Trump urged Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky repeatedly during a telephone call in July to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter and his involvement with a Ukraine natural gas company.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump encouraged Zelensky
“about eight times to work with Rudy Giuliani, his personal lawyer, on a probe, according to people familiar with the matter.”
Biden called on Trump yesterday to release the transcript of a call that is the subject of a whistleblower complaint, saying in a statement.
“If these reports are true, then there is truly no bottom to President Trump’s willingness to abuse his power and abase our country. This behavior is particularly abhorrent because it exploits the foreign policy of our country and undermines our national security for political purposes. It means that he used the power and resources of the United States to pressure a sovereign nation — a partner that is still under direct assault from Russia — pushing Ukraine to subvert the rule of law in the express hope of extracting a political favor. Such clear-cut corruption damages and diminishes our institutions of government by making them tools of a personal political vendetta. At minimum, Donald Trump should immediately release the transcript of the call in question, so that the American people can judge for themselves, and direct the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to stop stonewalling and release the whistleblower notification to the Congress.”
Biden is the current front-runner in the race to win the Democratic nomination and face Trump, in the 2020 election.
The Journal report came amid a the controversy over another report, by The Washington Post, that Trump had been the subject of a complaint by a whistleblower that said he promised made a promise to a foreign leader.
Giuliani said in a TV interview that HE had asked Ukraine officials to investigate Joe Biden.
Anton Geraschenko, a senior advisor to Ukraine’s interior minister, said,
“Clearly, Trump is now looking for kompromat to discredit his opponent Biden, to take revenge for his friend Paul Manafort, who is serving seven years in prison.”
Giuliani on Thursday night said on CNN there was “a tremendous amount of collusion between Ukrainian officials” and then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Giuliani told Cuomo that he has obtained sworn statements from
“five people in the Ukraine, who said that ’we were brought into the White House, the Obama White House, and we were told,
‘Go dig up dirt on Trump and Manafort in January of 2016.’”
So far, Giuliani has not produced evidence of that alleged collusion. (Don’t hold your breath.) In the same interview Giuliani said that as he was investigating the supposed plot against Manafort,
In the same interview Giuliani said that as he was investigating the supposed plot against Manafort,
“I found out this incredible story about Joe Biden, that he bribed the president of the Ukraine in order to fire a prosecutor who was investigating his son.”
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment the Journal report.
Get ready for the chants of
“Lock him up.”
This isn’t asking a foreign country for help, this is a scared, power thirsty man begging for it. If we don’t impeach him, he’ll only get worse. https://t.co/bYnMAIyt5N— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (@RepJoeKennedy) September 20, 2019
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