Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has questions about former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, and he said Friday that he wants them investigated.
The Republican senator clarified that he wouldn’t support a subpoena for either Biden in the impeachment trial, but that it should be looked into separately. “I don’t want to call Hunter Biden. I don’t want to call Joe Biden. I want someone to look at this when this is done,” Graham said Friday, according to the Hill.
Graham scolded Democrats for turning a blind eye to “how Hunter Biden got rich in Ukraine” and suggested that he supports a separate investigation into the Bidens’ questionable business activities.
“I don’t think Joe Biden is corrupt, but I don’t think he is beyond being looked at,” Graham said. “I love Joe Biden, but I can tell you I am not going to sit on the sidelines and just watch the Trumps be looked at.”
Graham questions “how Hunter Biden got rich”
President Donald Trump has long sought to have Joe and Hunter Biden questioned about their dealings in Ukraine, but Republicans have lately settled on a plan to move through the Senate trial as quickly as possible. With Trump almost certain to remain in office, virtually the only mystery left is whether witnesses will appear — and who might be called.
Democrats — while insisting that their witnesses must appear, or else the trial has no legitimacy — have argued that claims of corruption involving Hunter Biden have no basis, and that calls for his testimony are a distraction. But Graham expressed frustration Thursday with the double-standard, saying:
As to the Bidens, I can promise you no one has looked at whether or not there was a conflict of interest, and no one has taken the time to explain how Hunter Biden got rich in the Ukraine and his father didn’t know anything about it. As much as I like Joe Biden, if it were Lindsey Graham or Mike Pence or Donald Trump, you would be looking.
Republicans have held up Hunter’s lucrative position at Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings, despite no relevant background, as a textbook example of global elite corruption. Hunter’s father was the top diplomat to Ukraine at the time, and Joe Biden even bragged about pressuring Ukraine to fire a prosecutor who had investigated Burisma.
Dems shield Bidens
But Democrats and mainstream news outlets routinely insist that there is “no evidence” of wrongdoing by either Biden, almost as a matter of style, despite no full-fledged investigation into the Biden-Ukraine story by the American media or U.S. law enforcement having taken place. Democratic impeachment manager Sylvia Garcia (D-TX) spoke for many in her party when she maintained that there was “nada” to back up the claims.
“The entire premise of the investigation that the president wanted Ukraine to pursue was false,” Garcia said Thursday. “There is simply no evidence — nothing, nada — in the record to support this baseless allegation.”
Some Republicans, namely Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), have talked up subpoenaing Hunter Biden to testify if Democrats insist on calling their desired witnesses. There has been speculation that Democrats might trade Biden’s testimony for that of John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser, but Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and other Democrats have dismissed the idea as unworkable.
A vote on witnesses could come as soon as next week, and some Republican senators like Susan Collins (R-ME) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) have expressed interest in siding with Democrats.
The vote on witnesses could determine whether the trial ends quickly, or drags on into February. After Democrats finish their arguments Friday, the president’s lawyers will begin making their rebuttal Saturday.