President Donald Trump isn’t going to stop talking about Hunter Biden.
The president promised Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday that he will make Hunter Biden’s controversial business dealings in Ukraine a “major issue” in the 2020 campaign, The Washington Times reported. Trump’s remarks come as Hunter’s father, former Vice President Joe Biden, seems favored to face Trump in the 2020 election after a resounding Super Tuesday victory.
Trump puts Hunter front-and-center
President Trump was impeached for allegedly pressuring Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son, who worked at a corrupt Ukrainian gas company called Burisma Holdings while his father was then-President Barack Obama’s “point man” for corruption in the eastern European country. Trump and his allies have claimed that Joe Biden pressured Ukraine to drop an investigation into Burisma, but the former VP and his media lapdogs have vehemently insisted that there is no substance to the claim.
After Trump was acquitted, the Biden–Ukraine controversy seemed to die down for a bit, especially after Joe’s candidacy imploded in early primaries. But the former vice president came roaring back on Super Tuesday, according to Fox, and he is now largely seen as the top Democratic contender to face Trump in 2020.
With Joe Biden’s resurgence, the Ukraine controversy is coming back into the picture. For his part, Trump vowed to Hannity on Wednesday that he will make Hunter’s work in Ukraine “a major issue in the campaign” and slammed Biden’s dealing as “purely corrupt,” saying there was no way the topic could be danced around in the general election.
“I will bring that up all the time, because I don’t see any way out. I don’t see any way — for them, I don’t see how they can answer those questions. And maybe they can. I hope they can,” Trump said, according to The Washington Times.
Watch his full interview with Hannity below:
Republicans ramp up probe
Trump’s comments came the same day that Sen. Ron Jonson (R-WI) said he will release a report on his investigation into Hunter and Burisma within a month or two, Politico reported. Democrats have dismissed Jonson’s probe as a political, bad faith effort to hurt Joe Biden’s candidacy, especially after Johnson announced this week that he will force a vote on a subpoena for a consultant with ties to Burisma — shortly after the former VP’s victory in the South Carolina primary.
But even Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) said Friday he will support the subpoena, Fox reported. Johnson, for his part, has said that his probe, which has been going on for months, is not political, but Democrats have accused him of wanting to spread “Russian disinformation” about the 2020 hopeful, according to Politico.
“Of course it’s corrupt”
Speaking with Hannity, Trump said it’s “crazy” that Democrats are so insistent on sweeping the Bidens’ alleged corruption under the rug. “Well, to show you how crazy it is, it’s not a campaign issue for the Democrats. They don’t want to bring it up. They were obviously told you can’t bring that up,” he said.
The president went on to accuse the media of letting the Bidens slide — which is true, of course — noting that media criticism of Hunter Biden’s Ukraine business has been “mild” at best. Democrats and their media allies insisted throughout the impeachment drama that the corruption allegations are totally baseless, even though no effort to “debunk” them has ever been undertaken.
“I watch certain reporters say that this is totally unsubstantiated, and were sorry to even ask you a question — Anderson Cooper — then he asks a question at one of the debates, and it was so mild, and a ridiculous answer is given, because there is no answer to it — of course it’s corrupt,” Trump told Hannity Wednesday. “And so, he gives a really bad answer. And they go into the next question. Nobody says anything, the other people that are running trying to beat him don’t bring it up. That wouldn’t happen with the Republicans, I can tell you.”
Joe Biden can enjoy his comeback moment for now, but it looks like Donald Trump isn’t letting him off the hook.