GOP congressman: Joe Biden isn’t immune from Ukraine scrutiny just because he’s running against Trump

· November 4, 2019  
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Sunday night on Fox News’ Life, Liberty & Levin, Republican Rep. Mo Brooks, Ala., told LevinTV host Mark Levin that former Vice President Joe Biden isn’t immune from his past dealings with Ukraine just because he’s running for president.

During the episode, Brooks and Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., discussed House Democrats’ recent impeachment efforts against President Donald Trump, which center around whether or not Trump engaged in a “quid pro quo” arrangement to get Ukrainian officials to look look into a matter involving Joe Biden in exchange for the release of defense aid.

The issue is the investigation of Burisma — a Ukrainian energy company that formerly employed Biden’s son, Hunter, as a board member. The elder Biden bragged on camera, after he left office, about getting the prosecutor behind that investigation fired while he was vice president.

Levin pointed out that many on the Left seem to be operating under the assumption that simply because Joe Biden is a candidate for president, his actions during the last administration are somehow immune from investigation because it could be seen as election interference.

“It should not work that way,” Brooks responded. “Let’s be clear here about what the Democrat argument is: If you happen to be running for public office against someone that is doing an investigation of you or prompts an investigation of you, you have absolute immunity. That cannot be sound public policy, yet that is exactly what the Democrats are arguing for.”

Brooks continued, “American taxpayers have a right to know whether Hunter Biden was really earning that money or if the purpose of that $50,000 per month payment was to influence American foreign policy through his dad, who happened to be vice president of the United States.”

In an October interview with ABC News, Hunter Biden admitted that he “probably” wouldn’t have gotten the Burisma job if his father weren’t vice president and that the decision to take it was “maybe” a mistake “in the grand scheme of things.”

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Author: Nate Madden

Nate Madden is BlazeTV’s congressional correspondent. Follow him @NateOnTheHill or send tips to nmadden@blazemedia.com.