As IJR previously reported, Biden — in his own words — bragged about withholding aid to Ukrainian leaders if they did not remove a prosecutor from office. Some argue that the prosecutor needed to go because he was corrupt, while other claim Biden wanted him gone because he was investigating his son, Hunter Biden.
Americans learned last week that President Trump suggested that Ukrainian leaders look into the alleged corruption of Biden’s actions during a phone call, the transcript of which Trump released.
Although the transcript doesn’t have a direct quid pro quo outlined and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he did not feel pressured, some Democrats believe Trump withheld aid from a strategic partner in order to dig up dirt on a 2020 competitor and have announced an official impeachment inquiry into the president.
Biden seems to be a key player in these conversations about corruption in Ukraine, but many Democrats have been hesitant to say the investigation should include an examination of his actions as vice president.
As IJR previously reported, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) struggled to explain whether it was ethical for a vice president to have a child on the board of a major foreign company, as Biden did, while leading diplomatic efforts in that region.
Harris similarly struggled to explain why Biden should not be part of this investigation into Ukrainian corruption with U.S. officials.
Watch Harris’s answer below:
VIDEO: @KamalaHarris is asked if she would allow the child of her VP serve on the board of a foreign oil company.
Harris: probably not…I'm not going to be distracted by what this President is trying to play which is a game
— Tim Perry (@tperry518) September 29, 2019
“I think that the problem that we’ve got, again, with this issue is that it’s a distraction from the fact that —. Look, as far as I’m concerned, leave Joe Biden alone. Just leave him alone. On this issue of what this president has done, that has been about corrupting America’s democracy, being in cahoots with the foreign leader to yet again try to manipulate the election for president of the United States.”
When asked if it was “bad judgment” for Biden to allow his son to take a role on a foreign oil company, Harris said, “I’m not going to be distracted by what this President is trying to play which is a game.”
Biden has been the frontrunner for the majority of the 2020 primary campaign season, though Warren has been creeping near the top position in several recent polls.