CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin wondered out loud over the weekend about whether the two women on President Trump’s impeachment defense team would be “allowed” to talk, well one of those women did talk on Monday and Hunter Biden is probably wishing she hadn’t.
Pam Bondi, the former attorney general of Florida, set her focus on the one aspect of the Ukrainian controversy the media has no interest in, the questionable actions by former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, in regard to Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian gas company that paid the younger Biden more than $80,000 a month to sit on its board — millions overall.
“When the House managers gave you their presentation when they submitted their brief, they repeatedly referenced Hunter Biden and Burisma,” Bondi told the Senate in her opening. “They referenced Biden or Burisma over 400 times. And when they gave these presentations they said there was nothing to see, it was a sham. This is fiction.”
“You’ve heard from the House managers. They do not believe that there was any concern to raise here, that all of this was baseless,” she added. “And all that we are saying is that there was a basis to talk about this, to raise this issue. And that was enough.”
The hiring of Hunter Biden “looks nepotistic at best, nefarious at worst,” Bondi said.
In painstaking detail, Bondi laid out the corruption at Burisma and the shady dealings involving Hunter Biden, which included business dealings with Christopher Heinz, the stepson of Secretary of State John Kerry. The two men, along with Devon Archer, were involved in the private investment fund Rosemont Seneca Partners, which sought to raise Chinese capital.
Bondi cited a Heinz spokesperson who said a “lack of judgment was a major catalyst” for Heinz to eventually end his business relationship with Biden and Archer, who was also on board at Burisma.
She highlighted how some in the media did draw attention to what many saw as a serious conflict of interest.
“In fact, every person who was asked about Hunter Biden’s involvement with Burisma agreed there was a potential appearance of a conflict of interest,” Bondi said. “Multiple House Democrat witnesses, including those from the State Department, the National Security Council, and others, unanimously testified there was a potential appearance of a conflict of interest.”
Citing a quote from then-White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, Bondi pointed out how the Obama administration sidestepped the nefarious goings-on.
“Hunter Biden and other members of the Biden family are obviously private citizens and where they work does not reflect an endorsement by the administration or the vice president or the president,” Carney said at the time.
The founder of Burisma was under investigation by then-prosecutor general Viktor Shokin, and Bondi played the infamous video of the former vice president boasting during a 2018 Council on Foreign Relations conference about getting Shokin fired by threatening to withhold $1 billion in aid.
Biden said it was because Shokin was corrupt, but the former prosecutor testified in an affidavit before a European court that it was because he “refused” to end the probe.
“The truth is that I was forced out because I was leading a wide-ranging corruption probe into Burisma Holdings, a natural gas firm active in Ukraine and Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, was a member of the Board of Directors,” Shokin testified, according to The Hill’s John Solomon.
Bondi was so effective in eviscerating Hunter Biden that even Toobin was impressed.
“I thought Attorney General Bondi did an effective job at showing how sleazy the hiring of Hunter Biden was,” Toobin said on air Monday.
The Biden campaign responded by citing the usual suspects in the media who have shown no intellectual curiosity whatsoever about the Bidens’ personal dealings with Burisma to push the accepted narrative that the former vice president was fighting corruption when he threatened to withhold aid if the prosecutor wasn’t fired.
“The diplomat that Trump himself appointed to lead his Ukraine policy has blasted it as ‘self serving’ and ‘not credible.’ Joe Biden was instrumental to a bipartisan and international anti-corruption victory. It’s no surprise that such a thing is anathema to President Trump.”
— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) January 27, 2020
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