It was this time last year that House Democrats launched a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump after all prior efforts to overturn the results of the 2016 election failed.
The drawn-out head-hunt from the same party promising to impeach the president since before inauguration finally centered on a July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. It was during this conversation that an anonymous whistleblower, eventually identified by Real Clear Investigations as Eric Ciaramella, an Obama White House holdover on the National Security Council, accused Trump of demanding his Ukrainian counterpart launch a series of investigations into the Biden family in exchange for nearly $400 million in military aid in a claimed quid pro quo.
Democrats and legacy media, desperate to resurrect charges of foreign corruption against the president several months after the collapse of the Russia hoax, immediately capitalized on the complaint. The hysterical news coverage provoked the White House to take the extraordinary step of releasing the transcript of the phone call in question, an unprecedented move potentially upending relations with Ukraine and risking the mistrust of world leaders about engaging in candid conversations with the president over fears that their discussions too could be revealed.
The grand revelation from its release? That the American president urged the leader of one of the world’s most notoriously corrupt countries to rid his government of corruption and to investigate Ukraine’s peddling of the Russian hoax that did irreparable harm to the United States. That’s the “high crime and misdemeanor” for which the president was impeached.
Democrats and their allies in the complicit media, however, concentrated outrage over the president’s mention of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company where former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, served on the board for upwards of $50,000 a month despite no prior experience in the industry while his father served as the Obama administration’s “public face” for handling Ukraine. A Federalist analysis of Hunter Biden’s Burisma pay shows the former vice president’s son was being showered in excess compensation that dwarfed the earnings of other board executives in the same field.
True to form, CNN, The New York Times, and the Washington Post deceptively edited portions of the transcript to fit the Democrat narrative that the president requested a “favor” from the Ukrainian leader that featured launching a foreign investigation into Trump’s political opponents centered on Burisma, when a clear and honest reading of the transcript illustrated nothing of the sort. Here’s what the president said when using the word “favor” to request that the Ukrainian president uncover his government’s role in the Russia hoax:
I would like you to do us a favor, though, because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike… I guess you have one of your wealthy people… the server, they say Ukraine has it. There are a lot of things that went on the whole situation. I think you’re surrounding yourself with some of the same people. I would like to have the Attorney General call you and your people and I would like you to get to the bottom of it. As you said yesterday, that whole nonsense ended with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Mueller, an incompetent performance, but they say a lot of it started with Ukraine. Whatever you can do, it’s very important that you do it if that’s possible.
Here’s what the president said 540 words later:
There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution, so if you can look into it. It sounds horrible to me.
In 2018, Joe Biden indeed bragged about his role in ousting the Ukrainian prosecutor with plans to investigate his son’s company by threatening to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loans if the vice president’s demands were not met. Did Joe Biden, then, engage in a quid pro quo to save his son’s lucrative overseas sinecure?
Democrats, however, treated Republican scrutiny of Hunter Biden’s suspicious overseas business activity as a red herring intended to distract from the supposed seditious actions of the president. Democrats refused to even allow Hunter Biden to testify in the House or Senate.
“We don’t need to have witnesses that have nothing to do with this that are trying to distract Americans from the truth,” scoffed Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York. Hunter Biden, California Rep. Adam Schiff said, was “irrelevant and immaterial.” Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen called Hunter Biden a “total sideshow.”
These comments were made even after the American public knew of Hunter Biden’s overpaid board position and his father’s pressure campaign to stop investigations into his son’s firm.
A new earthshattering report released by Senate investigators Wednesday, however, reveals the Biden family’s long series of conflicts of interest while serving at the upper echelons of government go far deeper than previously known.
The report, unveiled by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee with the Senate Treasury Committee and led by Republican Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Chuck Grassley of Iowa, shows Hunter Biden engaged in a wide array of potentially criminal transactions that also includes Joe Biden’s brother, James Biden, expanding the network of conflicting interests in the Biden family beyond Hunter that raised concerns of extortion.
According to Senate investigators, Hunter Biden helped invest millions of Chinese capital on American soil following a government trip with his vice president father to Beijing aboard Air Force Two in 2013. Hunter Biden’s Chinese business partners, the report says, held deep ties with the Chinese Communist Party.
In 2018, the same individuals linked to the Chinese Communist Party funded a more than $100,000 shopping spree for Hunter Biden, James Biden, and James’ wife, Sara, featuring extravagant purchases from airplane tickers to Apple products. The transactions, the committee wrote, were flagged for potential criminal activity.
In Ukraine, the Senate found that Burisma owner Mykola Zlochevsky, widely viewed as a corrupt, “odious oligarch,” is accused of paying a $7 million bribe to Ukrainian officials to shut down an investigation of the firm.
U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent told committee staff that the FBI was informed of Zlochevsky’s alleged bribe and then later learned of Hunter Biden’s lucrative position with Zlochevsky’s company. Kent described Zlochevsky as “a poster child for corrupt behavior.” Kent, the administration’s top official on Ukraine, told lawmakers that he raised his concerns over Hunter Biden’s overseas role with White House staff, who dismissed them.
“I raised my concerns that I had heard that Hunter Biden was on the board of a company owned by somebody that the U.S. Government had spent money trying to get tens of millions of dollars back and that could create the perception of a conflict of interest,” Kent told House members during a private deposition during House impeachment proceedings in October. “The message that I recall hearing back was that the vice president’s son Beau was dying of cancer and that there was no further bandwidth to deal with family-related issues at that time… That was the end of that conversation.”
In Russia, Hunter Biden was found by Senate investigators to have received a $3.5 million payment in 2014 from the wife of a former Moscow mayor who had been fired by then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev four years earlier based on charges of corruption. Hunter Biden is also accused by Senate investigators of making payments to Eastern European hookers who may be linked to a sex trafficking ring.
One can easily imagine the kind of press coverage there would have been this week had Donald Trump Jr. been caught displaying any of Hunter Biden’s growing series of alleged misconduct. Would Trump Jr. be called to testify before Congress? Would Democrats again resurrect their theories of collusion? Would they launch a second impeachment?
The entire Democrat rebuttal to Republican objections over impeachment was predicated on Hunter Biden’s innocence. They said the president had no reason to mention the former vice president’s son other than to score political points. Wednesday’s Senate report, however, detailing an expansive series of potentially criminal conduct that jeopardized U.S. interests, shows Democrats were the ones initiating a cover-up.