Former Vice President Joe Biden defended his families close ties with the Ukraine on the campaign trail this week; claiming he left office as “one of the poorest men in government.”
“I’ve released 21 years of tax returns. I entered as one of the poorest men in Congress and left one of the poorest men in government, in Congress and as Vice President. I made no money other than my salary,” Biden told Reporters in Ohio.
.@JoeBiden: I left the White House “as one of the poorest men in government” pic.twitter.com/Pnd8s78l6Y
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) October 17, 2019
Biden’s comments come as a former State Department official told lawmakers he raised red flags over the former Vice President’s connection to Ukraine energy companies.
“Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent, who testified behind closed doors before committees spearheading the formal House impeachment inquiry, told congressional investigators that he had qualms about Hunter Biden’s role on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings,” reports Fox News.
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Diplomat told House committees that he flagged Hunter Biden's Ukraine work in 2015 but was brushed off by an aide to then VP Biden.https://t.co/Sub6avorHe
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) October 18, 2019
“The Washington Post first reported details of Kent’s testimony on Friday, which included his concerns that the younger Biden’s role in the company could complicate U.S. diplomatic efforts with Ukrainian officials, and raised the issue of a possible conflict of interest. Kent also testified that he was worried that Hunter Biden’s position would make Ukrainian officials think he was a channel of influence to his father, who was vice president at the time,” adds Fox.
BREAKING: George Kent testified he “had raised concerns in early 2015 about then-Vice President Joe Biden’s son serving on the board of a Ukrainian energy company but was turned away by a Biden staffer, according to 3 people familiar with the testimony.” https://t.co/dsAk6lqRuf
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) October 18, 2019
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BIDEN ON UKRAINE: ‘Want an Example of When a President Abuses His Power… Climate Change’
Former Vice President Joe Biden weighed-in Thursday on the Democrats’ latest push to impeach Donald Trump; bizarrely saying “climate change” is a good example of what happens when a President “abuses his power.”
“If you want to an example of what happens when a president puts his own selfish interests ahead of the national interests — when a president abuses his power — I’d say this is Exhibit A. Want another example? Climate change,” said Biden.
Joe Biden: "If you want to an example of what happens when a president puts his own selfish interests ahead of the national interests — when a president abuses his power — I'd say this is Exhibit A. Want another example? Climate change." pic.twitter.com/rFOq1jfapB
— The Hill (@thehill) October 3, 2019
Biden’s comments come hours after a group of climate activists in London accidentally doused themselves with 475 gallons of “fake blood.”
“BREAKING: @ExtinctionR and @CClimateAction activists use fire engine to spray 1,800 litres of fake blood over the front of the Treasury in London,” posted Occupy London just before the mishap.
BREAKING: @ExtinctionR and @CClimateAction activists use fire engine to spray 1,800 litres of fake blood over the front of the Treasury in London#ClimateJusticeNow #EverybodyNow join #InternationalRebellion on #Oct7 https://t.co/lUjmni0XTx pic.twitter.com/0najkoyd2w
— Occupy London (@OccupyLondon) October 3, 2019
Climate change activists spray red paint at the facade of the British Treasury https://t.co/q0pSQKjeFV pic.twitter.com/xh6691JLsF
— Reuters India (@ReutersIndia) October 3, 2019
Our own Phil Kingston, 83, could be facing prison for this action this morning outside the Treasury.
"The Treasury has been frustrating efforts by other government departments to take action against climate change"
Please pray for him and the others https://t.co/Oi31auJyKN
— Christian Climate Action (@CClimateAction) October 3, 2019
“Four people have since been arrested for criminal damage in relation to the incident,” reports the Evening Standard. “While eventually successful, the operation did not get off to the best start when the climate activists lost control of the hose.”
Read the full story here.
CLINTON RETURNS: Hillary Says 2016 Election Was ‘Like Losing to a Corrupt Human Tornado’
Hillary Clinton re-emerged on television this week to comment on the Democrats’ latest push to impeach President Trump; saying her 2016 election defeat to Donald Trump was like “losing to a corrupt, human tornado.”
“It was like applying for a job and getting 66 million letters of recommendation and losing to a corrupt, human tornado,” said Clinton.
Coming up this #SundayMorning
"It was like…losing to a corrupt human tornado."
Jane Pauley catches up with former First Lady Hillary Clinton and former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton about the book they co-authored, "The Book of Gutsy Women" https://t.co/pnSCfkDZAR pic.twitter.com/C1vSWQPabl
— CBS Sunday Morning ? (@CBSSunday) September 26, 2019
Hillary’s comments come days after she publicly called for Trump’s removal on social media.
“The president of the United States has betrayed our country. That’s not a political statement—it’s a harsh reality, and we must act. He is a clear and present danger to the things that keep us strong and free. I support impeachment,” posted Clinton on social media.
The president of the United States has betrayed our country.
That’s not a political statement—it’s a harsh reality, and we must act.
He is a clear and present danger to the things that keep us strong and free.
I support impeachment.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 25, 2019
The White House released the entire transcript of the President’s private phone conversation with the leader of Ukraine Wednesday; ending days of speculation as more Democrats call for his impeachment.
“Congratulations on a great victory. We all watched from the United States and you did a terrific job. The way you came from behind, -somebody who wasn’t given much of a chance, and you ended up winning easily. It’s a fantastic achievement. Congratulations,” Trump said at the beginning of the conversation.
“You are absolutely right Mr. President. We did win big and we worked hard for _his. We worked a lot but I would like to confess to you that I had an opportunity to learn from you. We used quite a few of your skills· and knowledge and were able to use it as an example for our elections, it is true that these were unique elections,” said Ukrainian President Zelensky.
“The other thing, There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son,. that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it… It sounds horrible to me,” Trump added.
Read the full transcript here.