Democrats are clearly nervous. In his opening dissertation, Schiff attempted to short circuit two conclusions that the public may draw from the proceedings: that the Biden family is corrupt and that Ukraine illegally interfered in the 2016 election. Schiff said both claims are “debunked” and part of an effort to distract from Trump’s alleged transgressions. In fact, Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, had no-show sinecures at a corrupt Ukrainian energy company and a private equity fund in China, both of which, many voters will conclude, sought and received favorable treatment from the U.S. government.
Then-Vice President Biden bragged that he got aid to Ukraine halted until a prosecutor investigating the Ukrainian company was fired, and he has been inexplicably soft on China. Just last year, Biden said of China, “I mean, you know, they’re not bad folks, folks. But guess what, they’re not, they’re not competition for us…”
As for Ukraine, even though the mainstream media screeches that claim Kiev interfered in the 2016 election are ludicrous, none of the allegations first reported by Kenneth Vogel and David Stern have been faulted: Ukrainian officials colluded with Democratic operatives to smear Trump campaign staffers and aid Hillary Clinton. If Russia has rightly been made to pay for its unacceptable if picayune and ineffective intervention in the 2016 election, why not Ukraine?
But any future consequences for Kiev may pale in comparison to what the House Democrats face.