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The top lawyer for Judiciary and Intelligence Committee Republicans testified Monday that there was a “legitimate basis” for President Trump to ask Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky to launch a public investigation into the Biden family’s dealings in Ukraine.

During impeachment inquiry testimony in front of the Judiciary Committee, minority counsel Steve Castor tried to turn the tables on the Democrat-led investigation into whether President Trump tried to pressure his Ukrainian colleague into investigating a political rival by withholding aid and a White House meeting by arguing that there were real concerns about the former vice president’s son’s involvement with the Ukrainian natural gas company, Burisma Holdings.

“Hunter Biden was reportedly receiving $50,000 to $83,000 a month for compensation for his role on the Burisma board,” Castor said of the former vice president’s son.

Castor questioned why a person who doesn’t have a history with Ukraine and doesn’t speak either Ukrainian or Russian would have a senior role on the company’s board.

“At the time that Hunter Biden joined Burisma’s board, his father, former Vice President Biden, was the Obama Administration’s point person for Ukraine.”

Castor speculated that the only reason Hunter Biden was on the Burisma board was because his father was the vice president at the time, and leading the Obama administration’s efforts in Ukraine.

“Hunter Biden was not qualified to serve on the board,” Castro said. “There is a legitimate basis for President Trump to have a concern about Hunter Biden’s role on the Burisma board.”

The impeachment inquiry into Trump began when a whistleblower reported that the president had pushed Zelensky to launch a public investigation into the Biden family’s dealings in Ukraine—specifically, why Joe Biden pressured former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to fire a top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, who at the time was investigating Burisma Holdings.

Though the timing raised concerns among anti-corruption advocates in Ukraine and by a number of high-level U.S. foreign service members, there has been no evidence the former vice president or his son broke the law.

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7 Comments
  • Michael says:

    “There has been no evidence the former vice president or his son broke the law.” Really? What do you call Biden bragging about how he threatened to withhold funds in order to get a prosecutor investigating his son fired? Isn’t that the very thing the Dems are trying to accuse President Trump of? Only difference is in Biden’s case there actually is evidence, because he’s on tape saying it.

  • Gerry says:

    If the “chief editor” wrote this BS article, he needs to look for a new job. The”evidence” has been all over the news moron — of old groper joe bragging about withholding Taxpayer aid unless the Ukraine fired the official investigating his son — have you been in a coma or are you just another libtard moron who won’t see the truth ???????

  • mike dar says:

    ‘..been no evidence the former vice president or his son broke the law..’- because any looking into, investigation, was closed down… by… the former Vice President, admitted to on video. Pretty amazing, especially when America passed into law, corruption had to be looked into by the Treaty ratified into law that Bill Clinton signed to. Seems another case of two levels of law, one for Democrats… another for the rest of us!

  • Matt says:

    Damn! Hunter Biden got in a month more than most Democrat voters get in a year!

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