One of the driving forces behind the unsuccessful impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1998 insists a similar move to impeach President Donald Trump "will ultimately lead to the Biden family and destroy Joe Biden's presidential candidacy."
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., voiced this view to Newsmax on Wednesday morning, less than 24 hours after current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, R-Calif., announced the impeachment process of Trump would begin in the House.
"Impeachment became a loser for us in 1998, and the polls already indicate it will be a loser for the Democrats in 2020," Gingrich told Newsmax.
Any impeachment probe dealing with Ukraine would, he predicted, lead to former Vice President Biden and his son Hunter.
In April of 2014, Gingrich noted, "the vice president made a trip to Kiev to meet with high-level Ukrainian officials. As a result, the U.S. and the International Monetary Fund committed up to $1 billion to assist the Ukrainian economy."
The former speaker noted that before Biden's trip in April 2014, a man named Devon Archer visited the White House and met with the vice president. The same month, he added, Archer was named to the board of an energy company in Ukraine named Burisma.
"Hunter Biden was also named to the board of Burisma on May 13, 2014," he said. "Burisma is controlled by a Ukrainian oligarch who was being investigated by the top Ukrainian prosecutor. Hunter Biden received as much as $50,000 for his service, despite having no formal knowledge of Ukrainian law."
Gingrich went on to point out, when "Vice President Biden visited Kiev in 2016, he made threats to withhold $1 billion worth of aid if officials did not dismiss the top Ukrainian prosecutor Victor Shokin."
Prosecutor General Shokin had been investigating Burisma's owner. According to Gingrich, Biden "allegedly recruited former Deputy U.S. Attorney General John Buretta to fight Burisma's corruption charges and he negotiated successfully with Shokin's successor Yurly Lutsenko for the dismissal of the case in 2016."
Gingrich also pointed out Vice President Biden made a diplomatic trip to China and was accompanied by his son Hunter.
"Hunter Biden had a private meeting in Beijing with Jonathan Li, operator of a Chinese private equity fund named Bohai Capital," he said. "But prior to the meeting between Hunter Biden and Li, Li met the vice president in a hotel."
According to Gingrich, two weeks after the trip, "Hunter Biden's firm landed a $1 billion private equity deal with a subsidiary of the government-operated Bank of China."
"In addition, the deal was later expanded to $1.5 billion," he said. "Rosemont Seneca Partners was the firm which Hunter Biden was affiliated with. It was managed by Devon Archer."
John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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