Presidential attorney Rudy Giuliani called for an investigation into Vice President Joe Biden for a series of suspicious deals with Ukrainian officials that may have benefited his son, Hunter Biden.
As IJR previously reported, many conservatives questioned Biden’s ethical standards after he bragged about forcing a Ukrainian prosecutor out of office in an off-the-cuff remark about his time taking point on the region during Barack Obama’s presidency.
During a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations, Biden bragged:
“I was supposed to announce that there was another billion-dollar loan guarantee. And I had gotten a commitment from [Ukrainian President Petro] Poroshenko and from [Prime Minister Arseniy] Yatsenyuk that they would take action against the state prosecutor. And they didn’t. […] 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 b***h. He got fired.”
This statement was considered problematic by many because the state prosecutor Biden got fired was investigating the company his son, Hunter, worked for, Burisma Holdings.
Because Biden was leading the Obama administration’s interactions with the Ukrainian government, some have questioned whether he poured a $1 billion into the region on the condition that it benefited his son.
A recent report from the New York Times confirmed that Biden’s son likely benefited from the prosecutor’s termination. Biden’s son, however, denied that he was part of the investigation.
“I have had no role whatsoever in relation to any investigation of Burisma, or any of its officers,” Hunter told the Times. “I explicitly limited my role to focus on corporate governance best practices to facilitate Burisma’s desire to expand globally.”
Despite the Bidens’ denial, Giuliani still wants an investigation.
“I can assure you this all started with an allegation about possible Ukrainian involvement in the investigation of Russian meddling, and not Biden,” Giuliani explained. “The Biden piece is collateral to the bigger story, but must still be investigated, but without the prejudgments that infected the collusion story.”
Giuliani doubled down on his calls for an investigation via Twitter.
https://t.co/FNVj16Hf10 via @nytimes. Biden conflicts are too apparent to be ignored and should be investigated quickly and expeditiously. But the more important question is how deep and how high did the alleged Ukraine conspiracy go?
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) May 2, 2019
While it isn’t yet clear if there will be an investigation into Biden and his dealings with Ukraine, it is clear that supporters of President Donald Trump are going to want to hear more about the suspicious negotiations. Biden is currently the front-runner for the Democratic nomination to take on Trump in 2020.