Joe Biden traveled to Ukraine, and his son with a cocaine habit ends up with a $60,000-a-month job on the board of an energy company seeking America’s help with ending investigations into its dealings even though the president’s son with the coke habit has no experience with energy or Ukraine.
But implying something might be fishy here is nothing but partisan attacks, according to the mainstream media.
“The Ukraine story has spurred Democrats to announce a formal impeachment inquiry of President Trump, and with those developments has come a noted rise in support for impeaching Trump,” Aaron Blake of the Washington Post wrote in a piece about how the contretemps is playing in the polls.
“But there remains considerable uncertainty among the American public about the Democrats’ underlying Ukraine accusations, according to a new poll. And importantly, a plurality seems to be internalizing Trump and his personal attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani’s dubious claims of potential wrongdoing by Joe Biden.”
Blake then recites poll numbers that show a majority of Americans don’t buy that Trump pressured the Ukrainian president or made any promises. “Part of the reason for that low number is that many people simply haven’t consumed the news,” Blake wrote.
The New York Times, in a story about whether the president would cooperate with a probe by Congress into his call with Ukraine and a document of now-questionable origin the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence put forth as a whistleblower complaint, mentioned that Steven Linick, the State Department’s inspector general, gave the committee documents yesterday, most of which were “related to the unsubstantiated accusations about Mr. Biden and his son that were at the heart of the president’s pressure campaign.”
There is substantiation in the form a video of Biden bragging about forcing out a prosecutor who was looking into the company that gave Biden’s son the $60,000-a-month board seat.
USA Today endorsed the Democrats’ line that Biden forced Ukraine to fire the prosecutor not to protect his son but because the prosecutor refused to go after public corruption cases. It says the claim Joe Biden “strong-armed the Ukrainian government to fire its top prosecutor in order to thwart an investigation into a company tied to his son, Hunter Biden,” was not true.
“Sources ranging from former Obama administration officials to an anti-corruption advocate in Ukraine say the official, Viktor Shokin, was ousted for the opposite reason Trump and his allies claim. It wasn’t because Shokin was investigating a natural gas company tied to Biden’s son. It was because Shokin wasn’t pursuing corruption among the country’s politicians, according to a Ukrainian official and four former American officials who specialized in Ukraine and Europe.”
But Shokin told Rudy Giuliani in a meeting in January that he was investigating the company with which Hunter Biden was associated but his “investigations stopped out of fear of the United States.”
“Mr. Shokin attempted to continue the investigations but on or around June or July of 2015, the U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey R. Pyatt told him that the investigation has to be handled with white gloves, which according to Mr. Shokin, that implied do nothing,” Giuliani’s notes from the interview stated. “The notes also claimed Shokin was told Biden had held up U.S. aid to Ukraine over the investigation.”
Time’s story, headlined “How Trump’s Obsession With a Conspiracy Theory Led to the Impeachment Crisis,” included this passage:
“…Shokin later wrote a damning 12-page statement accusing Biden of abuse of power during his tenure as vice president. ‘I was forced to leave office, under direct and intense pressure from Joe Biden and the U.S. administration in order to stop an investigation of the company where Hunter Biden worked,’ Shokin wrote
“That account has not stood up to scrutiny. Top officials in the U.S. and Ukraine, as well as independent experts and investigative journalists, have confirmed that Shokin was fired for his alleged corruption, and the investigation of Hunter Biden’s company was dormant at the time.”