Why Republicans want Hunter Biden to testify in Trump’s impeachment trial

We spoke with law professor Marjorie Cohn about the articles of impeachment launched against Trump, including asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce an investigation against the Bidens in a “patently illegal” abuse of power. “Trump really believed that because we have been so good to Ukraine, Ukraine owes us. He really doesn’t understand how foreign policy works,” Cohn says. “It is all about making the business deal, making himself look good.” As the impeachment trial continues, many Democrats are still hopeful that witnesses will be called to testify in this historic trial despite Republican pushback. Although Hunter Biden has been cleared of any wrongdoing, his testimony could rattle the hearings and provide Republicans the opportunity to investigate “the appearance of impropriety” as a way of justifying Trump’s actions. What impact could this have on Biden’s presidential campaign? “People will be very defensive of Biden and say, you know, he’s being unfairly attacked, he’s been cleared, he didn’t do anything wrong,” says Cohn. “On the other hand, some people will think, ‘Well, where there’s smoke, there’s fire.’ And this doesn’t look good.”

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