A George Washington University law professor, who was the last lead defense counsel in a Senate impeachment trial, took aim at the media for dismissing allegations of corruption by former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
In a Saturday op-ed for the Hill, Jonathan Turley argued that "the mere mention" of Hunter Biden "seemingly triggers the vapors among cable TV hosts and their guests," pointing to several instances in which members of the media have quickly cut off guests or coverage of the Bidens' dealings in Ukraine.
"For news shows on MSNBC, CNN and other cable networks, nothing is more disgusting than the mention of what Hunter Biden actually was doing in Ukraine," he said. "What is most remarkable about the paucity of coverage of Hunter Biden’s dealings is the conclusory mantra that 'this has all been investigated.'"
While Turley agreed that he does not "see compelling evidence" of Trump's claim that the elder Biden had a Ukrainian prosecutor, who was investigating the Ukrainian gas firm his son worked for while he was still vice president, fired, he argued that Hunter Biden's ability to land the job was nonetheless suspicious.
According to him, the hiring may counter "the narrative that there’s 'nothing wrong' with Hunter Biden’s dealings and that it’s all a 'lie' that’s best to ignore."
"There is, however, that other problem of Hunter Biden landing a windfall contract with one of Ukraine’s most corrupt figures after his father took charge of potentially billions in U.S. loans and aid for Ukraine. That is what no one seems to want to discuss," he said. "Hunter Biden had no experience in the field — but he did have a notable connection to the vice president, who publicly has bragged about making clear to the Ukrainians that he alone controlled U.S. aid to the country."
The Bidens' dealings with Ukraine have come under renewed scrutiny after President Trump asked the country's leader to look into the pair for potential corruption during a July phone call, which sparked a House impeachment inquiry into the president over concerns that he withheld military aid in exchange for the investigation.
The 2020 Democratic front-runner's campaign later demanded networks stop airing interviews with Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who has been investigating Biden's Ukraine dealings, and called on social media networks to remove Trump ads referencing Hunter Biden's contracts.