President Donald Trump was not infringing on constitutional laws as he asked a foreign leader to investigate corruption in his country, said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
“I believe any president, any Justice Department, has the authority to investigate corruption,” Cruz said Sunday on “Meet the Press,” reported the Washington Examiner. “The reason Hunter Biden got that position is because his daddy was vice president of the United States.”
Cruz was referring to a Ukraine oil and gas company—Burisma Holdings—where Hunter Biden served on its board despite a lack of experience in the industry.
President Trump suggested in his July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that the country investigate Joe and Hunter Bidens’ business dealings there, after it emerged that Joe Biden, the former vice president and current 2020 presidential candidate, had pressured Ukraine to fire its top prosecutor who was investigating Burisma.
The call is now at the center of an impeachment inquiry led by Democrats who have been accusing the president of abusing his power of office and violating his constitutional oath by forcing Ukraine’s leader to investigate his political rivals in exchange for military aid.
Both presidents firmly denied any wrongdoing, with President Trump insisting the call being “perfect” and Zelenskiy stating that he felt no improper pressure during the call.
Hunter Biden joined the Burisma board in April 2014, shortly after his father was tapped as the Obama administration’s chief liaison to Ukraine. Joe Biden in an interview Friday, Dec. 6, claimed that he was never warned about potential conflicts on interest involving his son’s position with Burisma.
“Nobody warned me about a potential conflict of interest. Nobody warned me about that,” Biden told NPR.
However, Biden’s claim conflicted with what a former Obama administration official told The New Yorker earlier this year that he raised concerns about Hunter Biden’s position with the former vice president in December 2015 , reported the Daily Caller.
President Trump said he would seek testimony from the Bidens in the Senate trial should the House Democrats impeach him.
Cruz said Democrats’ impeachment is fueled by their skewed hatred toward the president and it would die in the Senate.
“In the House, they’re going to impeach, not because they have the evidence but because they hate the president. They want to undo the election,” Cruz said. “It’s going to go to the Senate, it’s going to go nowhere, and I think the American people know this is a waste of time and this is Democrats putting on a circus.”