Former House Intel Chair and South Carolina representative Trey Gowdy raised an interesting possibility that might not have occurred to the Democrats if they want to go down the witness path. According to Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, House Intel Chair Adam Schiff and the other House Democratic impeachment managers may have opened the door not only to having Joe Biden called as a witness, but Barack Obama as well.
Gowdy appeared on Fox with Sean Hannity and shared his opinion about the impeachment trial so far.
Hannity brought up Joe Biden’s claim and the infamous video about him firing the Ukrainian prosecutor, Viktor Shokin.
🎉Happy Anniversary to Joe Biden’s Quid Pro Quo (Bribery!)
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Gowdy said that certainly made him relevant as a witness.
“Part of impeachment is setting a precedent for what’s going to happen in the future,” Gowdy explained, according to Fox News:
“So, if the vice president can make that assertion, then he is relevant as a witness, but so too is President Obama because I would want to know whether or not he had the authority of the president at the time he made that that pronouncement that there’ll be no loan guarantees unless the prosecutor is fired. So, every time that clip plays of Joe Biden, I just think of more reasons that he is relevant as a witness if the Senate wants to go that route.”
Gowdy also explained how Schiff opened the door more to calling Obama by his argument.
“Well, any time you hear the word unprecedented, what makes me — you know, that makes me wonder, well, does that mean no other president’s done it? If this is really, you know, Adam Schiff loves to say this is an unprecedented abuse of power. OK. Well, that makes what other presidents did relevant. In addition to the credibility of the assertion, it makes it relevant.
So, if President Obama gave Joe Biden permission to condition loan guarantees on the firing of a prosecutor, then that makes both of them potentially relevant as witnesses.”
Biden denies he was involved in any personal quid pro quo on the video where he brags about firing the prosecutor, noting others wanted the prosecutor fired and his campaign has argued that Burisma’s issues were before Hunter Biden joined their board.
Except that’s not true. While it appears to be true others may have wanted him fired, it also appears to be true that the prosecutor Shokin had just raided the home of the Burisma head in the prior month before he was fired. So obviously there were Burisma issues and it’s an amazing coincidence that Shokin raids his home on Feb. 2, 2016 and then he’s fired in March, 2016.
What’s stunning is that President Donald Trump was impeached apparently for asking in the Ukraine call if the investigation properly halted thereafter. That’s impeachable, but the raging conflicts and questions from the Biden/Obama administration are not?