As Congressional Democrats continue to push ahead with the impeachment inquiry, Alabama Republicans are increasingly critical of former Vice President and 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden for his alleged activities in Ukraine.
“No family member of a sitting president or vice president should serve on a foreign gas board drawing a salary of $600,000 a year whether in the Ukraine, China or elsewhere,” said Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.
Former State Rep. Perry Hooper Jr. said Democrats moved on impeachment before they had all the facts.
“Pelosi did this before she met the whistleblower and before anybody had read the transcript of the phone conversation between the president of Ukraine and President Trump,” Hooper told APR. “The whistleblower claims have been shown to be untrue! We know what Trump talked about. It’s in the transcript.”
“It was Joe Biden, who in his own speech to the Council on Foreign Relations bragged that he threatened to cancel $1 billion in loan guarantees for Ukraine unless they fired the prosecutor who was investigating the company that was paying his son $600,000 a year for a job that he had absolutely no qualifications for except being the vice president’s son,” Hooper charged. “They fired the prosecutor. It was extorsion plain and simple.”
Hooper Jr. serves on President Donald Trump’s national finance committee as well as the Alabama Republican Executive Committee.
“The Ukrainian call transcript and the whistleblower report contain nothing damning for President Trump,” said Congressman Mo Brooks. “On the contrary, Joe Biden ought to be in deep … trouble. Presidents have the obligation to direct the Justice Department to root out corruption, especially if that corruption reached all the way to the White House.”
“For President Trump to be threatened with impeachment for suggesting that such an obvious impropriety be investigated is not an abuse of power, but his job in dealing with foreign affairs under Article Ii section 2 of the US Constitution,” Moore continued. “This occurred at the same time Vice President Biden was leading the Obama administration’s diplomatic dealings with Kiev.”
Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, told Fox News, “President Trump has taken the extraordinary step to release his call transcripts, and now it is time for Joe Biden to do the same. Biden needs to answer to this: Why was his son paid $50K a month to lobby a Ukraine company and why was the prosecutor fired after starting to look into corrupt trade deals within the company? For months now I’ve been drawing attention to the shady deals between the Bidens and foreign countries, and it is time we get answers on that instead of wasting our time on the impeachment flavor of the week from the Left.”
Biden is currently polling in a statistical tie with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont. There are approximately 20 Democratic presidential candidates vying to be the Democratic nominee against Trump.
“Since Donald Trump’s election we have watched Democrats and the media run from one ‘impeachable’ offense to another hoping that one might stick,” Hooper added. “It has all the appearance of being a punishment in search of a crime.”
“There was no collusion, though not for want of intimidation, fabrication, and round-the-clock hysteria on the part of the media,” Hooper said. “They tried the same thing, twice, against Brett Kavanaugh. Again, nothing. And now they’ve come back with a new effort based on a new supposed scandal — which will turn out to be as phony as the Russian collusion allegations were.”
Congressman Gary Palmer, R-Hoover, said, “The Democrats are attempting to achieve in the political arena what they have been unable to achieve at the ballot box.”
Hooper quoted former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, “This is, in constitutional terms, a coup d’etat. It is an effort by one branch of the government to destroy the incumbent president of the United States without any regard for the facts.”
Trump has used similar rhetoric.
“As I learn more and more each day, I am coming to the conclusion that what is taking place is not an impeachment, it is a COUP,” Pres. Trump said on Twitter.