After weeks of testimony from various witnesses (most of which had no firsthand knowledge of wrongdoing), Democrats in the House Judiciary Committee pushed two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump through last week, and a full floor vote on them is expected in the coming days. If the articles pass — and they are expected to — a trial will be conducted in the Senate, and Democrats will have a chance to call even more witnesses.
And if they do, Republicans may just call some of their own. According to Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Senate Republicans may even call Hunter Biden, son of the former vice president and current 2020 hopeful, to testify.
Cassidy made his point clear during a Saturday interview with Fox News personality Neil Cavuto.
“If it turns out Democrats want to call a bunch of witnesses, we’ll call Hunter Biden,” the Republican senator said, according to Fox. “I mean, we can do a tit for tat.”
The Bidens and Burisma
Former Ukrainian top prosecutor Viktor Shokin has said in a sworn affidavit that he was removed from office under pressure from then-Vice President Joe Biden because he was looking into Burisma Holdings, an energy company that had been previously accused of corruption and was employing Biden’s son, Hunter.
That the then-vice president got Shokin fired isn’t in dispute, as the Democratic presidential candidate openly bragged about doing so at a Council on Foreign Relations event in January 2018.
“I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,'” Joe Biden said, recalling his threat to withhold $1 billion in American aid to Ukraine unless Shokin was replaced, according to USA Today. “Well, son of a b***h. He got fired.”
The former vice president has said that he never discussed matters concerning Burisma with his son, but a photo emerged this year that cast doubt on that claim. Published by Fox News, it shows Joe and Hunter Biden playing golf with a Burisma gas executive.
What’s more, Hunter Biden admitted talking to his father about the Ukrainian business venture in a summer interview with The New Yorker, recalling: “Dad said, ‘I hope you know what you are doing,’ and I said, ‘I do.’”
Motivated by hatred
Since Democrats’ impeachment probe has centered on allegations that Trump asked Ukraine to investigate the Bidens’ dealings with Ukraine and Burisma in what Dems have called a “quid pro quo,” Republicans previously requested that Hunter Biden appear before the House Judiciary Committee to testify. But Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) flatly refused, saying that he would not permit “sham investigations” into the Bidens, according to The Hill.
For his part, Cassidy seemed resentful over impeachment efforts.
“This is, if you will, sucking up all of the energy that could be used for positive things,” he told Cavuto, according to Fox. “Democrats seem more motivated about hatred of the president than they do about what is actually supposed to be taking place.”