Jim Jordan Inadvertently Suggests The Republican Impeachment Inquiry Is Illegitimate
Jim Jordan told Fox News that the impeachment inquiry is based on four "facts". The first three are a prelude to the fourth which is the linchpin in Jordan's argument.
“I think there are four, four key facts, four central facts that are at the heart of this issue,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) told Fox & Friends on Wednesday morning, adding:
The first is Hunter Biden was put on the Burisma board. Second, he was put on that board with no qualifications. Third, Burisma, asked him, can you weigh in with DC to relieve the pressure we’re under from the prosecution, from the prosecutor here in Ukraine?And fourth, Joe Biden did just that. He leveraged our tax money to get the prosecutor fired. And that fourth fact is, is validation of what the confidential human source said in the 1023 form. So that is what is central to this case.
This so called fourth fact, without which the first three amount to a hill of beans in terms of impeachment, is not a fact. It has been debunked over and over for years.
However, there are two big problems with the narrative presented by Trump and Giuliani, according to activists in Ukraine and others.
For one thing, Ukrainian prosecutors and anti-corruption advocates who were pushing for an investigation into the dealings of Burisma and its owner, Mykola Zlochevskiy, said the probe had been dormant long before Biden leveled his demand.
"There was no pressure from anyone from the United States" to close the case against Zlochevskiy, Vitaliy Kasko, who was a deputy prosecutor-general under Shokin and is now first deputy prosecutor-general, told Bloomberg News in May. "It was shelved by Ukrainian prosecutors in 2014 and through 2015," he added.
Activists say the case had been sabotaged by Shokin himself. As an example, they say two months before Hunter Biden joined Burisma's board, British authorities had requested information from Shokin's office as part of an investigation into alleged money laundering by Zlochevskiy. Shokin ignored them.
Kaleniuk and AntAC published a detailed timeline of events surrounding the Burisma case, an outline of evidence suggesting that three consecutive chief prosecutors of Ukraine -- first Shokin’s predecessor, then Shokin, and then his successor -- worked to bury it.
"Ironically, Joe Biden asked Shokin to leave because the prosecutor failed [to pursue] the Burisma investigation, not because Shokin was tough and active with this case," Kaleniuk said.
Ukrainian prosecutors have described no evidence indicating that Biden sought to help his son by getting Shokin dismissed -- and have suggested that they have not discovered any such evidence.
But there is a long list of Western organizations, governments, and diplomats, as well as Ukrainian anti-corruption groups, that wanted to see Shokin fired.
They include the International Monetary Fund, the European Union, the U.S. government, foreign investors, and Ukrainian advocates of reform.
Jim Jordan just pulled the rug out from under his own impeachment inquiry by claiming that these are the four "facts" that justify that inquiry.