Conspiracy Theory

Republicans Also Called for Replacing Ukraine’s Former AG

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The conspiracy theory, according to Trump and his Republican enablers, is that former Vice President Joe Biden pressured former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to replace Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin because he was investigating a natural gas company connected to Biden's son, Hunter Biden, who sat on the board of the company.

The theory has been debunked a dozen times over already and, as it turns out, Biden was not alone in urging Poroshenko to make a change.

A group of Senate Republicans co-signed a letter along with Senate Democrats calling for a change.

The 2016 letter, sent by members of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, was signed by Republican Sens. Rob Portman, Mark Kirk and Ron Johnson, as well as Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin, Jeanne Shaheen, Chris Murphy, Sherrod Brown, and Richard Blumenthal and focused on longstanding issues of corruption in Ukraine and urged reforms of the government.

"Succeeding in these reforms will show Russian President Vladimir Putin that an independent, transparent and democratic Ukraine can and will succeed," the letter reads. "It also offers a stark alternative to the authoritarianism and oligarchic cronyism prevalent in Russia. As such, we respectfully ask that you address the serious concerns raised by Minister Abromavičius. We similarly urge you to press ahead with urgent reforms to the Prosecutor General's Office and judiciary. The unanimous adoption by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Basic Principles and Action Plan is a good step."

Kirk is no longer in Congress. But Johnson signed onto a letter with Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley last week to Attorney General Bill Barr asking him to investigate, in part, allegations surrounding Biden and Ukraine. Johnson's office did not respond to a request for comment. Portman's office did not comment.

The only sure things in life are death, taxes, and Republican hypocrisy.

  • muselet

    The Rs noisily backing Donald Trump’s ridiculous conspiracy theory about Joe and Hunter Biden know full well they’re peddling nonsense. They’re out to rough up the leading D candidate, no more and no less.

    Even one of the dimmer bulbs in the candelabra, Jim Jordan, knows it. On Sunday he repeated the Rs’ talking points over and over, as if by sheer force of repetition they would begin to make sense. Watch the (mercifully short) video; that’s not the behavior of someone who genuinely believes his own story.

    It’s hypocritical, but it’s politics as blood sport, which seems to be the R brand right now.

    –alopecia

  • gescove

    “The only sure things in life are death, taxes, and Republican hypocrisy.” Amen.