Impeachment hearing: Stefanik says her constituents have ‘many concerns’ about Hunter Biden
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWNY) - North country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik says the people she represents in northern New York have concerns about the son of former Vice President Joe Biden.
She made the remark Tuesday as the House Intelligence Committee resumed its second week of impeachment hearings into President Donald Trump.
Stefanik questioned two witnesses: aide to Vice President Mike Pence, Jennifer Williams, and Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, director for European Affairs at the National Security Council.
Vindman and others said it was improper for President Trump to ask Ukraine’s president to investigate the family of Democrat Joe Biden.
Biden's son, Hunter, was a board member for the Ukrainian energy company Burisma.
During questioning of Vindman and Williams, Stefanik said:
"I know that my constituents in New York 21 have many concerns about the fact that Hunter Biden, the son of the vice president, sat on the board of a corrupt company like Burisma. The Obama Administration State Department was also concerned and yet Adam Shiff refuses to allow this committee to call Hunter Biden despite our requests. Every witness who has testified and has been asked this has answered 'yes.' Do you agree that Hunter Biden, on the board of Burisma, has the potential for the appearance of a conflict of interest?"
"Certainly the potential, yes," said Vindman.
"And Ms. Williams," Stefanik asked.
"Yes," said Williams.
Stefanik further questioned Vindman on previous testimony he delivered.
Stefanik has repeatedly said she sees no high crimes or misdemeanors, no impeachable offenses, and no reason to remove President Trump from office. Last week, she would not criticize President Trump at all.
When asked if the president has done anything merely improper, as opposed to impeachable, Stefanik said, “He is a non-traditional leader, and his voters wanted this non-traditional leadership.”
She also avoided criticizing President Trump's use of Rudy Giuliani as an unofficial part of U.S. foreign policy in Ukraine.
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