a pass on witnesses and do what the Senate is going to do regardless – acquit the President and get on to the people’s business.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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