Democrats needed a new bombshell for the Wednesday newscast to counter the epic smackdown they got from President Donald Trump, telling them where to shove their ‘impeachment inquiry.’
They trotted out scandal-laden former vice president Joe Biden to make a grand, earthshattering announcement that he now supports the impeachment of the president. Are icebergs made of ice? The news was met with a collective yawn.
Could the real motive for the Democrats’ quickie impeachment scheme be to cover up massive corruption in their own party? All of a sudden they must impeach Trump now? Elections are only months away. Why don’t they trust the voters to elect the president of their choice? Is this truly the democracy we have all proudly championed?
The so-called formal impeachment inquiry was launched because Trump was asking for Ukraine help in probing their candidate for president, Joe Biden and his son Hunter who were negotiating questionable deals in the country. Democrats insist that Trump used military aid of $400,000 as a quid pro quo to push the probe of a political rival.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said Thursday that Trump did not seek to blackmail him during a phone call in July or a meeting in September.
Zelensky denied knowing that U.S. military aid to Ukraine had been blocked at the time of the call. His defense minister later informed him about the delay and he spoke with Vice President Mike Pence about the issue at a meeting in September in Poland, said Zelensky.
Biden, however, is in real hot water after Ukrainian MP Andriy Derkach alleged at a Wednesday press conference in Kyiv that Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company, paid Biden nearly a million dollars in lobbying fees.
Derkach produced documents as evidence of fees that Burisma paid Biden through an intermediary. His son Hunter was being paid $85,000 a month to serve on the board, according to author Peter Schweizer.
“This was the transfer of Burisma Group’s funds for lobbying activities, as investigators believe, personally to Joe Biden through a lobbying company. Funds in the amount of $900,000 were transferred to the U.S.-based company Rosemont Seneca Partners, which according to open sources, in particular, The New York Times, is affiliated with Biden. The payment reference was payment for consultative services,” Derkach said.
Derkach claimed that while serving as vice president, Biden used his influence to squash an investigation into Burisma.
‘Using political and economic levelers of influencing Ukrainian authorities and manipulating the issue of providing financial aid to Ukraine, Joe Biden actively assisted closing criminal cases into the activity of former Ukrainian Ecology Minister Mykola Zlochevsky, who is the founder and owner of Burisma Group,’ he said.
“Biden’s fifth visit to Kyiv on December 7-8, 2015 was devoted to making a decision on the resignation of [then Ukrainian Prosecutor General] Viktor Shokin over the case of Zlochevsky and Burisma. Loan guarantees worth $1 billion that the United States was to give to Ukraine was the point of pressure. Biden himself admitted exerting pressure in his speech at the Council of Foreign Relations in January 2018, calling Shokin ‘son of a bitch who was fired’,” Derkach said.
He urged the U.S. Justice Department to independently investigate his allegations using the documents.
Could Biden’s backing of impeachment be a distraction from this bombshell implicating him in very suspicious international deals? If Biden is so outraged because the president wants to probe corruption in our elections and our elected leaders, he ought to be exiting the Democratic race for president after his quid pro quo scandals have been exposed, if he had any shame.
Last Tuesday Doug Schoen, former Clinton campaign advisor, and Trump pollster John McLaughlin appeared on Fox News Channel’s The Ingraham Angle with host Laura Ingraham to discuss the march to impeachment.
McLaughlin suggested that Democrats will not be able to prove their case. Schoen agreed, noting ominously, “That is less important than getting him impeached, using it as an election issue.” In other words, Democrats just want to get the job done by any means necessary.
Schoen also noted that “impeachment is unpopular with the moderate Republicans and independents who they counted on in 2018 to get them elected. So red state Democrats are facing the impeachment prospect at their peril.”
McLaughlin criticized polls showing that the majority of the country support the impeachment inquiry: “all these pseudo polls that are saying of adults and registered voters that are saying — they’re under polling Republicans — saying that people want this. What’s happening is Republican numbers are opposed to it, over 90 percent. The independents oppose this impeachment inquiry.”
If Democrats rush an impeachment now, they do so at their own peril. There are too many issues that have come up implicating them and their own candidate in corrupt acts and abuse of power. They need to shut down their so-called inquiry and allow both the House and Senate, as well as the Justice Department to investigate these grave allegations in a bi-partisan manner.