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The so-called Trump-Ukraine scandal raises a enormous issue, and here it is:

Why would the Democrats go after President Trump for supposedly planning to withhold U.S. assistance to Ukraine when their suggested 2020 standard-bearer did EXACTLY THE SAME THING — and admit it on tape?

There are only two answers, and both could deliver the same result: Democrats either don’t care what’s going on with former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, or they’re attempting to take him out deliberately.

Biden was from the beginning a weak applicant. While the relatively mild career politician appeared to be completely placed when he entered the Democratic Party nomination contest in April, a slew of other candidates were racing hard left, promising to free everything for everyone. That left the middle uncontested for Biden.

The “inevitable” nominee, however, has since blundered his way home into the pack.

The former vice president is still at or near the top of most surveys, but few Democrats are jazzed up for Joe (but then it’s difficult to imagine voters in the whole unfortunate bunch of wannabes getting enthusiastic about any of the others).

Still, in the polls, Sen. Elizabeth Warren is growing quickly, and last quarter, Sen. Bernie Sanders took $25 million to put him on top of the stack. The race is advancing rapidly.

The manner in which the Trump-Ukraine scandal has so far proved to be a favor for Trump (some conspiracy theorists speculate that the master troller set up the entire thing).

Remember: Initially, the claims were that Trump in a telephone call requested at least eight times that Ukraine explore Biden’s son Hunter’s company connections.

When Trump published the call’s transcript, it came out that the president requested for “a favor” only once.

But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and all the other top Democrats had already agreed to push ahead with an investigation into the impeachment.

As the smoke clears around Trump, Biden is left standing in the crosshairs. And this fact has emerged: Hunter Biden made hundreds of thousands of dollars through his employment with Burisma, the largest private gas company in Ukraine — despite having no known qualifications for the job. And when word spread that a prosecutor was looking into the matter, then-Vice President Biden demanded that the prosecutor be fired. That’s a fact.

More, Biden is on tape discussing his push for the Ukrainian government to fire Viktor Shokin, bragging he had threatened to withhold $1 billion until Shokin was canned. “If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,” he says he told Ukrainian leaders. “Well son of a bitch, he got fired,” Biden says with a smile in the video clip.

That’s exactly what Trump is accused — accused, mind you — of doing. Weeks before Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump put on hold $391 million in aid. He says he did so to pressure other nations to contribute more money and to take time to examine programs. Democrats, though, say it was a clear quid pro quo: Dig up some dirt on Biden and his son, or no money.

But The New York Times’ Kenneth Vogel posted an interesting statement on Twitter last week in the midst of the mess. “The Ukrainians weren’t made aware that the assistance was being delayed/reviewed until more than one month after the call,” he wrote. So, no quid pro quo.

Worse, a photo emerged Monday showing Biden and his son playing golf with executives from Burisma. Not good.

It’s certainly too early to tell whether Trump will emerge unscathed from yet another scandal, but regardless of his fate, Biden’s star is greatly dimmed. And while House Democrats will get in lockstep to vote to impeach Trump, the Senate will be a whole different kettle of fish.

During the trial of the president, Republicans will target Biden and his son nonstop. It’s highly unlikely 22 Republicans will join Democrats to vote to convict, but Biden will be heavily damaged.

That may have all been part of Trump’s master plan. He knew the transcript didn’t show a quid pro quo, and the whistleblower complaint, now also public, doesn’t amount to much, either.

And maybe, just maybe, Democrats knew that this scandal would also take out Biden. If they did, they could well be right. Even better, if Biden gets crushed in the playout of the Ukraine scandal, they’ll have no blood on their hands.

Former Democratic Sen. Robert Torricelli said Tuesday that the Ukraine allegations will hurt Biden.

“It is hard to imagine a Democratic primary electorate witnessing this spectacle of $50,000 a month to Hunter Biden, the contradictory information about whether there was consultation with him and his father, the rather unseemly view of this, that the Democratic primary electorate is going to decide this is our guy,” said the former senator from New Jersey.

“The Torch” wasn’t right about much when he was in the Senate, but he could well be spot on with this prediction.

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