Empower Wisconsin | Jan. 30, 2020
By Zachary Evans, National Review and Empower Wisconsin staff
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) on Wednesday said he believes Hunter Biden may be a pertinent witness in the Senate impeachment trial.
“I think so, I really do,” Manchin said when asked on MSNBC’s Morning Joe whether he thought the former vice president’s son was a “relevant” witness. “I don’t have a problem there because this is why we are where we are.”
“I think that he could clear himself from what I know and what I’ve heard,” Manchin went on, “but being afraid to put anybody that might have pertinent information [on the witness stand] is wrong, whether you’re Democrat or Republican.”
The Senate is in the two-day question and answer phase of impeachment, after which it will vote on whether to subpoena witnesses and documents to be used as evidence at the trial. Democrats would like to summon former White House national security adviser John Bolton to testify, however Republicans may then insist on calling Hunter Biden as well as the whistleblower whose complaint set off the impeachment process.
Earlier this week, Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Oshkosh) said Bolton should speak publicly — outside the impeachment trial proceedings — about what he knows about President Trump’s conversations regarding military aid to Ukraine.
Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has been looking into Obama administration conflicts of interest in Ukraine, particularly Hunter Biden’s work as a highly-paid board member of a Ukrainian energy company.
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