A Republican member of the House Intelligence Committee said on Sunday that the panel should hear testimony from former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, regarding their alleged activities in Ukraine during the Obama administration.
“A lot of this focus is on the Bidens,” Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) said during ABC News’ “This Week” program. “”And this is something that the Democrats hate to talk about.”
“But imagine this. And I think this is such a fair point,” he continued.
“There are dozens of corrupt nations around the world. There are hundreds of corrupt government officials. There is exactly one time where the vice president went to one of these countries out of the hundreds of them and demanded that a specific prosecutor be fired, gave a six-hour time limit for that to happen,” he said.
“And it is the one time that individual was involved with corruption (a corrupt company, Burisma) who was paying his son.”
Video of former Vice President speaking during an event hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations shows him claiming to have threatened to withhold $1 billion in loan guarantees from the Ukrainian government in 2015 if it did not fire a prosecutor who was probing Burisma at a time when the company was paying Hunter Biden more than $50,000 a month to be a board member.
“I told [the Ukrainians], ‘You’re not getting the billion dollars,'” Biden told the gathering.
“We’re leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor’s not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a bitch, he got fired,” Biden added.
Democrats have maintained that the Bidens did nothing wrong in Ukraine.
In the ABC News interview, Rep. Sean Maloney (D-N.Y.) called Stewart’s demand for Biden’s testimony “a continuation of the smear against the vice president, Biden, and his family.”
“Why is it a smear to state the facts?” Stewart countered.
“If you want to have a conversation about how the sons of powerful people or the children of powerful people benefit from their parents’ office-holding, I’m happy to have that conversation,” Maloney shot back.
“And I say we invite Donald Trump Jr., Eric, Ivanka, and Jared to join it.”
“That’d be great. Let’s bring them in, if you will agree that we should bring in Mr. Biden. Would you agree with that, then?” Stewart asked Maloney.
But Maloney demurred.
“We are not going to participate in the ongoing effort to smear Americans who were the target of this presidential abuse of power, Chris,” he said.