Former Vice President Joe Biden said it doesnt make sense to him why Republicans and President Donald Trump want his son Hunter Biden to testify in public impeachment hearings.
“Every single, solitary, serious investigator … looked at this and said theres absolutely zero basis to the accusation that I acted inappropriately or that my son did,” Biden, a Democratic presidential candidate, told an audience during a town hall in Iowa on Nov. 11. “This is all about Trump trying to create a diversion. … Theres not a scintilla of evidence pointing out that anything is wrong.”
In 2018, Biden bragged that while in office in 2016, he threatened to withhold $1 billion in aid from Ukraine unless then-President Petro Poroshenko ousted Viktor Shokin, a prosecutor who was probing Hunter Bidens employer Burisma for corruption.
“I said, Im telling you, youre not getting the billion dollars. I said, youre not getting the billion. Im going to be leaving here in–I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: Im leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, youre not getting the money. Well, son of a [expletive]. He got fired,” Biden said.
At the town hall on Nov. 11, the 76-year-old insisted there was no basis for Republicans to try to get his son on the stand during the public impeachment hearings.
“There is zero rationale for that to happen,” Biden said. “Nobody has suggested that anything was done that was inappropriate. This is all a diversion. This is classic Trump, classic Trump. Focus on the problems. We have a president who is one of the most corrupt people to serve in that office.”
“I released 21 years of my tax returns in detail. Mr. President, youre worried about corruption? Release some of yours!” Biden added.