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HORIST: Not calling Hunter Biden as witness is an obstruction of justice

HORIST: Not calling Hunter Biden as witness is an obstruction of justice

If there was any doubt as to the necessity of having former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, called as a witness before the House Intelligence Committee, it should have ended with the testimony of the first day of public hearings.

The only conceivable issue leading to impeachment – and it is a very dubious one, at that – involves President Trump’s motivation for including the Bidens in his request to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to aggressively pursue investigations of corruption on a grand scale.

It has never been just about the Biden activities.  Ukraine has been considered one of the most corrupt nations in the world – attested to by George Kent and William Taylor — the first two witnesses in the Democrats impeachment inquiry.

The issue is very simple.  If – as Democrats charge – Trump wanted the overall investigation of Ukrainian corruption to include the Bidens in order to benefit his 2020 campaign, Trump could be accused of self-dealing for political purposes.  If – on the other hand – Trump included the Bidens in the overall investigation of corruption because there were legitimate concerns about the role of Hunter Biden’s association with a known corrupt energy company, Burisma, and the known corrupt oligarch, Mykola Zlochevsky — who hired Biden – then the call for investigation would not only be legitimate, but obligatory.

While Democrats keep talking about Trump’s references to the Bidens in terms of investigating Ukrainian corruption, they fail to note that Trump’s many references to corruption went far beyond the Bidens.  They were just one facet of an overall concern.  It is easily arguable that Trump was following the United States’ longstanding policy of ferreting out Ukrainian corruption wherever it is found.

Trump’s emphasis also involved PAST actions – nothing related to the 2020 election.  That is significant.  The fact that Joe Biden is a candidate for president is only coincidental to the purpose of encouraging Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to undertake investigations to root out pervasive corruption.  That has been a bedrock of American foreign policy for decades – and that is what Zelensky has promised to do.

In order to ascertain Trump’s motivation, it is necessary to better understand the role of Hunter Biden.  Was he complicit in the corruption that prevailed for the five years he served on the board of Burisma?

Republicans and Democrats raised the name of Hunter Biden throughout the first day of the hearings.  One witness, George Kent, even testified that his concern was so great over Hunter’s role in Burisma that he warned the then Vice President that it created minimally an “appearance” of conflict of interest for Joe Biden – who was assigned to oversee Ukrainian issues by President Obama.  He further testified that he did not receive any response to his warning.

The role of Joe Biden now demands investigation since he proudly withheld billions of dollars of much-needed aid to the war-torn nation in order to secure the firing of a corrupt Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating Burisma – and might have been looking into the Hunter role.  The fact that he was a corrupt prosecutor who had to go does not change the fact that Pappy Joe derailed an investigation of a company in which his son played a major role.

Under American law, aid may not be sent to foreign nations if there is evidence of pervasive official corruption.  Since Zelensky is a new player, it is reasonable and responsible for an American President to get assurances that the new President WILL fulfill his promise of reform – in other words do the necessary investigations.  Temporarily holding aid until Trump could gain such assurances from the new Ukrainian President is prudent.

Democrats have made the Bidens central to their claim of abuse of power.  At the same time, they refuse to honor a Republican request to subpoena Hunter.  Connect this to Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s refusal to allow the Republicans to subpoena the whistleblower and you have a rigged hearing – a Kangaroo Court, so to speak.

As we ponder the Democrats’ refusal to call Hunter, let us remind ourselves of a few facts.

Hunter joined Burisma in 2014 – fresh out of the Navy.  He has no experience in Ukrainian affairs.  He had no experience in the energy sector – Burisma’ s primary business.  He had a troubled past of alcoholism, drug abuse and other messy stuff.  He was paid an extraordinary amount of money – between $50 and $80 thousand dollars a month for a part time job that never required he travel to Ukraine.  His only activities of record were to arrange a meeting with high-level State Department officials for the corrupt oligarch.  Hunter served on the board of Burisma during the last five years of the corrupt administration of former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

Now that all these questions have been officially raised by the Democrats as determinative in the impeachment process, Hunter Biden MUST come and testify.  If Chairman Schiff uses his power to thwart such an appearance, he will essentially be guilty of obstructions of justice – guilty of the same thing of which he accuses the Trump White House.

So, there ‘tis.

About The Author

Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

20 Comments

  1. Dominick Colangelo

    Great Article!
    Interesting facts.

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  2. Connie

    Thank you. I have said from the beginning of this that the fact that Joe Biden is a presidential candidate opponent is NOT the issue. It is a coincidence. We have not heard a word from the Democrats about Crowdstrike that President Trump also wanted investigated. Is there a coincidence in that? Is Crowdstrike such a big deal that this is how they deflect?

