Whistleblower fallout continues for Joe Biden, President Trump

FILE – In this Jan. 30, 2010, file photo, Vice President Joe Biden, left, with his son Hunter, right. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

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UPDATED 3:15 PM PT – Sunday, October 6, 2019

The whistleblower story has backfired on leading Democrats and some are questioning the legalities of actions undertaken by both Joe Biden and President Trump. Both have been accused of using political influence for personal gain.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is under scrutiny for misconduct allegations regarding his political influence in Ukraine. Biden may have violated a key U.S. law called the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (FCPA). The act states that federal government officials are prohibited from helping or intervening to influence a foreign official “in order to assist in obtaining or retaining business for, with or to any person.”

Accusations against the former vice president claim that he openly influenced the Ukrainian government in order to directly benefit his son. Biden allegedly pressured Ukraine to fire the prosecutor who was investigating Burisma, the energy company where Hunter Biden worked. The FCPA gives Republicans a strong case for investigating Joe Biden.

Republicans may also be able to investigate him for money-laundering. Biden reportedly gave U.S. tax dollars to Ukraine that would ultimately help his son make millions. Money-laundering by definition is the concealment of money through a complex, untraceable system. The intent of laundering is to return the money to the launderer in an obscure way. Republicans may choose to argue that Biden’s misuse of U.S. tax dollars falls under this illegal method of concealment.

The FCPA seems to vindicate President Trump, who faces similar allegations. The president has previously stated he was doing his presidential duty by asking Ukraine to investigate Biden. The president reiterated this right on Twitter, claiming that his role requires him to look into potential corruption.

Thus far, Biden’s violation of the FCPA has been largely overlooked. Arizona Republican Congressman Paul Gosar has been the most vocal on the issue. He recently released a press statement, which noted all of the ways Biden violated the law. The congressman has since called for a “full investigation” into the former vice president’s potential corruption.