Trump's Allegations At Heart Of Biden Impeachment Push
Washington, Sept 12 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 13th Sep, 2023 ) :Donald Trump was impeached by Congress in late 2019 for extorting Ukraine in an unsuccessful effort to get up dirt on his reelection rival Joe Biden.
Four years later, Republicans are moving to impeach now-President Biden, claiming they have the dirt Trump sought: that while vice president, Biden personally benefited from his son Hunter's business dealings.
Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday announced he was ordering an impeachment inquiry into the Democratic leader -- a move demanded for months by Trump and his right-wing backers in Congress.
But in contrast to the well-documented actions by Trump that supported his impeachment, Democrats -- and even some Republicans -- say House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, one of the Republicans leading the probe, has no evidence yet of wrongdoing by Biden.
- Hunter's lucrative jobs - Comer alleges that the "Biden family" -- without explicitly naming the president -- and their "associates" have received over $20 million in payments from foreign entities.
- VP Biden demands prosecutor's removal - In 2014, Ukrainians revolted and ejected Moscow-backed president Viktor Yanukovych.
In meetings with Poroshenko in December 2015 and January 2016, Biden said fiscal support would not advance until he fired prosecutor general, Viktor Shokin, who allegedly continued to protect corrupt Ukrainian oligarchs, including Zlochevsky.
With Shokin gone, Zlochevsky's properties were raided by the state prosecutor.
- Biden 'brand' - With Republicans winning control of the House of Representatives in the 2022 midterm elections, Trump's allies gained the legal tools to take their revenge.
After eight months of investigation, Comer's Oversight Committee is turning the story of Shokin's firing on its head.
With records obtained from the FBI and Justice Department and witness testimony, Comer has been able to detail large sums of money going to Hunter Biden and his associates, but nothing showing the elder Biden personally benefited.
The committee instead says the probe is investigating "influence peddling" by what Trump repeatedly calls "the Biden crime family." The investigation "reveals Joe Biden allowed his family to sell him as 'the brand' around the world to enrich the Bidens," the committee said Tuesday.
The committee will "work to follow the facts to ensure President Biden is held accountable for abusing public office for his family's financial gain," it said.