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Columnist nails Republicans for only caring about Hunter Biden now that his father is running for president

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One of the critical questions that must be answered by Republicans, according to one Washington Post columnist, is why they didn’t care about Hunter Biden’s position at Burisma for so many years.

In a Sunday piece, James Downie asked why Republicans didn’t do anything about Hunter Biden five years ago when it was first revealed that vice president’s son was on the board of a Ukraine energy company. The House and the Senate were being run by Republicans until this year. They haven’t had problems with other partisan investigations against high-profile leaders. There were ten investigations into the Benghazi attacks, three hearings, 29 witnesses, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified for 11 hours. Yet, it was only after Joe Biden announced he was running against President Donald Trump that Republicans discovered an issue.

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Downie cited Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), who told CNN’s Dana Bash that he didn’t know about Biden until Trump decided to investigate, despite the information being publicly available and reported on.

“But Hunter Biden’s position wasn’t just squirreled away in regulatory filings or some other bureaucratic nook,” wrote Downie, citing The Post, Politico, the AP, the BBC, and so on, for reporting the story. When the elder Biden went to Ukraine the following month, there were even more stories. Regardless of the position Republican excuses, it doesn’t look good. Either Republicans are confessing that they were asleep at the wheel and incapable of doing their jobs, or it didn’t matter to them until Biden became a presidential candidate.

“And you know what you won’t find when you read that old coverage?” Downie asked. “Republican leaders calling for investigations. The same people who were ready to investigate President Barack Obama if he hiccuped at the wrong time didn’t deem Hunter Biden a concern. Those silent included the current president. Trump, never one to shy away from criticizing the Obama administration, said not one word about Hunter Biden while his father was vice president. Yet Republicans now want us to believe that Trump’s extortion attempts were really about concern over Burisma? Give us a break.”

He noted that the sudden outrage “especially pathetic” is that the GOP was investigating everything they could during the Obama administration. While nothing Hunter Biden did was illegal and there is no evidence Burisma got anything from the Obama administration, the GOP still couldn’t have launched an investigation. There were government watchdog groups and mainstream media outlets concerned about the ethics of the move. Conservatives, however, were more focused on Biden’s discharge from the Navy for cocaine use.

If the GOP was actually concerned about corruption in Ukraine, they had five-plus years to say something. In fact, the president has had three years to do something about corruption in Ukraine if it was such a big concern of his.

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“That they’re only now speaking up proves perhaps as well as anything that the president’s pressure on Ukraine was about nothing but extorting a foreign country to interfere in U.S. politics for Trump’s political benefit,” Downie closed. “And Meadows’s pitiful answer shows just how badly Republicans struggle to rebut that line of questioning. More Republicans should face it.”

Read the full column at The Washington Post.

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Trump’s legal team is going to be ‘scrambling’ to respond to the Democrats’ case: Law professor

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ABC News contributor and law professor Kate Shaw, who served in the Obama White House, said Thursday that President Donald Trump’s lawyers are going to be “scrambling” to respond to the impeachment case Democrats are putting forward in the Senate.

“I think they’re trying to figure out how to respond to what was a pretty powerful presentation today, in particular by Chairman [Jerry] Nadler, on the Constitution and the law,” she said of the Trump legal team. “He cites founding documents; the previous impeachments, both presidential and judicial impeachments, scholarly consensus, consensus by a lot of players, right? All the constitutional law professors who testified in the House, and then, of course, many members of the president’s team, all seem to say abuse of power is under some circumstances enough to warrant impeachment and removal.”

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Genocide expert breaks down how all of the ‘warning signs’ are present in Trump’s America

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Defense research scientist and genocide expert Brynn Tannehill laid out a terrifying warning on Thursday about President Donald Trump's administration.

As the United States Senate conducted an impeachment trial for the commander-in-chief, Tannehill posted an extended Twitter thread examining the situation in America from her perspective as a researcher studying the conditions that lead to genocide.

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I study genocide. It's been a theme in my academic endeavours for nearly 30 years. More accurately, I study the conditions in the lead up to genocide, be they cultural, social, political, economic, etc... 1/n

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Year of Rat hails easy ride for Donald Trump — but bumps for Harry and Meghan

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As the world prepares to welcome the Year of the Rat, feng shui masters predict a lucky year for Donald Trump, but warn Harry and Meghan's futures are less certain as they make a bid for freedom.

Both the US President and the Sussexes have begun 2020 with a bang.

The former is facing down an impeachment trial -- and seeking re-election in November -- while the latter are beginning a new chapter in Canada after consciously uncoupling from the gilded but pressured career of being a working British royal.

But if experts in the field of Chinese horoscopes are to be believed, it is the US president that will have the easier journey this year.

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