With Joe Biden having emerged as the 2020 Democratic party frontrunner and a probe on the Bidens and Burisma led by Senator Ron Johnson taking place, it’s worth revisiting a piece by Betsey McCaughey that was released late January.
In the piece, McCaughey argues Joe Biden must explain his Ukraine dealings.
McCaughey presents the following timeline and writes “the chronology of the Bidens’ transactions raises serious questions”
April 15, 2014: Burisma sends Hunter Biden’s business partner, Devon Archer, $112,000.
April 16, 2014: Archer visits Vice President Biden at the White House.
April 21, 2014: Vice President Biden arrives in Ukraine bearing millions in aid for the Ukraine energy industry.
May 12, 2014: Hunter Biden joins Burisma’s board.
February 2015: Ukrainian authorities seize the property of Burisma’s CEO and go after unpaid taxes.
March 2016: Biden demands that Ukraine’s top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, be fired, and threatens to hold up $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees.
Biden even bragged about telling the Ukrainians “if the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.” That’s the kind of quid pro quo of which Trump is accused, only Biden did it, and it’s on tape.
The Biden campaign claims the vice president demanded Shokin’s dismissal for being soft on corruption, and the media gladly parrot that claim. It defies common sense.
Though accounts vary about how aggressively Shokin investigated Burisma, Shokin himself is clear. In an email to The Washington Post, he blamed Vice President Biden for getting him axed, saying that Biden’s “motives” were “the activities of Hunter Biden, and the investigators on his tail.”
Data from the United States Aid for International Development show that the Obama administration sent $1.28 billion in aid to Ukraine in 2014 to 2016. Biden, the administration’s point person for Ukraine, should be held accountable for how the money was used or misused.
“Profiles in Corruption,” a new book by Peter Schweizer, documents how Biden’s family and friends leveraged his position to cash in with deals in China, Iraq, Kazakhstan and Latin America. Joe Biden’s suspect dealings in Ukraine were not out of character. The Biden motto appears to be that a family that “takes” together stays together.
Democrats insist claims of Biden wrongdoing are “discredited” and “without evidence.” That doesn’t pass the smell test.
Americans have seen the transcripts of Trump’s calls with the Ukrainians. Let’s see Biden’s call records with the Ukrainians.
If the Senators decide to call witnesses, Joe Biden should be on the top of the list.