Under pressure from Democrats, President Donald Trump has now released two full transcripts of his official phone calls with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Congress and the American public can peruse those transcripts at their leisure and determine for themselves if there is anything inappropriate or incriminating in the calls. Trump has shown his cards.
Now, perhaps, it’s time for Joe Biden to do the same.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is pushing the State Department to release transcripts of phone calls then-Vice President Joe Biden held with former Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko in 2016. At issue is whether or not Biden’s zeal to see Ukraine prosecutor Viktor Shokin fired was based on the Obama administration’s adamant opposition to corruption…or because his son, Hunter, sat on the board of Burisma Holdings – a company under investigation by Shokin’s office at the time.
From The Hill:
Graham sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting the documents “to assist in answering questions regarding allegations that Vice President [Joe] Biden played a role in the termination of Prosecutor General [Viktor] Shokin in an effort to end the investigation of the company employing his son.”
Under Graham’s request, he wants the State Department to hand over any documents tied to calls between the former vice president and former Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, including if Biden brought up an investigation into Burisma, the company where his son, Hunter Biden, was on the board.
Graham also wants any documents related to a meeting between Devon Archer, Hunter Biden’s business partner, and then-Secretary of State John Kerry.
Graham’s request comes as he, President Trump and other GOP lawmakers have homed in on Hunter Biden as they’ve sought to push back against the House impeachment inquiry, which is investigating the president’s actions toward Ukraine.
With ample protection from the media (and, of course, his own party) Joe Biden has attempted to make it sound as though it is unacceptable, unethical, and morally wrong to ask questions about his son’s employment with Burisma. As if it is the very height of irresponsibility to wonder if an elected official’s concern over “corruption” is really just a cover for some other sinister motive.
You’d think that Biden would be intelligent enough to see the irony in that position, but no one ever accused Uncle Joe of being the brightest bulb on the tree.