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  3. David Barron

    Not only should Rep Adam Schiff be investigated and charged with Obstruction of Justice but SOTH Nancy Pelosi should also be investigated and charged as such. The over all goal for the pathetic Democratic leadership is to pull down the POTUS and put fear into the Americans so they think twice about voting for a POTUS who has made America better for then economically, job wise, hiring more and making more, bringing home industry that the Democrats chased away, securing our borders better, and rooting out the swamp corruption that has festered into a boil in Washington DC. President Trump does not care what political affiliation the swap is, he wants it exposed and ended. Has any red blooded American got a problem with that? If the Biden’s are indeed part of the Corruption of ripping off foreign governments with threats of withholding aid and then getting a family member to receive part of the aid back into their accounts for doing nothing, then it should be exposed. There is NO excuse for not exposing it and letting Americans know exactly how certain individuals really act and work. Joe Biden is not only a crook but he is a pathological liar. Do you really want such a person back in office? He should feel lucky both his son and he are not charged, tried, and sentenced for corruption because the evidence is there, he admitted it, and the Democrats seem to be hiding the facts to protect them. We need a real impartial hearing that is not a political hack job run by corrupt Democrats where a person like Adam Schiff is not receiving his marching orders on what to do and what to say from none other than Hillary R. Clinton. She owns him lock, stock and barrel and it is her goal to destroy President Trump to the point she will feel her Divine Right has finally been reached and will run for a third time to be the POTUS even with her eerily corrupt past. She cannot make her self better so she is set to destroy to the point she is the lesser evil and there for wins by default. Oh what a tangled web she weaves, like a Black Widow spider.

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  4. Poorgrandchildren

    It’s unconstitutional to investigate a Democrat.

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  5. Joe S Bruder

    Hunter Biden is not on trial, and is not a witness to anything to do with Trump’s extortion of Ukraine. It’s a distraction thrown up by Republicans.

    The Ukrainians have said repeatedly that they have no evidence that Biden Jr. or Sr. have done anyting wrong. Republicans held the House and Senate for, what, the last 8 out of 10 years? If they thought it was a problem, why didn’t they investigate it then? And don’t trot out Joe’s “bragging” about getting a prosecutor fired – that was official US position (not to mention also the UN and EU who wanted him out) because the prosecutor was known to be corrupt and wouldn’t prosecute anyone with money.

    Your bio of Hunter is also misleading – he went to Burisma after being in the Navy as an officer, but he wasn’t a kid with no experience. He was also a lawyer, had founded an investment firm, a venture capital firm, a company that invested Chinese capital in other countries, and was on the boards of several non-profits. If he made $50-80K per month, that’s what, less than a million bucks a year… not a huge salary to lead a large energy company. The CEO of McDonalds who was just fired for sleeping with a subordinate was making $22M per year, and got half his salary as severance pay.

    The real obstruction of justice is the white House telling employees that they can’t testify in the impeachment inquiry. If there was nothing to hide, then allow Mulvaney or Bolton or the White House lawyers to testify without making Congress go to court. Or Trump could go under oath and testify, or even answer questions in writing. But we all know that isn’t gonna happen… Trump can’t say two complete sentences without one of them contradicting the other.

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    • John Stewart

      Joe S Bruder – The attempt to link a Board position as equal to a CEO in terms of salary is disingenuous. The two positions are radically different. Note, young Biden left the Navy under cloudy circumstances. And, the official position on foreign aid to a government then, as now, is based on how well that country receiving aid is fighting corruption.

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      • william couch

        John,, jr left the navy, (disarnorably discharged because of his cocain use..

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      • Todd

        If got kicked out of the Navy for his cloud of circumstances. The cloud was cocaine.

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    • David Barron

      Just for giggles lets say Joe Biden did some underhanded trick and used his position to get his son the job which has been talked about. Lets further say that it investigated and everything that has been made an accusation were true. Would it right to use this information to make a decision on if we want Joe Biden as the next POTUS or not? Does a leopard change its spots, does a fish swim in water, does a politician lie? I sure would want to know. So based on that, who should investigate the accusations to see if they are true? Who is in charge right now? See the conundrum?

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    • Todd

      Your delusional. Your ignorance and stupidity is uncanny. A retard could see that the corrupt democratic establishment ( deep state) was protecting him and using Sleepy Joes run for the President to thwart the crimes and any investigation. Biden will pay for his corruption as well as his kid who is just as culpable. Joe Bidens crime was for withholding aid on the premise that the attorney be fired who was investigating the company his son worked for. If you can’t see the crime in that you are one dumb MFr.

