Republicans Debate Bringing Joe and Hunter Biden Before Congress
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House Democrats passed a partisan impeachment inquiry resolution last week aimed to outline the procedures in their inquiry moving forward – an inquiry that was never officially authorized by a full House vote. While House Democrats are moving forward with the inquiry under what Republicans say is the guise of transparency, Senate Republicans are quietly preparing for the possibility of a trial in the Senate and weighing if they should call the Bidens as witnesses, if it comes to that point.
Democrats launched the inquiry after a so-called "whistleblower," believed to be Eric Ciaramella, issued a complaint despite lacking firsthand knowledge of President Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. Ciaramella reportedly "interfaced about Ukraine with individuals who played key roles in facilitating the infamous anti-Trump dossier produced by Fusion GPS and reportedly financed by Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee," as Breitbart News reported.
The "whistleblower's" concerns and subsequent reactions from mainstream media outlets and Democrats prompted the White House to release transcripts of the phone call, which Democrats claimed proved quid pro quo. They used it as a catalyst to launch an impeachment inquiry, which they had been itching to initiate but were unable to do after the Mueller report indicated that there was no collusion or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia.
At the crux of the phone call is Trump's concern of the former vice president's actions, who appeared to engage in quid pro quo himself after threatening to withhold $1 billion in aid unless Ukrainian officials stopped a prosecutor's investigation into Burisma Holdings, where Hunter Biden was making $83k per month.
Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and John N. Kennedy (R-LA) reportedly thought of the idea.