Trump and his Administration report being concerned about Hunter Biden serving on the board of Burisma, a Ukraine oil company, while his father Joe Biden was Vice-president. Although it is ethically questionable behavior for Hunter to have done this, there is no evidence of wrongdoing by either Hunter or Joe Biden. Trump engaged Rudy Giuliani, AG William Barr, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and a cast of nefarious characters to try to get Ukraine to investigate the Bidens, claiming grave concern about their corrupt behavior. However, as is familiar with Trump, an explanation for his actions was not logically thought out. Why would a president ask a country he believes to be corrupt to conduct an investigation of an American citizen to look for corruption? These actions expose the level of lying. Trump engages in abuse of his power for personal and political gain.

Trump-appointed Republican State Department officials who came forward during the impeachment inquiry to expose the Ukraine scheme by Trump and his cronies. They were so alarmed by the inappropriate actions by the Administration they defied the presidents attempt to block their testimony. These patriots risked their jobs and the wrath of an unstable president to protect the integrity of our elections and our democracy.

There is also hypocrisy in Trump’s criticism of Hunter Biden serving on the board of Burisma. His daughter Ivanka has negotiated 5-10 new trademark deals with China while her father negotiates a trade deal with that country. Political ethics experts, such as former President George Bush’s ethics counsel Richard Painter report Ivanka’s business dealings in China, present a severe conflict of interest for the United States. Trump views behavior as right if it benefits him or his family. He will display the same behavior as wrong when it applies to an opponent. For example, Trump disparaged Obama for the frequency of his golf outings, yet views the number of his own golf days ( which far outnumber Obama’s) as perfectly fine. Because he sees himself as having unlimited, unchallenged, presidential power, he believes anything he does is acceptable. The colluding that Republicans are engaged in should disqualify them for elected office.

The Republican party is following Trump’s lead on hypocrisy. During the Clinton impeachment trial, Senator Lindsey Graham argued for the importance of witnesses to appear. However, in Trump’s impeachment trial, he is arguing that witnesses should not be allowed. Many Republicans complained about a lack of due process for the President during the impeachment inquiry. Yet, they support ignoring subpoenas and withholding evidentiary documents in the investigation of the president. Hypocrisy is dishonest and narcissistic. It damages the integrity and trust of any discourse. All Americans must see hypocrisy as dangerous and unacceptable.

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