Parallel to the COVID-19 pandemic, when the attention of the authorities was drawn to health care, politicians could not refuse scandals. They were facilitated, in some cases, by the presidential election. Detailed information in diesem Link.
In the following article, we will discuss some of the most popular political scandals of 2020.
The center of the scandalous events of 2020 was the U.S. presidential election. The entire presidential race was accompanied by news of any wrongdoing. While in the last election Donald Trump was accused of collaborating with Russia to win, this year there was a lot of information about finances. For example, the fact that Donald Trump is a tax evader. Before taking the presidency Donald Trump successfully ran the Trump Organization and built huge skyscrapers and hotels in different parts of the world. The New York Times reported that Donald Trump did not pay income tax from 2001 to 2015, showing consistently high losses on his returns. The U.S. president himself called this fact a fake.
U.S. Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's office and federal prosecutors in Washington were investigating the possibility of Trump receiving money from a bank in Egypt for the campaign. However, investigators did not find any confirmation of the suspicions. The New York Times also reported on Donald Trump's bank accounts in China. Trump has long been engaged in a trade war with China, urging U.S. companies to give up manufacturing in China. However, according to the publication, an account was opened in a bank in China in 2013 by a company that runs Trump's hotels. It paid $188,000 in taxes to the PRC in two years.
Simultaneously with the scandalous news about Trump came out the facts about the biography of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, and more specifically about his son Hunter. Joe's entire campaign was accompanied by questions about his son and his ties to Ukraine.
The New York Post published Hunter Biden's correspondence with Vadim Pozharsky. Hunter Biden joined the board of directors of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma in 2014 with a salary of $50,000 a month. At the time, Joe Biden was vice president of the United States. "Dear Hunter, Thank you for inviting me to Washington and giving me the opportunity to meet my father and spend time together. It's an honor," Vadim Pozharsky, head of Burisma, wrote to Hunter Biden on April 17, 2015. Joe Biden himself, then serving as vice president of the United States, claimed that he never spoke to his son about the Burisma-related business relationship.
In November, a real political crisis erupted in Peru, accompanied by corruption scandals. Three presidents were replaced there in a week.
The Peruvian Congress impeached the current president, Martin Vizcarra, in early November after allegations of corruption related to construction projects dating back to the time when Martin Vizcarra was governor of the Moquegua region in southern Peru from 2011 to 2014. Viscarra denied the allegations but decided to impeach him. Viscarra was replaced by the head of Congress, Manuel Merino, who lasted only five days in office before resigning under the pressure of mass protests. And after Merino, 76-year-old deputy Francisco Sagasti took over as president. The political change took place in Peru amid mass protests where two people were killed.
In Moldova, the presidential election was also held with scandals, or rather the scandal occurred after the elections in the parliament of the country. Supporters of elected Moldovan President Maia Sandu blocked the work of Parliament. They simply stood up from their seats during the session and started banging on the podium.
This way the deputies tried to disrupt the voting on a number of laws. In particular, the laws on the official status of the Russian language, on the removal of the secret service from presidential subordination, and on the budget of the republic. They blocked the speech of the finance minister who presented the budget and promised to disturb the work of the supporters of the acting president Igor Dodon throughout the day. Maya Sandu won 57 percent of the vote in the Nov. 15 presidential runoff election, bringing her victory.