Democrats accuse Republicans of falling for ‘Russian propaganda’ in Biden probe | EUROtoday

Get real time updates directly on you device, subscribe now.

Democratic members of the House Oversight & Accountability Committee accused Republicans of falling for Russian propaganda after Hunter Biden testified behind closed doorways on Wednesday.

Their phrases got here after President Joe Biden’s son Hunter testified behind closed doorways on Wednesday and insisted that “I did not involve my father in my business” and that House Republicans “built your entire partisan house of cards on lies” when it got here to opening an impeachment inquiry into the president.

Republicans have sought to tie the youthful Biden to his father and say that Hunter concerned his father in his enterprise dealings. But Democrats stated that the testimony from the testimony from the youthful Biden confirmed how defective the GOP investigation is.

“I think that the American people deserve better,” Representative Jasmine Crockett of Texas informed The Independent. “They know that they deserve better. They’re going to get better this November when the House flips because it is going to flip. This has been a monstrous waste of tax dollars.”

Ms Crockett stated that Republicans centered on an impeachment inquiry of the president as a substitute of working to maintain the US authorities open. She additionally alluded to Republican members of the Oversight Committee similar to Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia displaying pictures of Hunter Biden bare in hearings.

“The problem is that we’re six months behind on the work that we’re supposed to be doing, because they decided that they wanted to see what was in Hunter’s pants or they decided that they wanted to somehow propagate Russian propaganda,” Ms Crockett stated.

Jasmine Crockett stated investigations into Joe and Hunter Biden represented a ‘monstrous waste of tax dollars’

(Getty Images)

The testimony comes after Alexander Smirnov, a former FBI informant, was arrested and accused of constructing false statements about President Biden and Hunter Biden. Mr Smirnov claimed to have connections with Russian intelligence and was charged with bribery after he allegedly informed the FBI that executives from Ukrainian vitality firm Burisma paid Joe and Hunter Biden $5m every.

Republicans similar to House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan dismissed the arrest of Mr Smirnov and stated it was a double commonplace in comparison with Christopher Steele, who compiled the Steele Dossier about Donald Trump.

“Maybe the guy did lie,” Mr Jordan stated final week throughout the Conservative Political Action Conference simply outdoors of Washington, DC. “But there sure is quite a contrast for, Christopher Steele can give false information about President Trump, and he continues to get paid. This guy, this Mr Smirnov, can give false information, what they’ve said is false information, and he gets arrested. Double standard again.”

But Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, the number-two Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, informed The Independent that the Republicans’ impeachment inquiry stood on shaky floor.

Hunter Biden arrives on Capitol Hill for his behind-closed-doors testimony

(EPA)

“Listen, Republicans set up a whole investigation based on a flimsy account that was connected to Russian intelligence, and once that was exposed, their entire case has fallen apart,” she stated. “And now they’re trying to scramble to grasping for straws and, you know, they’re taking it out on the president’s son.”

Ms Ocasio-Cortez stated that Mr Smirnov’s expenses confirmed how gullible Republicans are and stated that not solely was Mr Smirnov indicted, however different sources had been compromised as nicely.

“The Republican party has decided to proceed with an investigation that is largely based on accounts and individuals connected to Russian intelligence,” she stated. “It’s an abuse of power, period. And frankly, it’s extremely disturbing because it begs the question, who these folks are actually working for.”

Hunter Biden’s testimony got here after he unexpectedly appeared in entrance of the House Oversight Committee when it deliberate to carry him in contempt of Congress.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez highlighted the Russian connections within the Republicans’ investigation

(Getty Images)

Representative Jamie Raskin, the highest Democrat on the Oversight Committee, stated the actual fact Republicans wished Hunter Biden to testify behind closed doorways confirmed they wished to take him out of context.

“They wanted it behind closed doors so they could leak out selective bits of information to distort what he was saying,” he informed The Independentsaying Republicans did the identical with different witnesses.

“I think that Hunter Biden, who has made some terrible mistakes in his life, anchored in his addiction, here, is speaking with absolute clarity and lucidity. His father had nothing to do with his business ventures and was not financially profiting from them and did nothing to render official favors or benefits to his businesses.”

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted in December solely on celebration strains to open an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden. But to this point they haven’t produced the proof they desired within the investigation.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/hunter-biden-russian-propaganda-aoc-b2504416.html