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Should Hunter Biden’s actions compromise Joe Biden’s presidential campaign? Show more Show less
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Recently, the FBI subpoenaed Hunter Biden's laptop due to suspicion of money laundering activity on his part. How severe is this scandal? Should Hunter Biden's proximity to presidential candidate Joe Biden be enough to sacrifice him the election?

No, Hunter Biden's actions should not impact Biden's presidential campaign Show more Show less

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Hunter Biden's dealings with Ukraine and China were based on international precedent, not personal interest

Joe Biden has previously dealt with Ukraine in a manner consistent with American and international policy, not because it would benefit Hunter.
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"But there’s a problem with the suggestion that Biden was trying to help his son. The investigation into Burisma was dead long before Biden started his campaign to oust Shokin, Vitaliy Kasko, a former Ukrainian official who worked under Shokin, told Bloomberg. 'There was no pressure from anyone from the U.S. to close cases against Zlochevsky,' Kasko said in an interview last week. 'It was shelved by Ukrainian prosecutors in 2014 and through 2015.' Kasko’s assessment adds a wrinkle to one of the first political intrigues of the 2020 election season. It undercuts the idea that Biden, now a top Democratic presidential candidate, was seeking to sideline a prosecutor who was actively threatening a company tied to his son. Instead, it appears more consistent with Biden’s previous statements that he was pressing for the removal of a prosecutor who was failing to tackle rampant corruption."[1]

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  1. https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/05/joe-biden-ukraine-controversy.html
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