This weekend, Joe Biden said that the ongoing impeachment follies “haven’t shaken his faith” in working with Republicans. We’ll need to check back with him later and see if that includes Joni Ernst. While Uncle Joe was talking about reaching across the aisle, the Iowa Senator did an interview with Bloomberg News this weekend. In it, she suggested that if Joe Biden somehow wins the nomination and then replaces Donald Trump in the Oval Office, he could potentially face immediate impeachment over his son Hunter’s activities at Burisma in Ukraine.
Iowa Senator Joni Ernst warned Sunday that Republicans could immediately push to impeach Joe Biden over his work in Ukraine as vice president if he win the White House.
“I think this door of impeachable whatever has been opened,” Ernst said in an interview with Bloomberg News. “Joe Biden should be very careful what he’s asking for because, you know, we can have a situation where if it should ever be President Biden, that immediately, people, right the day after he would be elected would be saying, ‘Well, we’re going to impeach him.’”
The grounds for impeachment, the first-term Republican said, would be “for being assigned to take on Ukrainian corruption yet turning a blind eye to Burisma because his son was on the board making over a million dollars a year.”
Burisma is the elephant in the room that most of the media simply hates talking about. Whether or not anything technically illegal was going on remains an open question and one that deserves scrutiny, but at a minimum, it has the stink of nepotism and favoritism wafting up from it. How Hunter Biden, a man with zero experience in the energy industry and who didn’t even speak Ukranian wound up hauling in more than a million dollars a year to sit on their board while his dad was the White House point man on Ukraine is an obvious target for investigation.
Now, with all that said, do I think that the Burisma deal rises to the level of an impeachable offense? Up until the Democrats’ recent antics in Trump’s impeachment, I probably would have said no, unless some more substantial quid pro quo could be documented. The relatives of highly placed politicians becoming wealthy off the backs of their parents’ influence isn’t exactly a new story in American politics.
But now, as Ernst was pointing out without any attempt at subtlety, the bar has been lowered considerably. Of course, all of this was going on while Biden was Vice President, so under the new rules, he should have been impeached back during Obama’s second term. But nobody was talking about this back then the press corps was entirely disinterested in asking rude questions. (Much as they are today when talking about Democrats.)
There was one exception to that rule that popped up over the weekend. Savannah Guthrie amazingly summoned up the courage to ask Biden, “was it wrong for your son to take the board seat knowing that it was really because that company wanted access to you?” Biden managed to somehow keep a straight face when he responded, “That’s not true. You’re saying things you do not know what you’re talking about. No one has said that. who said that?”
It appears that this is the Biden campaign’s playbook from here on out. Whenever anyone brings up Burisma, simply deny everything and pretend it’s all been “debunked.” And most of the MSM is going along with the plan in perfect harmony.