2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden finally confessed that his son Hunter Biden’s past Ukraine dealings “looked bad.”
With the Senate impeachment trial currently underway and both Bidens’ activities in Ukraine taking more and more of center stage, the former vice president has been forced to answer questions that he would clearly prefer to avoid.
It’s about time
Biden’s remarks came this past Wednesday while on the campaign trail in Iowa. “There’s nobody that’s indicated there’s a single, solitary thing he did that was inappropriate or wrong, other than the appearance,” Biden hedged, but admitted, “It looked bad that he was there.”
Indeed, many still wonder how Hunter managed to secure a position on Ukrainian energy firm Burisma’s board, where he made extraordinarily large sums of money, despite having no real experience or anything that would qualify him for such work.
This, of course, is where father Joe Biden comes in. To many, it is just too much of a coincidence that the senior Biden was the U.S. vice president when Hunter secured the position.
And, while on the topic, let’s not forget another damning fact, which is that in 2016, Joe Biden threatened to withhold funds from Ukraine until it fired the prosecutor working on the Burisma corruption case.
Biden got his wish, and he even bragged on video about doing it.
Now, a newly released email by the State Department speaks for itself. Here it is in full:
1/ This is an email from Feb 2016 that leverages Hunter Biden’s name (and therefore link to VP Joe Biden).
The email requests a meeting for Blue Star Strategies chief Karen Tranmontano with a senior member of the Obama State Dept.
This is abuse of power to influence US policy. pic.twitter.com/2uazIVkWZA
— Raheem Kassam (@RaheemKassam) January 23, 2020
Dated February 2016, this email mentions Hunter Biden and his relationship with Burisma, and it looks to set up a meeting between State Department officials and a Burisma lobbyist name Karen Tramontano. This, alone, suggests that there is a lot more to this Biden-Burisma story than has thus far been revealed.
For this reason, many are asking for a proper investigation to be conducted, including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
“To my Democratic friends, I stood with you when you called for an outside entity to look into President Trump. I’m asking you to allow somebody outside of politics to look at what happened with the Bidens,” Graham said Friday. “The best thing to do is end this trial with no witnesses and have Congress do oversight regarding what happened in the Ukraine in a professional way, and I would prefer outside counsel.”
Making removal more unlikely
Republicans have long argued that Trump, in asking that Ukraine investigate the Bidens, wasn’t looking to have Ukraine do his political dirty work ahead of 2020, but rather was asking for help to investigate a legitimate concern — corruption.
This email helps to tip the balance toward the latter. With every new piece of evidence that suggests that the Bidens were up to no good in Ukraine, more and more is it made obvious that the Democrat impeachment of President Trump is a sham.