The Republicans have wanted Hunter Biden to testify from the very beginning. With the impeachment inquiry focusing on the quid pro quo of what Trump may or may not have said on a call with Ukraine, it all stems from what Joe Biden did years ago while serving in the role of Vice President to protect his son, Hunter.
Senator Rand Paul has said that he will force a vote on the Senate floor if necessary. This would bring Hunter Biden and, potentially, other impeachment witnesses favored by the White House to the impeachment trial.
Paul has said that he’s talking about forcing votes on motions within the Trump impeachment trial that would allow Trump to bring some of his own witnesses. The Trump ally and Kentucky Senator has been urging Congress to call Hunter Biden as a witness since he was working at a Ukrainian energy company that was being investigated.
There’s a good reason why Hunter Biden should make it to the stand. The House impeachment inquiry is investigating whether Pres. Trump abused his power by pressuring Ukraine in order to investigate Joe Biden as well as his son Hunter in exchange for military aid. Hunter Biden’s company was being investigated, which meant that Hunter would be investigated as well since he sat on the board. As the tale goes, Joe Biden threatened to withhold billions of dollars of aid from Ukraine unless the prosecutor running the investigation was fired on the spot.
There have been plenty of times where Joe Biden admitted to playing hardball with Ukraine to make it happen. This means that Trump was looking to protect the integrity of the United States. The fact that Biden is a political rival is a simple inconvenience. Before he was a political rival, he was the Vice President of the United States.
Bringing Hunter Biden in for questioning is a must. Why was his company being investigated? Why was there a need for the investigation to go away rather than simply seeing it through? Had Hunter Biden not needed the investigation to end, there would have been no need for his father to interfere, which meant that Trump wouldn’t have had to look into the investigation further. With Hunter Biden being such a key witness to all that the impeachment inquiry is about, it’s absolutely necessary for him to sit down and testify. And his father, Joe Biden, needs to be part of the witness list as well. The House Dems are just trying to protect him for fear of what may come out.
Mitch McConnell, Senate majority leader, has already urged Republicans to limit divisive votes to bring in witnesses. However, Senators want to offer their own amendments on the impeachment resolution. Many Republicans are also looking for the Senate to call for the whistleblower to testify.
Rand Paul told reporters on Thursday that he believes that Pres. Trump should be able to call his own witnesses. One of the reasons for this is to make sure that the president gets his full due process.
Part of a due process means being able to make sure that everything is fair and that the person being accused gets all legal rights owed to them. This is where the House Dems don’t seem to be following all aspects of the law. They want to limit the rights to Trump because they’re looking to get him out as quickly as possible. They don’t want to give him a chance to fight back because, in their eyes, he’s already guilty. Luckily, there are Senators, like Paul, who want to make sure that Trump gets the due process, even if it means fighting the Senate to get it.
In order for the vote to go through, it needs a majority. This would mean that Democrats, as well as a few Republicans, can turn down the vote. Getting the vote may be difficult, even though the GOP holds the Senate. This is because there are many GOP senators who are facing reelection. They want to do their best to balance Trump’s support along with appealing to independent voters. This means that they may not vote in favor of what Rand Paul is trying to do simply because they don’t want to rock the boat.
Senator John Cornyn of Texas said that there is probably going to be a bipartisan concession to keep the trial as short as possible. Otherwise, there is a risk that it is going to go on and on. Cornyn reminded everyone that the entire process needs to be taken seriously.