Republican raises Biden corruption allegations at Barrett confirmation hearing

Republican raises Biden corruption allegations at Barrett confirmation hearing


A Senate Republican on the Judiciary Committee asked Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett a “hypothetical” involving “foreign corruption” committed by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden when he was vice president.

Sen. Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, didn’t mention Biden by name but was clearly referencing allegations that Biden, while vice president, acted in his official role in the Obama administration to push for the firing of a prosecutor in Ukraine who was targeting an oil company oligarch who employed Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.

“I think it’s only fair that I ask,” Hawley said to Barrett, “whether, hypothetically speaking, just hypothetically, if there were, let’s say, a vice president of the United States who hypothetically had an adult son, who might have a foreign oligarch, who then sold access to his father the vice president, and his father intervened in a case to make sure that oligarch wasn’t prosecuted, would that violate the foreign corruption the constitution

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