Nadler: Hunter Biden Not a Relevant Impeachment Witness
Written by Luis Miguel
Moments after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced the impeachment managers who will prosecute the case against President Trump, Democrats and Republicans sparred about the calling of witnesses, most notably Hunter Biden, to testify in the Senate trial.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), who was selected as one of the House managers, balked at the notion of calling the son of former Vice President Joe Biden to testify, arguing that the 49-year-old is not a “relevant” witness.
“The relevant question is relevance. In any trial you call witnesses who have information about the allegations, about the charges,” Nadler told reporters on Wednesday. “The allegations, for which there is a mountain of evidence, is that the president betrayed his country by trying to extort Ukraine by withholding $391 million in military aid that Congress had voted in order to get Ukraine to announce an investigation of a domestic political opponent — that is the allegation.”
Nadler went on to say, “Any witness who has information about whether that is true or not true, is a relevant witness. Anybody, like Hunter Biden, who has no information about any of that, is not a relevant witness.”
He concluded: “Any trial judge in this country would rule such a witness as irrelevant and inadmissible.”
The judiciary committee chairman did not mention that it was not merely Joe Biden, but Hunter, whom President Trump requested that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky look into — a request that is at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.
President Trump asked his Ukrainian counterpart to probe the Bidens due to the former vice president’s public admission that he threatened to withhold $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine in 2014 if that country’s president did not fire prosecutor Victor Shokin, who was investigating natural gas company Burisma Holdings at a time when Hunter Biden was on Burisma’s board making over $50,000 a month.
Ukrainian parliamentarian Andrey Derkach, with whom Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani has met, has claimed to have evidence showing that Joe Biden himself received $900,000 in lobbying fees from Burisma and that the money was funneled through the private equity firm Rosemont Seneca Partners, co-founded by Hunter Biden and Christopher Heinz, the stepson of former Secretary of State John Kerry.
The clash over Hunter Biden and other potential witnesses comes as Democrats and Republicans debate whether new witness testimonies will be sought in the Senate.
Pelosi stalled on sending the two articles of impeachment to the Senate for weeks in a bid to secure a commitment on witnesses from the Senate’s Republican leadership. Democrats’ main interest, however, is in hearing from top administration officials who can support the accusation that the president withheld military aid from Ukraine until it met the condition of investigating the Bidens — an allegation Zelensky himself has repeatedly denied.
Republicans have not yet made a witness commitment but have said that a new set of testimonies would give them the opportunity to call witnesses of their own, including Hunter Biden.
During the House inquiry, Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), Oversight Committee ranking member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), and Foreign Affairs Committee ranking member Michael McCaul (R-Texas) all put the younger Biden on their lists of proposed witnesses, though in each case their witness requests were not approved.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated that he would wait until after the start of the trial to take up the issue of witnesses. He suggested to reporters on Tuesday that both parties could potentially call preferred witnesses.
“We will be able to go through some preliminary steps this week … which would give us the ability to start the actual trial next Tuesday,” McConnell said. Asked about the possibility of calling Hunter Biden, McConnell responded, “I can’t imagine only the witnesses our Democratic colleagues want to call would be called.”
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) floated the idea of “witness reciprocity,” which would entail Republicans calling a desired witness of their own for every witness Democrats want.
Pelosi signed a resolution on Wednesday sending the impeachment articles to the Senate. The seven impeachment managers she selected were Nadler, Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeen Jeffries (D-N.Y.), Jason Crow (D-Colo.), Val Demings (D-Fla.), Sylvia Garica (D-Texas), and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.).
Pelosi, who at the signing of the resolution was seen smiling as she handed out pens branded with her name, said impeachment is “a very serious matter and we take it to heart in a really solemn way.”
“The president is not above the law,” she added. “He will be held accountable. He already has been held accountable. He has been impeached and you can never erase that.”
Luis Miguel is a writer whose journalistic endeavors shed light on the Deep State, the immigration crisis, and the enemies of freedom. Follow his exploits on Facebook, Twitter, Bitchute, and at luisantoniomiguel.com.
Courtesy of The New American