GOP Senator Wants Bidens to Testify in Trump Impeachment Trial
Hunter Biden needs to testify in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) said on Thursday, adding that he thinks Biden’s father, former Vice President and current 2020 contender Joe Biden should also probably answer questions from lawmakers.
The caveat, Hawley said, was whether the Senate would even call witnesses.
“I think it’s now clear we absolutely must call Hunter Biden and we probably need to call Joe Biden. Based on the House managers’ presentation today, I think we probably are going to need to hear from the former Vice President if indeed we call witnesses,” Hawley told reporters in a mid-afternoon break in the trial, citing arguments House impeachment managers made.
“They also showed how central the Bidens are to their argument—I mean really, really central—and how important it is for them that Hunter Biden not be involved in any kind of corruption with Burisma.”
Hawley said House Democrats were making contradictory arguments: that a prosecutor was ousted at the behest of the Obama administration because he wasn’t investigating Burisma enough, but that Trump was wrong to try to get Ukraine to probe the firing of the investigator.
“You can’t have it both ways: either Burisma was a source of corruption, and needed to be investigated, or it wasn’t.”
Hunter Biden sat on the board of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian company, from 2014 to 2019. Joe Biden pressured Ukraine’s leaders to oust a top prosecutor in 2016, Biden recounted during a 2018 event.
“I said, you’re not getting the billion. I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a [expletive]. He got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time,” Biden said