This one is going to throw some people for a loop.
On Thursday evening, former South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy proposed that both former President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden be called to testify, should witnesses be approved for the senate trial.
“Part of impeachment is setting a precedent for what’s going to happen in the future,” Gowdy told Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
“So, if the vice president can make that assertion, then he is relevant as a witness, but so, too, is President Obama, because I would want to know whether or not he had the authority of the president at the time he made that pronouncement that there will be no loan guarantees unless the prosecutor is fired,” he added.
The incident Gowdy is referring to happened in 2018, when Biden bragged about “strong-arming Ukraine into firing a prosecutor by threatening to renege on a loan guarantee,” according to the Washington Examiner.
“I was supposed to announce that there was another billion-dollar loan guarantee, and I had gotten a commitment from Poroshenko and from Yatsenyuk that they would take action against the state prosecutor. And they didn’t,” Biden told the Council on Foreign Relations.
“I said, ‘Nah, I’m not going to — or, we’re not going to give you the billion dollars,'” Biden added.
Gowdy further explained that “if President Obama gave Joe Biden permission to condition loan guarantees on the firing of a prosecutor, then that makes both of them potentially relevant as witnesses.”