Trump Attorney Sekulow: Biden 'Using His Office--Are the Democrats Talking About That?'

By Susan Jones | September 26, 2019 | 6:11am EDT
President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speak during a meeting in New York on September 25, 2019, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

( - President Trump's personal attorney Jay Sekulow said the Democrats' newly announced “impeachment inquiry,” launched before all the facts were known, is "political theater" that will come to "nothing" in the end.

“The president is conducting his role as commander in chief, and the American people don't deserve this. They don't deserve what's being done," Sekulow told Fox News's Sean Hannity Wednesday night.

Part of what's being done is a shrug -- complete indifference from Democrats and the liberal media -- at former Vice President Joe Biden's quid pro quo with the Ukraine government.

In 2016 then-Vice President Biden threatened to withhold U.S. loan guarantees unless the Ukraine government immediately fired its prosecutor-general who was about to investigate the Ukraine gas company on whose board Hunter Biden sat.

But Sekulow isn’t ignoring it:

Joe Biden, look, the former vice president of the United States, when he was the vice president of the United States, in essence bragged about this, has stated when he was vice president, this prosecutor is gone in six hours or you're going to be losing a lot of money. And that's not an issue for anybody?

OK, that is a quid pro quo. And it just happened to be that his son was engaged in this activity. Whatever that activity was, let me tell you what's not right. The vice president using his office. Are the Democrats talking about that? No.

In fact, what does Senator Murphy say? If you discuss this, if you open up a probe, Ukraine, against the vice president, here you're going to have -- put your financial assistance in jeopardy.

This goes beyond a double standard. But I'm going to tell you, Sean. It was nothing before. It is nothing again.

Sekulow said there is no quid pro quo in Trump's phone conversation with the newly elected Ukraine president.

“Well, let's see what we have,” Sekulow said. “We have a conversation of the president of the United States with another world leader, president of Ukraine, and in that there is no quid pro quo, there's no "I'll do this if you'll do that.' There is no thing of value exchanged. None of that takes place.

"We have political theater."

According to a Sept. 23 report in The Hill:

Earlier this month, during a bipartisan meeting in Kiev, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) delivered a pointed message to Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky.

While choosing his words carefully, Murphy made clear — by his own account — that Ukraine currently enjoyed bipartisan support for its U.S. aid but that could be jeopardized if the new president acquiesced to requests by President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani to investigate past corruption allegations involving Americans, including former Vice President Joe Biden’s family.

Murphy boasted after the meeting that he told the new Ukrainian leader that U.S. aid was his country’s “most important asset” and it would be viewed as election meddling and “disastrous for long-term U.S.-Ukraine relations” to bend to the wishes of Trump and Giuliani.

"I told Zelensky that he should not insert himself or his government into American politics. I cautioned him that complying with the demands of the President's campaign representatives to investigate a political rival of the President would gravely damage the U.S.-Ukraine relationship. There are few things that Republicans and Democrats agree on in Washington these days, and support for Ukraine is one of them," Murphy told me (reporter John Solomon) today, confirming what he told Ukraine's leader.


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