The Republican National Committee (RNC) slammed Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in a new ad released on Sunday that highlights the allegations surrounding the Biden-Ukraine corruption scandal.
The ad comes on the heels of increased scrutiny surrounding Biden’s actions in getting a Ukrainian prosecutor fired who was investigating Burisma, a company that employed his son, Hunter, while the prosecutor was investigating the company for corruption.
The video start’s with ABC’s Tom Llamas asking the question back in June, “Was Hunter Biden profiting off his dad’s work as Vice President, and did Joe Biden allow it?”
Next, the video transitions into The New Yorker’s Adam Entous saying, “I think there’s two separate issues here. The issue of whether it was wise of Hunter Biden to take this position at Burisma when his father was guiding policy in Ukraine and, you know, the wisdom of Biden and Biden staffers, once they knew that, not to ask Hunter to step down. I think that’s a legitimate subject of scrutiny.”
The next clip is Ian Bremmer, President of Eurasia Group and Editor at Large at TIME saying, “$50,000 a month for Hunter Biden – clearly to be selling influence because otherwise, no one would ever pay him that kind of money – for a company that, frankly, was pretty corrupt and has been before and has been since under investigation … It’s hard to imagine Joe Biden wasn’t aware of it.”
Entous appears again in the next clip with CNN’s Michael Smerconish, where he answers the following question, “Did Vice President Biden know of his son’s role in Burisma when he told Ukraine to fire the prosecutor?”
“At that point, yes, he would have known,” Entous responds.
Then New York Times reporter Ken Vogel appears on MSNBC where he says Hunter’s work for Burisma “is a significant liability for Joe Biden. Like there is a story here.”
Next, Democrat Rep. Vicente González tells CNN: “Look clearly something needs to be cleared up. So yes, of course I would want an explanation on that.”
HBO’s Bill Maher then appears, where says about Biden’s son: “This kid was paid $600,000 because his name is Biden by a gas company in Ukraine, this super-corrupt country that just had a revolution to get rid of corruption. It just looks bad.”
Next, there are a series of clips that show Biden ignoring questions about the corruption scandal.
The final screen reads: “Joe Biden, What are you hiding?”
“While Joe Biden was in charge of the Obama administration’s Ukraine policy, his son was raking in $50,000 a month from a corrupt Ukrainian natural gas company,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement to The Daily Wire. “Biden needs to come clean about this obvious conflict of interest and why he allowed his family to make money off of his government position.”
While the media has suggested that the prosecutor was fired because he was not investigating corruption hard enough, a recent report from The Hill’s John Solomon revealed that legal documents from the case suggest that may not be true:
Hundreds of pages of never-released memos and documents — many from inside the American team helping Burisma to stave off its legal troubles — conflict with Biden’s narrative.
And they raise the troubling prospect that U.S. officials may have painted a false picture in Ukraine that helped ease Burisma’s legal troubles and stop prosecutors’ plans to interview Hunter Biden during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
For instance, Burisma’s American legal representatives met with Ukrainian officials just days after Biden forced the firing of the country’s chief prosecutor and offered “an apology for dissemination of false information by U.S. representatives and public figures” about the Ukrainian prosecutors, according to the Ukrainian government’s official memo of the meeting. The effort to secure that meeting began the same day the prosecutor’s firing was announced.
In addition, Burisma’s American team offered to introduce Ukrainian prosecutors to Obama administration officials to make amends, according to that memo and the American legal team’s internal emails.
The memos raise troubling questions:
1.) If the Ukraine prosecutor’s firing involved only his alleged corruption and ineptitude, why did Burisma’s American legal team refer to those allegations as “false information?”
2.) If the firing had nothing to do with the Burisma case, as Biden has adamantly claimed, why would Burisma’s American lawyers contact the replacement prosecutor within hours of the termination and urgently seek a meeting in Ukraine to discuss the case?
Read John Solomon’s full report at The Hill here.
These once-secret memos cast doubt on Joe Biden’s Ukraine story https://t.co/dz9kpq6MUY
— John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) September 26, 2019