After the midterm elections, Republicans doubled down on using their majority to investigate Biden and his family’s business dealings. CERL Advisory Council member Richard Painter told The Guardian the president should have recused himself from matters relating to Ukraine, yet Republicans are unlikely to find any instance of quid pro quo. According to Prof. Painter:
“It’s pretty clear what’s going on there but the missing link the Republicans are looking for – but I don’t think they’re going to find – is any kind of a quid pro quo, Joe Biden for the Ukrainian gas company. Still, it would have been better if Joe Biden had said: ‘Look, my son is going to be on this board, maybe the secretary of state or somebody else could handle Ukraine,’ and he’d step aside.”
Prof. Painter is the S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Minnesota and co-author of the book, American Nero: The History of the Destruction of the Rule of Law, and Why Trump Is the Worst Offender. Read his full bio here.