If there is a smoking gun in the case of former Vice President Joe Biden's involvement with Ukraine, it is being held by his son, Hunter.

Democrats in Congress and many in the media insist neither Biden did anything wrong in relation to Hunter's membership on the board of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian natural gas company. On the other hand, they insist President Trump is guilty of an impeachable offense for asking Ukrainian officials to investigate both Bidens.

At the heart of it all is the relationship between Hunter Biden and Burisma.\

It is not unusual for family members and acquaintances of high-ranking federal officials to capitalize on their relationships. Many in the private sector, both here and abroad, hope that by doing nice things for those linked to government officials, they will get favorable treatment from Washington in return.

In 2014, while his father was vice president, Hunter Biden accepted an offer from Burisma for a position on its board, paying him as much as $50,000 a year.

At that time, a Ukrainian prosecutor was investigating corruption that occurred at Burisma before Biden joined the firm.

In 2016, then-Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Ukraine and told officials there that $1 billion in U.S. aid would be withheld until that prosecutor was fired. He was.

It has been pointed out that at that time, the prosecutor himself was suspected of corruption. U.S. officials and some in other countries had suggested he ought to go.

But Hunter Biden's habit of capitalizing on his father's position had been criticized previously. Knowing that, and understanding there would be questions about him using $1 billion in U.S. aid to pressure Ukrainian officials, why didn't Mr. Biden ask his boss, then-President Barack Obama, to have someone else handle getting the prosecutor fired?

Was there some reason Mr. Biden decided it was so important he had to handle it himself?

And if Hunter Biden's relationship with Burisma was so innocent, why did he resign from the company's board in April, after his father became a candidate for president?

He did so because he believed the issue would hurt his father politically. "My qualifications and work are being attacked by (Trump adviser) Rudy Giuliani and his minions for transparent political purposes," Hunter Biden said in April.

Again, did both Bidens worry that there was enough smoke rising from the Burisma connection that an investigation of it would uncover political fire?

Why are Democrats in Congress so intent on diverting attention from that issue? That alone ought to prompt thoughtful Americans to insist that the matter be investigated.

(19) comments

Eredmon

Liberals are great at admitting to only one thing: that they’ve never been wrong. Frankly I don’t understand what good it does to discuss anything with such an incredibly biased group. If they cannot admit or even fathom the hypocrisy of Joe Biden, a previous VP, openly and brazenly admitting worse, what room is there for intelligent discussion?

Ping

They appear to be utterly uneducable.

Jim McCarthy

Star joins the Deflection Team. The investigation of Trump’s call to the President of Ukraine is NOT because he requested an investigation of the Bidens—-it was because he conditioned the release of military aid on that request. It’s called quid pro quo and no amount of deflection changes that.

Ping

Read response to CRT....apply.

CRT

We all know that Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared "Squeaky" Kurshner are highly qualified to be senior advisers to the President. After all, Squeak's father served prison time so the son would have experience in criminal justice. So what if the kid couldn't pass an FBI background check! As for the prosecutor in Ukraine, he was just suspected of corruption, he was corrupt. Three GOP Senators called for him to be fired, Sens. Ron Johnson (Wis.), Rob Portman (Ohio) and Mark Kirk (Ill.). You also leave out that Trump's transcript of the phone call matches perfectly with the whistle blower's account which was written weeks earlier. As Trump might tweet, he handed the country the smocking gun that transcript. Loser!

Spock Here

Yeh, but, but, but......

Ping

Do you always support the democrat hack talking points? I can at least criticize Trump et al but you seem to find the silver lining in even the darkest democrat sewage pit.

CRT

So it's not true that those three GOP senators wanted the corrupt prosecutor fired? It's not true that the whistle blower's account tracks the Trump released transcript to the letter? It's not true that Kurshner Sr did prison time after being prosecuted by that radical left winger, Chris Christie?

Ping

That wasn't what I said. I said you were a party hack. Do you believe the Bidens and the Clintons played quid pro quo games for their own enrichment?

Spock Here

This is a lazy person who continually throws out the word "hack" along with liberal, democrat, leftist and then adds "talking points". Never actually provides any sources, just tells people they are "hacks."

Ping

Spock, I’m not lazy at all. I could have Jesus himself come down and verify some point or another and you and CRT et al would still refuse to admit that left/leftist/“progressive”/socialist/proto-marxist/democrat affiliates are wrong in one atea or another.

Spock Here

Lazy is taking the easy way out Ping and not sourcing your blanket statements about "leftist socialists" etc. I realize you may think you sound important and knowledgeable by boxing up people with a nice neat bow, but you don't. Just like Potus, you sound whiny, weak, and like a victim.

Spock Here

The matter has been investigated, Star, you keep forgetting that. Why did republicans also write a letter demanding this prosecutor be fired? But let's hear it for the Trump kids making millions overseas, that's ok, right?

Ping

Hunter Biden your buddy?

Spock Here

Oh, yeh. We go way back. Took some classes with him. "How to Work the Deep State for Fun and Profit", "Becoming a Leftist Socialist Librul in 3 Days or Less," and "How to Broadcast Fake News." Hannity and Rush were in that one.

Ping

Aww shucks! I know you are joking! Everyone knows Hunter took classes from the privileged elitist school for politicians kids called "The Entitlement Institute of American Royalty." I wouldn't doubt that Kushner was also enrolled, but I don't think Rush or Sean were. I believe they have an endowed program called the Clinton-Soros Fund.

CRT

I thought I knew you from somewhere! Weren't you in my How to Run a Pedo Sex Ring in the Basement of a Pizza Place that has no Basement class?

Ping

I am in no way, shape or form a pedo. That is disgusting. I know you are referencing pizzagate, but, geez, man, have a filter once in a while.

Ping

Something having been investigated doesn't mean much, as any democrat hack should know.....russia, ukraine....ring any bells?

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