A central premise of House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump is that it was an impeachable offense for him to request that Ukraine investigate the questionable dealings of Hunter Biden — son of former Vice President Joe Biden — with a corrupt Ukrainian energy firm named Burisma Holdings.
Democrats — led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) — have dismissed any mention of Hunter Biden’s connection with Burisma as a conspiracy theory of no merit. However, even one of their “star” witnesses in the public impeachment hearings — National Security Council (NSC) official Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman — agreed that Biden was unqualified for the position, which would suggest an investigation into the arrangement was indeed warranted, Breitbart reported.
Biden “didn’t seem to be” qualified
Vindman testified on Tuesday in a public impeachment hearing, and the topic of Hunter Biden and Burisma came up briefly during questioning from Republican counsel Steve Castor.
The lawyer referenced a prior discussion of Biden during Vindman’s closed-door deposition, specifically the question of whether he was qualified to sit on the board of Burisma.
Castor noted that Vindman had “acknowledged” in that prior proceeding that Biden was, in fact, not qualified for that position.
Vindman replied: “As far as I can tell he didn’t seem to be [qualified], but like I said, I don’t know his qualifications.”
Corruption and a collapsing narrative
Breitbart noted that according to author Peter Schweizer in his book Secret Empires — which is about political families and corruption — Hunter Biden had no experience whatsoever in either the energy industry or in Ukraine prior to joining the board of Burisma in 2014.
The timing of Biden’s addition to the board of Burisma — for which he was reportedly paid between $50,000 and $83,000 per month — is especially curious, as it coincided with efforts by Burisma to fend off international investigations into its allegedly corrupt business practices.
Interestingly, it also came at the same that Hunter’s father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, took the lead of the Obama administration on all matters related to Ukraine, which would suggest at the very least the appearance of a conflict of interest and a corrupt wielding of influence.
Further compounding the appearance of corruption by the Bidens is the fact that Joe Biden was captured on video in 2018 bragging about how he threatened to withhold $1 billion in aid to Ukraine in 2016 unless it fired a top prosecutor who was at that time investigating Burisma — and potentially Hunter as well.
All of those key facts, far from being a debunked conspiracy theory, constitute a justifiable concern about corruption and a legitimate reason for Trump to request that Ukraine take another look at what was going on.
As such, the argument from Democrats such as Schiff that it was inappropriate and even impeachable for Trump to make such an inquiry has taken yet another serious hit in process that seems to be falling apart before their eyes.