Twice-impeached and disgraced former President Trump spoke for two hours at the Conservative Political Action Conference. CPAC’s chairman, Matt Schalpp, has been accused of groping a male Herschel Walker staffer’s crotch. Apparently Trump is lying or delusional again. This is gonna be a long campaign.
Biden and a Ukrainian prosecutor
Trump claimed that Biden, as vice president, held back “billions” from Ukraine until the country fired a prosecutor who was “after Hunter” and a company that was paying him. Trump was referring to Hunter Biden who sat on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings.
Biden, as vice president, was carrying out the policy of the US and its allies, not pursuing his own agenda. The Obama Administration threatened to withhold a billion-dollar US loan guarantee if the Ukrainian government did not sack Shokin. This conspiracy theory is ridiculous. CNN fact-checked Trump’s claims at length in 2019.
Daria Kaleniuk, executive director of Ukraine’s Anti-Corruption Action Center, told The Washington Post in 2019: “Shokin was not investigating. He didn’t want to investigate Burisma. And Shokin was fired not because he wanted to do that investigation, but quite to the contrary, because he failed that investigation.” In addition, Shokin’s successor as prosecutor general, Yuriy Lutsenko, told Bloomberg in 2019: “Hunter Biden did not violate any Ukrainian laws – at least as of now, we do not see any wrongdoing.”
Trump’s tired bs is baseless. There has never been any evidence that Hunter Biden was under investigation by the prosecutor, Viktor Shokin. A former Ukrainian deputy prosecutor and a top anti-corruption activist have both said the Burisma-related investigation was dormant when America asked Ukraine to fire Shokin.
Why won’t anyone challenge Trump? The Republican Party is failing America.