It’s interesting that many of the Democrat Party pr flacks with bylines have turned their attention to Joe Biden as he has begun to be considered as a candidate for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination. Things that unreported when he was Vice President are now coming to light.
For example, there’s a report at The Hill about Biden’s interference in an criminal investigation in Ukraine.
In his own words, with video cameras rolling, Biden described how he threatened Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016 that the Obama administration would pull $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees, sending the former Soviet republic toward insolvency, if it didn’t immediately fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.
The prosecutor was fired, and his successor terminated an investigation into the natural gas firm Burisma Holdings that employed Biden’s younger son, Hunter, as a board member.
As the now-completed Russia collusion investigation showed us, every American deserves the right to be presumed innocent until evidence is made public or a conviction is secured, especially when some matters of a case involve foreigners. The same presumption should be afforded to Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, … and Burisma in the Ukraine case.
Nonetheless, some hard questions should be answered by Biden as he prepares, potentially, to run for president in 2020: Was it appropriate for your son and his firm to cash in on Ukraine while you served as point man for Ukraine policy? What work was performed for the money Hunter Biden’s firm received? Did you know about the Burisma probe? And when it was publicly announced that your son worked for Burisma, should you have recused yourself from leveraging a U.S. policy to pressure the prosecutor who very publicly pursued Burisma?
Joe, they’re trying to tell you that you’re past your sell by date.