Dear Editor:

Fact checking is not always unbiased, as Pat Wemstrom demonstrates in her latest quibble in the Jan. 27-28 Mirror-Democrat/Times-Journal while once more missing the point.

While my letter addressed presidential pardons, her caviling about Hunter Biden's Burisma ties raises far more questions about the affair than it answers.

Hunter's admission that someone with his lack of qualifications would probably not have been given a seat on the board had his name not been Biden should have had Pat wondering what Burisma's founder Mykola Zlochevsky expected he was getting by putting him there.

The fact that this totally unqualified kid's father was Obama's pointman for anticorruption efforts in Ukraine for the first three years of Hunter's tenure on the board from 2014 to 2019 was presumably a coincidence.

Given this ethical morass, it is hardly a stretch to believe that a money laundering investigation focused on 2010-12 might have expanded as it developed to cover bribery in later years. Even Joe Biden had to perceive that the optics of this story suggested influence peddling that would have finished any possibility of a future presidential run.

Is Pat suggesting that threatening to withhold aid to influence a foreign government's internal investigation of corruption is laudable when Democrats do it and impeachable when Republicans do it?

Aside from the obvious question of why the U.S. should be involved in policing foreign corruption investigations at all, it is too cute by half to suggest that Joe Biden's actions were motivated simply by concern that Viktor Shokin wasn't investigating Ukrainian politicians rather than possibly investigating his son's role in influence peddling.

The conflict of interest here should be apparent. After all, the Wall Street Journal reported that "two Obama administration officials raised concerns to the White House in 2015 that Hunter Biden's seat on the Burisma board could create a perceived conflict of interest while his father was leading Ukraine policy, according to the Senate Republicans' investigation, which was released in September." Perhaps USA Today missed that.

My conclusion that Hunter may need Daddy to pardon him still stands, given his business dealings in China, Romania and elsewhere as well as an ongoing IRS tax investigation.

David Hanson,

Savanna