Those who are already triumphant that the recent Ukraine scandal could usher in the end of the era of Donald Trump, should not be too happy. There is much to suggest that the US President has been pressing massively for Ukrainian President Volodimir Selenski to review the activity of Joe Biden's son for a Ukrainian gas company. With that, the president could have exceeded his powers to find dirty stories about an adversary in the election campaign. The call for impeachment is loud.
But in fact, the whole story could turn out to be a boomerang. It reminds voters that Joe Biden's son Hunter has taken a lucrative position with the Ukrainian gas company Burisma in April 2014, one month after the annexation of Crimea by Russia. Burisma belongs to a Ukrainian oligarch and has its tax domicile in Cyprus.
Lawyer Hunter Biden did not have any special Ukraine expertise or experience in the gas sector and had been released from the Navy Reserve for cocaine use only a few months previously, thanks to an exemption from military training. However, he was the son of the US Vice President, who had previously pushed the Ukraine to more independence from Russia.
He received up to $ 50,000 a month for his services at Burisma, according to The New York Times. What's more, the US Attorney General, who was investigating Burisma at the time, had to leave in 2016 for allegedly being too friendly to Russia and not doing enough to stop corruption in the country. The interchanged public prosecutor's office has found nothing criminal and stopped the investigations against Burisma. The whole thing has a taste.
That does not mean that Trump was not reprehensible when he urged the President of Ukraine to contact his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani directly. But if the Trump critics pounce on the subject now, they must realize that presidential candidate Joe Biden risks at least as much.
The Biden case serves all prejudices that not only Trump voters have toward politicians: that they use their position to enrich themselves and their families. On moral grounds alone, Hunter Biden should not have accepted the post at Burisma, and his father would have had to advise against it. To say now that they never talked about business is a lame excuse.
More: US President Trump is said to have urged the Ukrainian president to review the activity of Joe Biden's son for a Ukrainian gas company.
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