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  6. Walt Wegst

    What is happening here is eerily like the Clintons when Hillary was sec. of State. During that time Bill go numerous invitations to give one hour speeches at $250,000 to $500,000 per speech and the Clinton got many multi-million dollar contributions. Now that HRC can no longer give out special treatment to various countries Bill does not get speaking engagements, and the Clinton does not get huge donations. Is this quid quo pro or what?

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    • Joe S Bruder

      The Clintons gave 15 joint speeches between between November 2018 and May 2019. Best seats were selling for $800-1700 each. It may be a far cry from his $750K price back in 2001, but it’s been 20 years since he was President. Second in speech earnings was President Obama for $400K, and GW came in with a paltry 174K speaking fee. By the way, it was Gerald Ford that started the Presidential speaking fee, for $40K after he left office.

      The Clinton Foundation doesn’t get as much as it used to, as the Clintons are not in the limelight these days. However, in 2017 it still took in $26M. Compare that to Trump’s charity – zero income, because it was closed by New York State regulators for being a total fraud. Or you could even say it was negative $2M dollars, since Trump had to pay a $2M fine.

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  7. Beach

    The Demo’s do not want to risk Hunter and Daddy testifying because they are afraid it will prove just how corrupt all these career politicians are. As far as Schiff – yes he should be required to testify as to contact with the no first hand knowledge of anything whistleblower (once again the do not want to testify-because of their corruption)- but then again Schiff has constantly proven over and over that he would not know the truth about anything if it slapped him in the face-all he is capable of doing is lie–

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  8. Jeanette Kelley

    Joe S Bruder – for such a well written individual, it’s sad
    to see you are totally oblivious of the Truth & Facts! You
    will continue to defend and twist the Truth & Facts to help
    your Socialist friends in the Democratic Party! Do you even
    care or realize what these Clintons have done against this
    great Nation of ours? They have enriched themselves off
    the backs of Hard Working American’s and sold America out
    to the Highest Bidder!

    Shiff is a HABITUAL LIAR & has LIED right to the American
    people, and continues to do so every day. If any other person lies
    to Congress or the FBI, their life is virtually over. If your a
    Democrat like Shiff , Pelosi , Nadler, etc you can do and say
    whatever without any penalty! Is this right in our eyes?

    You will continue to rationalize all these Seditious , illegal
    activities because you are so warped in your thinking, you
    would not know or see the Truth if slapped you in the
    face! If you or anyone else really cars about this country
    and where it’s headed, please watch this Documentary:

    ENEMIES WITHIN!

    Please America open up your eyes!

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  10. Robert

    The fact is that what Trump is charged with in the hearings so far has nothing to do with what Bide or his son Hunter did.
    Now if there was suspected criminal actions by either Biden, why was a formal investigation not started in the Justice department in the USA as required by laws of this USA. In fact if Trump was so interested in this why was it not even brought up until Biden announced his run for the job of President of the USA. There is thing in this USA called FACTS IN EVIDENCE, now where are they about the Biden’s just rumors or talking points but not one iota of evidence that either broke any laws of the USA which would result in an investigation.

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  12. Kurt Walker

    The Bidens are being protected because there are several other democrats in the same boat, including Pelosi. She “solicited and obtained” a position for HER son with a foreign government at a salary of $186,000. The deal with Hunter is not only was he “hired” after being dishonorably discharged but he couldn’t speak a word of the language and was placed on a board supposedly making decisions for a company. AND he only had to “show up” once a month if he cared to, which was rare. Then Joe stopped the investigation to protect him and his position. This impeachment amounts to people living in glass houses and throwing rocks. The democrats had a wonderful racket going and when President Trump beat Hillary the wheels came off their wagon. That’s what this all about.

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    • Craig Michael Vandertie

      Many administrations ran by Democratic presidents LBJ and “Bubba Slick Willy’s” for instance were sinfully corrupt but none moreso than that of the foreign enemy Kenyan “Butt Pirate Bathhouse Barry the Osamanator’s” administration.

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  13. Craig Michael Vandertie

    Why even mention calling sonny boy Biden as a Witness, again printing old news, the topic of calling any witnesses has been rendered moot, the trial is over the Senators on the committee determined that which us true patriots already knew, no credible evidence that Trump blackmailed Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky into investigating Joe Biden.

    The fact remains when you are speaking of the mindset of those who adhere to and embrace the principles of which Communistshariazionhasidism are based you do not need reliable evidence you pull your beliefs out of thin air, those of which I refer are members of the Democratic and Rat parties and their disseminators of propaganda if not total deceit LSM commentators and none of them will cease in their relentless lies towards, slander of Trump.

    Not calling witnesses was a major mistake in the part of the Senate committee and Trump’s defense team.

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