With the Senate getting back to work later this week after the holiday break, all eyes will be on the Senate and the impending impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump.
House Democrats have been holding their already-voted-on articles of impeachment hostage in hopes of gaining some leverage over Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has insisted that any trial in the higher chamber will be both swift and vindicating for the President. Furthermore, Senate Republicans are hoping to call folks like Joe and Hunter Biden to the witness stand to demonstrate to the world that President Trump was justified in his concerns over their Ukraine dealings.
And while a vast majority of Democrats seem to oppose this, they are having a hard time reconciling this belief with how they feel about Hunter Biden’s alleged nepotism.
While speaking to the Associated Press on Monday, 2020 presidential candidate South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) stated that he wouldn’t have wanted his son to serve on the board of a Ukrainian energy company the way fellow 2020 Democrat former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter did, but that there hasn’t been any “wrongdoing” in the Biden case and that it is being used as a distraction.
Buttigieg said, “I would not have wanted to see that happen. And at the same time, again, I think this is being used to divert attention from what’s really at stake in the impeachment process. There’s been no allegation, let alone finding, of any kind of wrongdoing.”
Even CNN’s Jake Tapper expressed his concerns this week, live on-air:
“It’s true that there’s no evidence of any wrongdoing by Vice President Biden or that Hunter Biden broke any laws at all. But frankly, it does stink that Hunter Biden got this contract with no expertise in the energy sector and likely — he already said basically that he probably got that money, which was significant, because of his connection with his father, the vice president of the time, who was also in charge of Ukraine at the time. Do you think future presidents and vice presidents should say my relatives cannot cash in, in any way, on their connection to me?”
Joe Biden has stated that he sees no legal basis for being compelled to testify before the Senate, and his son Hunter has yet to publicly respond to the possibility.
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