Kurt Volker recently resigned after being identified in a whistle-blower complaint that led to the House impeachment inquiry of President Trump. Volker, who was the U.S. Special Representative to Ukraine until resigning, claims he tried to warn Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani that the sources telling Giuliani that Joe Biden pressured Ukraine into firing the prosecutor investigating the Ukrainian natural gas company that employed his son Hunter were unreliable. These sources included Ukraine’s former top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin. And, oddly enough, Joe Biden himself, though he now denies it. Which is itself odd and unfortunate, since he was filmed boasting about doing just that when he was Vice-president under Barack Obama.
On January 23rd, 2018, at the Council on Foreign Relations, the elder Biden said: “And I went over, I guess, the 12th, 13th time to Kiev. And I was supposed to announce that there was another billion-dollar loan guarantee. And I had gotten a commitment from Poroshenko and from Yatsenyuk that they would take action against the state prosecutor. And they didn’t. So, they said they had—they were walking out to a press conference. I said, nah, I’m not going to—or, we’re not going to give you the billion dollars. They said, you have no authority. You’re not the president. The president said— I said, call him. I said, I’m telling you, you’re not getting the billion dollars. I said, you’re not getting the billion. I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. 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 bitch. He got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time.”
Few seem to care, however, that Biden used his lofty position in a corrupt manner to coerce Ukraine into dropping the investigation. Or that he openly bragged about doing so. Or that he now denies the obvious. He’s not Trump, so it doesn’t really matter.
Unreliable Sources? That’s usually Brian Stelter’s bailiwick. It is somewhat humorous that Volker inadvertently labeled Joe Biden himself an “unreliable” source with this attempt to help him. Biden’s gaffe-ridden campaign so far makes it clear that he usually isn’t a credible source of information on just about anything. In this case, however, we’ll believe him.
President Trump may be impeached for a phone call he conducted with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Even though Zelensky himself said Trump never attempted to coerce, threaten, or issue a quid pro quo of any kind. But, say Democrats, don’t listen to him, what would he know? Yet, Joe Biden might still be the Democratic presidential nominee for 2020 even though he is on record proudly making it clear that he did exactly what his party is baselessly accusing Trump of having done.
Such is the sad state of “justice” in America circa 2019.