At impeachment trial, Democrats address Biden corruption

At impeachment trial, Democrats address Biden corruption allegations as Graham promises more developments ,

As President Trump’s Republican allies began to make noise Thursday about former Vice President Joe Biden’s role in pressuring  ,the Ukrainian government to fire a corrupt prosecutor, Democrats spent part of their opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial knocking down  ,

The idea that Biden did anything wrong. “The allegations [against Biden] are groundless,” Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, said during her presentation in the afternoon session .

Garcia, who is one of the seven House impeachment managers, spent several minutes going over the facts of what did and did not happen in 2015 when ,

Biden visited Ukraine in his capacity as vice president to former President Barack Obama. Biden told the Ukrainian government in December 2015 . That $1 billion in aid would be withheld if the nation’s top prosecutor at the time, Viktor Shokin,

Republicans have accused Biden of taking this action to help his son Hunter,who at the time sat on the board of a Ukrainian energy company, Burisma Holdings. Trump said in December that Shokin “was digging into the company paying [Biden’s] son millions of dollars.”

Garcia went through the evidence that she said knocks the Republican allegations down,

Including the fact that Shokin was widely reputed to be corrupt. But as she began to address the topic of the Bidens, a Cheshire Cat grin spread across the face of Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.   “Nobody, particularly in your business, has done much looking at what happened in the Ukraine with Hunter Biden,”

“President Trump wanted to hurt Vice President Biden’s candidacy … when it became clear that Biden could beat him,” Garcia said.  It wasn’t until Biden started beating him in the polls that [Trump] called for this investigation.”

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