Andrew Yang open to being Joe Biden’s vice president

File – Democratic presidential candidate businessman Andrew Yang speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Chicago. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)

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UPDATED 10:41 AM PT — Monday, December 16, 2019

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang announced he is open to being Democrat rival Joe Biden’s vice president. In a recent interview, the 2020 hopeful revealed Biden is his closest ally among his opponents.

He also shared that Biden spoke to him about the threat of automation taking away American’s jobs, which is an issue Yang has put at the center of his campaign. The ‘Venture for America’ founder said their interaction made him excited because it showed Biden is “listening.”

The Democrat presidential candidate added that he would consider being a running mate on any of his opponents tickets.

“Certainly, I want to be the nominee myself, but if I’m part of the team, I’ll do my part for sure,” he stated. “If any of the candidates prevails and asks me to be their running mate, of course I would take a very long, hard look at it.””

Yang went on to say he would welcome all of his Democrat rivals in his administration, if he were to be named the nominee. This comes as recent polls show the 2020 contender near the bottom of the list.

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'Legitimate basis' for Trump to have concern about Hunter Biden's role on Burisma board, GOP counsel says

GOP counsel Steve Castor questions the Biden family's Ukraine connection during his testimony to the House Judiciary Committee's second impeachment hearing.

The top lawyer for Judiciary and Intelligence Committee Republicans testified Monday that there was a “legitimate basis” for President Trump to ask Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky to launch a public investigation into the Biden family’s dealings in Ukraine.

During impeachment inquiry testimony in front of the Judiciary Committee, minority counsel Steve Castor tried to turn the tables on the Democrat-led investigation into whether President Trump tried to pressure his Ukrainian colleague into investigating a political rival by withholding aid and a White House meeting by arguing that there were real concerns about the former vice president’s son’s involvement with the Ukrainian natural gas company, Burisma Holdings.

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“Hunter Biden was reportedly receiving $50,000 to $83,000 a month for compensation for his role on the Burisma board,” Castor said of the former vice president’s son.

Castor questioned why a person who doesn’t have a history with Ukraine and doesn’t speak either Ukrainian or Russian would have a senior role on the company’s board.

“At the time that Hunter Biden joined Burisma’s board, his father, former Vice President Biden, was the Obama Administration’s point person for Ukraine.”

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Castor speculated that the only reason Hunter Biden was on the Burisma board was because his father was the vice president at the time, and leading the Obama administration’s efforts in Ukraine.

“Hunter Biden was not qualified to serve on the board,” Castro said. “There is a legitimate basis for President Trump to have a concern about Hunter Biden’s role on the Burisma board.”

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The impeachment inquiry into Trump began when a whistleblower reported that the president had pushed Zelensky to launch a public investigation into the Biden family’s dealings in Ukraine—specifically, why Joe Biden pressured former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to fire a top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, who at the time was investigating Burisma Holdings.

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Though the timing raised concerns among anti-corruption advocates in Ukraine and by a number of high-level U.S. foreign service members, there has been no evidence the former vice president or his son broke the law.

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