U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is once again distancing himself from the majority of his party, telling MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ on Wednesday, that he believe’s Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, is a “relevant witness” for the Senate’s impeachment trial.
“I think so, I really do,” said Sen. Manchin. “I don’t have a problem there because this is why we are where we are.”
The Senator from West Virginia added that he thinks Hunter Biden can clear his name by testifying. Biden sat on the board of Burisma, Ukrainian gas company, while his father was serving as vice president.
“Being afraid to put anybody that might have pertinent information is wrong, no matter if you’re a Democrat or a Republican,” said Manchin. “And not go home and say, well I protected one…no, if it’s relevant it should be there.”
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) January 29, 2020
In the meantime, Talking Points Memo is reporting that former Ukrainian prosecutor general Viktor Shokin is demanding that Ukraine opens a criminal investigation into Joe Biden. Shokin says that Biden blackmailed him and violated international law by calling for him to be fired from his former post in 2016.
And yet, they argue that when Vice President Biden did it, it was the official U.S. policy to withhold $1 billion unless a single prosecutor was fired in six hours.
“Does anybody here really believe that was or ever could be our United States policy?” pic.twitter.com/irlCSV8u7y
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 27, 2020
Democrats allege President Donald Trump abused his office by directing a pressure campaign on Ukraine to launch an investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden.
Pres. Trump and other Republicans have said that the Bidens actions in Ukraine were corrupt and that they need to be investigated.