While Democrats have been all over the Ukrainian question in the effort to claim President Donald Trump did something wrong by inquiring about the investigation into Hunter Biden, Democrats have been less eager to talk about any investigation of the younger Biden.
Questions have been raised by many about the position which Hunter held on the board of Burisma and for which he was reportedly paid $50,000/month while his father was the point man for the Obama administration on Ukraine.
From NY Post:
By coincidence, Hunter had landed this cushy gig in a foreign country only a few months after the Obama administration began dispatching his father, Joe, to the very same foreign country on a regular basis.
There was, of course, absolutely nothing in Hunter’s résumé to indicate that he would be a valuable addition to foreign energy interest. He didn’t speak the language, and he had no particular expertise in the energy industry. Oh, he did have one thing, though: his last name.
Those questions were heightened by a video of Joe Biden in 2018 admitting that he pressured Ukraine when he was Vice President, saying he would have the Obama administration withhold aid unless they fired the prosecutor. The prosecutor was reportedly investigating Burisma. He was in fact fired.
FLASHBACK VIDEO: Joe Biden traveled to #Ukraine, and told the then President that: "if you don't fire that prosecutor, United States will not give you $1 Billion in Aid" & "if you don't trust me call #BarackObama" pic.twitter.com/W6LsXYF4xI
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) September 25, 2019
The fired prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, gave a recent affidavit to an Austrian court that was released by John Solomon of The Hill. In that affidavit, Shokin claims, “I was forced out because I was leading a wide-ranging corruption probe into Burisma Holdings.” He claims that the then-President, Petro Poroshenko forced him to resign because Biden threatened to withhold $1 billion in aid for Ukraine until he was removed from office.
Democrats argue there was no evidence that Hunter Biden did anything wrong. The subsequent prosecutor installed after that pressure, Yuri Lutsenko, said that he didn’t find anything on Hunter.
But now the investigation may be re-opened, according to new reports.
The former PM of Ukraine is saying that Hunter Biden must be investigated to make sure that he complied with the law. “It’s a fact (his directorship and fees) and not made up. It should be investigated so that the ‘i’s can be dotted and the ‘t’s crossed,” Mykola Azarov told Reuters.
And that’s not all. A present official within the government has also said he expects the case involving Burisma to be re-opened.
From The Daily Beast:
Valentin Nalyvaichenko, a former head of Ukraine’s domestic intelligence agency and a member of Ukraine’s parliament, says he expects the corruption case of the Burisma gas company—two cases were opened and dropped by various prosecutors over the years—to be revisited. Hunter Biden, the son of then-Vice President Joe Biden, was a board member.
Ukrainians get that at the very least it appears unseemly.
But for Democrats, it’s always and only about getting Trump.