Former Vice President Joe Biden had an incredible, what some are even calling historic, Super Tuesday yesterday. He beat out Bernie Sanders in ten states, many of which he was expected to lose, and performed better than expected in states like California and even in Sanders’s home state of Vermont.
In an incredibly short amount of time, Biden’s campaign has become viable again and he now has a strong shot at securing the nomination, an eventuality that seemed near impossible after his abysmal performance in the first few primary states.
Now that Biden once again seems like he could be the Democratic nominee, the Republicans are redoubling their efforts to smear and sink him. Readers will recall that it was Trump’s efforts to derail Biden’s presidential aspirations that triggered the inquiry that ultimately led to his impeachment. Trump tried to leverage hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine to strongarm the foreign country into opening a sham investigation into Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
Since the cowardly Republicans controlling the Senate ultimately voted to acquit the president, he now has carte blanche to resume his strategy against the former vice president. This time though, he’ll have help as some GOP officials are lining up to do his dirty work.
It must be said and repeated and repeated and repeated… But there is absolutely nothing to the Ukraine story other than Trump’s corruption. Hunter Biden served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company called Burisma and not too long after he joined the company, the Obama administration cracked down on corruption in Ukraine. The president directed Biden to ensure that an allegedly corrupt Ukrainian prosecutor named Viktor Sholkin was booted from office, a mission that Biden succeeded at.
Sholkin, in an effort to save face, cooked up the conspiracy theory that Biden targeted him because he was investigating Burisma. In reality, Burisma was investigated by the Ukrainian government, the case was settled, and at no point was Hunter Biden implicated in any wrongdoing. It was a false narrative at the time, nobody paid attention to it, and now Trump is digging it up to muddy the waters and smear Joe Biden.
Former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko has stated unequivocally that Hunter Biden did nothing wrong while at Burisma.
“From the perspective of Ukrainian legislation, [Hunter Biden] did not violate anything. Hunter Biden cannot be responsible for violations of the management of Burisma that took place two years before his arrival,” said Lutsenko.
With all that in mind, it’s easy to see the Republican scheme for what it is: an attempt to hurt Joe Biden by lying about his son. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), one of Trump’s most loyal little attack dogs, came out today in the wake of the Biden’s Super Tuesday surge and made it clear that he intends to support more trumped-up probes into Burisma. True to odious form, he made sure to obfuscate and misrepresent the facts.
Sen. Lindsey Graham: "If you're going to run for President and you were in charge of the Ukrainian anti-corruption campaign as VP and your son's sitting on the most corrupt company in the country while you're trying to clean up the country — yeah, that'll come up." pic.twitter.com/tTyBoxmmOG
— The Hill (@thehill) March 4, 2020
Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) is also getting in on the crooked action. Politico’s Andrew Desiderio reports that Johnson intends to release an interim report in the coming months on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s probe into Burisma and Hunter Biden. The probe has been a political hack job from day one, started for the sole purpose of helping Trump’s reelection, so one can only imagine what kind of nonsense will pop up in their findings.
Johnson claimed the report is not aimed at interfering in the 2020 election before immediately undermining that claim by saying that if he were a Democratic primary voter he’d “want these questions satisfactorily answered before I cast my final vote.”
Republicans are making it abundantly clear that they are going to play dirty to keep their disastrous, deteriorating, cruel president in power. All that this means is that the rest of us have to fight harder, volunteer and donate more, and ensure that a Democrat emerges victorious in November to restore sanity to this country. We can win. We must.
NEW: Ron Johnson says he’ll likely release an interim report within next 1-2 months on his cmte’s Biden probe.
He insists it has nothing to do w/ the election, but “if I were a Democrat primary voter I’d want these questions satisfactorily answered before I cast my final vote.”
— Andrew Desiderio (@AndrewDesiderio) March 4, 2020
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.