Feb 3, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Biden says he could still work with Republicans despite impeachment attacks

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Former Vice President Joe Biden told NBC's "Today" that President Trump's impeachment trial hasn't "shaken" his faith that he will be able to work with "at least some" Republicans if he's elected president, adding, "I think you're going to see the world change with Trump gone."

Why it matters: Trump's legal team and a number of Republicans have sought to use the trial to scrutinize Hunter Biden's position on the board of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma, arguing that the president had a legitimate reason to pressure Ukraine into investigating the Bidens.

  • Some Republicans had even demanded that the Bidens be called to testify if a Senate vote to call White House officials as witnesses succeeded.
  • Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) on Sunday also told Bloomberg that there could be an immediate push to impeach Biden over his actions in Ukraine if he's elected, despite there being no evidence of wrongdoing.

What he's saying: "My hope is he won't be majority leader anymore," Biden said when asked if he could still work with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

  • When pressed about his son's work, Biden said, "No one's found anything wrong with his dealings with Ukraine, except that they say it sets a bad image."
  • Biden denied that Hunter Biden took the position because Burisma wanted "access" to the Obama administration, claiming, "You're saying things you do not know what you're talking about. No one has said that — who said that?"

Hunter Biden admitted in an interview with ABC News in October that he probably wouldn't have been named to the board if his father wasn't vice president.

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Treasury Department complying with GOP requests for Hunter Biden review

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Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley (Iowa) and Ron Johnson (Wis.) announced a review on Wednesday of "potential conflicts of interest posed by the business activities of Hunter Biden and his associates during the Obama administration."

Why it matters: The announcement came roughly one hour after the Senate voted to acquit President Trump on both articles of impeachment. Trump's request for Ukraine to investigate Hunter and Joe Biden over unsubstantiated corruption claims is ultimately what sparked his impeachment.

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Impeachment aftershocks: GOP considers Biden, Ukraine probes

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President Trump has been acquitted, but now Democrats — and Republicans — are seriously considering returning to battle over Ukraine with new waves of document and witness subpoenas.

What we're hearing: Many House Democrats want to pick up where the White House stonewalled them during impeachment. That could include renewed moves to seek John Bolton's testimony if he doesn't go public soon, while several Senate Republicans are contemplating investigations of Burisma, the Bidens and more.

Lindsey Graham says DOJ is receiving Ukraine information from Giuliani

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that he spoke to Attorney General Bill Barr on Sunday and that the Department of Justice has "created a process" to receive and verify information that Rudy Giuliani gathered about the Bidens in Ukraine.

Why it matters: The House impeached President Trump for allegedly abusing his power to coerce Ukraine to investigate his political rivals. Graham's suggestion that the Justice Department may now be receiving information on the Bidens from the president's lawyer — whose activities in Ukraine helped set off the impeachment inquiry — would be a significant development.

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