Republican Report Suggests Hunter Biden, Donald Trump Both Unfit for Office - 2020-09-23
The origin of the Republican-led Senate Homeland Security Committee's investigation of Joe Biden was a conspiracy theory that began in Russia. It held that, when Biden was serving as vice-president, he pressured Ukraine to fire its prosecutor general, Viktor Shokin, in order to prevent a prosecution of a company, Burisma, that employed Biden's son Hunter. In his infamous 2019 phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump outlined the theory: "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."
Today, Wisconsin senator Ron Johnson's committee released the product of its investigation. It has not, in fact, proved this hypothesis or even produced any new evidence for it. Indeed, the report concedes that "the extent to which Hunter Biden's role on Burisma's board affected U.S. policy toward Ukraine is not clear." The unsupported insinuation it began with remains an unsupported insinuation.
There's no doubt that Burisma had sought to influence Biden by paying Hunter off with a suspiciously generous position and that Hunter actively participated. It is also true that some members of the Obama administration knew about Hunter's position and considered it awkward.