Sen. Lindsey Graham’s request for documents to be released pertaining to the Bidens and the Ukraine has been criticized by members of the left and Biden himself for supposed hypocrisy over Graham, who has made positive comments about Biden’s character in the past, looking into the Ukraine deal.
But, Graham just turned the tables on them!
The Republican senator took to Twitter to make it clear that the Bidens will not get a “pass” to the “conflict of interest” since Hunter’s dealings with Burisma, in his words, don’t “pass the smell test.”
He also noted that it was leftists, not him, being hypocritical, noting that if Biden were a Republican, he’d surely be investigated!
Here’s Graham’s tweet to read yourself:
Lindsey Graham seems to be referring to Joe Biden's claim that Graham is going to "regret" investigating the Biden-Ukraine affair "his whole life," and Biden and crew's attempt to use Graham's past friendship with him as a Get Out Of Jail free card.
But, Graham says his past comments about Biden as a person are not going to get in the way of his investigation into something that clearly needs to be investigated.
Fox News has more to say about this:
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham on Monday doubled down on his calls for former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, to be investigated by Congress, signaling he is not moved by his friend and former Senate colleague's bitter allegations that the South Carolina lawmaker is being controlled by President Trump.
“I love Joe Biden as a person but we are not going to give a pass to what is obviously a conflict of interest,” Graham said in a Monday morning tweet. “I believe Hunter Biden’s association on the Burisma board doesn’t pass the smell test. If a Republican was in the same position, they’d certainly be investigated!”
The tweet appeared to be in response to comments made during a recent interview with CNN’s Don Lemon. During that interview, Biden said he was “disappointed and quite frankly … angered” because Graham “knows me, he knows my son, he knows there’s nothing to this.” Biden claimed Graham was acting out of fear of opposing Trump and risking reelection.
"Trump is now essentially holding power over him that even the Ukrainians wouldn’t yield to," Biden said, later adding, "I’m just embarrassed by what you’re doing, for you. I mean, my Lord!”
Graham had sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Thursday asking for documents related to contacts between both Bidens and former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
Business Insider also had the following to say:
In a Monday tweet, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said he "loved" former Vice President Joe Biden, but still believed his son Hunter's business dealings in Ukraine "didn't pass the smell test."
"I love Joe Biden as a person but we are not going to give a pass to what is obviously a conflict of interest. I believe Hunter Biden's association on the Burisma board doesn't pass the smell test. If a Republican was in the same position, they'd certainly be investigated!" Graham tweeted.
Graham's comments come a few days after a clip resurfaced of Graham saying Biden was "as good a man as God ever created" and "the nicest person I think I've ever met in politics" in a 2015 interview with the Huffington Post.
Hunter Biden's business activities are currently at the center of the acrimonious impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump being pursued by the House Intelligence Committee.
The impeachment inquiry all started with an anonymous whistleblower complaint lodged by a member of the intelligence community. The complaint said that in a series of events culminating in a July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump had used "the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election."
The complaint detailed concerns that Trump, days after withholding a nearly $400 million military-aid package, used the call with Zelensky to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate the Bidens and a discredited conspiracy theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election.
Hunter Biden served on the board of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian oil-and-gas company, from 2014 to 2019. Trump and his allies have, without evidence, accused Biden of using his power as vice president to urge Ukraine to fire a prosecutor who was investigating Burisma in order to protect Hunter.
Hunter, the eldest of Joe Biden's sons, served on Burisma's board providing legal advice and receiving a reported salary of around $50,000 a month. Burisma was the subject of an investigation from the Ukrainian prosecutor general's office into whether its founder Mykola Zlochevsky engaged in tax evasion, money laundering, and corruption.