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Lindsey Graham Says He Loves Joe Biden As a Person but Investigation Must Continue

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that while he is friends with former Vice President Joe Biden, he has to press ahead with an investigation of Bidens son, Hunter Biden, formerly a board member of Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings that is at the center of a House impeachment inquiry.

“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, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, tweeted Monday morning. “I believe Hunter Bidens association on the Burisma board doesnt pass the smell test.”

On Nov. 21, he sent a letter (pdf) to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seeking documents in an effort to see whether Joe Biden was involved in the sacking of former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin in a bid to end a probe into Burisma when Hunter Biden sat on the board.

Speaking to reporters in South Carolina, Graham also said that Joe Biden “is a really decent man, hes had a lot of tragedy in his life, but I have a conscience very clear right now. And I have a duty, if the House is going to shut it down the Senate is going to pick it up,” The Hill reported.

“Im not saying Joe did anything wrong, but I want to see the transcripts, and if theres nothing there Ill be the first one to say theres nothing there,” he explained. “I believe that Hunter Bidens association on that board doesnt pass the smell test. If a Republican was in the same boat they would be eaten alive by the media.”

Graham was seemingly responding to Bidens recent comments about the senators push for an investigation.

The former vice president and current Democratic presidential candidate said Graham would “regret” the move “his whole life.”

“Lindsey is about to go down in a way that I think hes going to regret his whole life,” Biden told CNN on Nov. 22. “Im just embarrassed by what youre doing, for you. I mean, my Lord.”

Hunter Biden
Hunter Biden
Hunter Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, waits for the start of the his fathers debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky., on Oct. 11, 2012. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo)

“They have [Graham] under their thumb right now. They know he knows that if he comes out against [President Donald] Trump, hes got a real tough road for reelection, number one,” he added.

Graham also requested documents and communications related to Bidens calls with former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in separate incidents in early 2016. Hes also seeking documents and communications about meetings between Devon Archer, a business associate of Hunter Biden, and former Secretary of State John Kerry in March 2016.

During a 2018 Council of Foreign Relations meeting, Joe Biden said he successfully forced Poroshenko in 2016 to fire Shokin, Ukraines top prosecutor, by withholding $1 billion in U.S. aid to the troubledRead More – Source

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