Democrats on Judiciary Committee pass impeachment articles
WASHINGTON (December 13, 2019) — Impeachment charges against President Donald Trump went to the full House on Friday, following approval by Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee.
Information leaked by a Ukrainian government office shows more than $3 million in payments to the son of former Vice President Joe Biden from a Ukrainian gas company while Biden was in office.
Dozens of payments to 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, from Burisma Holding were posted online – with 38 of them totaling more than $3.1 million. They were dated during the period when the older Biden served as former President Barack Obama's vice president and top diplomat to the Ukraine.
The Ukrainian General Prosecutor's Office leaked images of each transaction while reviewing the Biden's business dealings.
"[Photos of the payments were] part of the investigative materials acquired during an investigation into Biden corruption," CD Media announced. "Burisma Holdings Limited during a period from 18th November 2014 to 16th November 2015 transacted [dozens of] money transfers through Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC in the sum of 3.5 mln U.S. Dollars."
Names of top Democrats, including the Bidens and Kerrys, were mentioned.
"The recipient of the money transfer is the company Rosemont Seneca Bohai LLC (belongs to Devon Archer)," the CD Media divulged. "The company belongs to Devon Archer and Kerry Family including Kerry Senior, Kerry Junior, Heinz Jr and Hunter Biden. Devon Archer, Kerry Jr, Heinz Jr and Hunter Biden are listed as partners in Rosemont Seneca Fund, Rosemont Seneca Partners and affiliated Rosemont Seneca other companies."
While Democrats focus on President Donald Trump in their impeachment hearings, Republicans are honing in on Biden's alleged use of his foreign diplomatic sway for his son's profit.
What about Joe?
"As Democrats run impeachment hearings in Washington alleging President Trump withheld aid to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Bidens, Republicans want to know why Burisma hired Hunter Biden and whether or not it had any impact on Obama administration policy," WND reported.
Records of 46 total payments to Hunter Biden – including the 38 totaling some $3.1 million – were revealed by Ukrainian officials.
"New memos released last week reveal Burisma Holdings – Hunter Biden's Ukrainian natural gas company – pressured the Obama State Department to help end the corruption investigation during the 2016 election cycle just one month before then-Vice President Joe Biden forced Ukraine to fire Viktor Shokin, the prosecutor probing his son Hunter," Gateway Pundit noted.
Even though the evidence points to Biden's culpability, the mainstream media has reportedly limited its coverage to portray Biden in a positive light.
"Joe Biden bragged about getting Viktor Shokin fired during a 2018 speech to the Council on Foreign Relations," Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft recounted. "The media immediately covered for Biden and said his targeting of Mr. Shokin was totally unrelated to the prosecutor's corruption investigation into Hunter and Burisma Holdings."
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) notified the State Department of their belief that Burisma influenced State Department dealings by taking advantage of Hunter Biden's influential position on the board.
"[Burisma's consulting firm noted] two high-profile U.S. citizens (including Hunter Biden as a board member) affiliated with the company [when trying to set up a meeting with State Department officials to determine if the U.S. government's classification of Burisma as corrupt was accurate]," Grassley and Johnson said, according to WND.
Biden was recorded making light of his abuse of power, which was announced via social media.
"Joe Biden brags about how he threatened to pull $1 billion in loan guarantees from Ukraine if it didn't immediately fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin," the Daily Wire's Ryan Saavedra tweeted September 20. "The prosecutor, who was fired, was leading a corruption investigation into a company that employed Biden's son, Hunter."
Democrats are attempting to turn the tables on Trump, but mounting evidence is working against their impeachment arguments.
"The anonymous whistleblower whose complaint triggered the Democrats' impeachment inquiry alleges President Trump threatened to withhold U.S. aid if Ukraine didn't investigate the Bidens," WND added. "But the White House argues the transcript of Trump's July 25 conversation with the Ukrainian president refutes that claim, and Ukrainian officials said they didn't feel pressured, and they were unaware of any delay in aid."
More problems for Dems …
The impeachment inquiry hit another snag when Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) contradicted testimony provided by Democrats' star witness against Trump, Ambassador William Taylor, yesterday.
"[Nunes pointed] out the diplomat acknowledged in his deposition that he had no knowledge of the considerable evidence supporting Trump's concern about Ukraine's connection to interference in the 2016 election and alleged corruption concerning Hunter Biden and former Vice President Joe Biden," a separate WND report indicated.
As the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, Nunes expressed concerns that Democrats' witnesses have a vested interest in the outcome of the proceedings.
"What's strange is that some of the witnesses in these hearings and previous depositions who express alarm about these inquiries were remarkably uninformed about these indications of election meddling and why the president may have been concerned about it," Nunes pointed out.
This inquiry laid out Taylor's contention that Trump was seeking personal political benefits by looking into corruption taking place in the Ukraine.
"Our holding up of security assistance that would go to a country that is fighting aggression from Russia for no good policy reason, no substantive reason, for [no] national security reason, is wrong," Taylor – America's top diplomat in the Ukraine – answered Democrats' counsel.
Nunes countered Taylor.
"[Then] the Republican leader pointed out that the Ukraine had a significant role in the origins of the Obama administration's discredited Trump-Russia collusion probe, which is now the subject of a Justice Department criminal investigation," WND recounted.
As documented by WND, Nunes listed off some of Trump's concerns – of which Taylor had no knowledge:
Nunes followed this up with a question to Taylor:
"Ambassador Taylor, in your testimony to this committee, you said you were never briefed on these reports and statements, that you did not do due diligence before taking your post to discover what the president's and Mayor Giuliani's concerns may have been and that you did not discuss them with Ambassador Yovanovich," Nunes said. "Is that still correct?"
To this, Taylor responded, "Yes, sir," before saying it was "disappointing" to find out that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election.
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