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Bidens aren’t the only ones who need investigating

To the editor:

The Sentinel’s Trump-centric viewpoint has become truly wearisome. Monday’s editorial concerning Joe and Hunter Biden is one example. The editorial states that the heart of the impeachment case against the president is the relationship between Hunter Biden and Burisma. This is incorrect: the heart of the case is the fact that the president broke federal law when he requested help from a foreign country, Ukraine, for his political campaign.

If we must discuss the Bidens, here are the facts. (Washington Post) “Trump has falsely claimed that Biden in 2015 pressured the Ukrainian government to fire Viktor Shokin, the top Ukrainian prosecutor, because he was investigating Ukraine’s largest private gas company, Burisma, which had added Biden’s son, Hunter, to its board in 2014. There are two big problems with this claim: One, Shokin was not investigating Burisma or Hunter Biden, and two, Shokin’s ouster was considered a diplomatic victory. Biden was among the many Western officials who pressed for the removal of Shokin because he actually was not investigating the corruption endemic to the country. Indeed, he was not investigating Burisma at the time.

One can certainly raise questions about Hunter Biden’s judgment in joining Burisma’s board at a time his father had a high-profile role in working with Ukraine’s government. However, this diplomatic maneuver was hailed at the time as a step toward containing corruption in Ukraine.

I don’t usually engage in “whatabout-ism,” but it might do the editor of The Sentinel well to look into the number of foreign trademarks that Ivanka Trump has been granted since her father has been in office, including five new ones granted by China in January of this year.

Joan Loewen

Lewistown

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