Biden: Trump ‘Deserves’ To Be Investigated Over Ukraine Call

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a town hall meeting at the Indian Creek Nature Preserve, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Washington – President Donald Trump urged the new leader of Ukraine this summer to investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, a person familiar with the matter said. Democrats condemned what they saw as a clear effort to damage a political rival, now at the center of an explosive whistleblower complaint against Trump.

It was the latest revelation in an escalating controversy that has created a showdown between congressional Democrats and the Trump administration, which has refused to turn over the formal complaint by a national security official or even describe its contents.

Trump is defending himself against the intelligence official’s complaint, asserting that it comes from a “partisan whistleblower,” though the president also says he doesn’t know who had made it. The complaint was based on a series of events, one of which was a July 25 call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, according to a two people familiar with the matter. The people were not authorized to discuss the issue by name and were granted anonymity.

In a tweet Saturday, Trump referred to “a perfectly fine and routine conversation I had” with Ukraine’s leader. “Nothing was said that was in any way wrong.”

According to one of the people, who was briefed on the call, Trump urged Zelenskiy to probe the activities of potential Democratic rival Biden’s son Hunter, who worked for a Ukrainian gas company. Trump did not raise the issue of U.S. aid to Ukraine, indicating there was not an explicit quid pro quo, according to the person.

Biden told reporters in Iowa on Saturday that “Trump deserves to be investigated. He is violating every basic norm of a president. You should be asking him the question, why is he on the phone with a foreign leader trying to intimidate a foreign leader, if that’s what happened.”

He accused Trump of “doing this because he knows I’ll beat him like a drum and he’s using the abuse of power and every element of the presidency to try to do something to smear me.”

The U.S. government’s intelligence inspector general has described the whistleblower’s Aug. 12 complaint as “serious” and “urgent.” Trump insisted “it’s nothing” and “just another political hack job.”

There has yet to be any evidence of any wrongdoing by Biden or his son regarding Ukraine.

Trump and Zelenskiy plan to meet on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly this coming week. The Wall Street Journal first reported that Trump pressed Zelenskiy about Biden.

The standoff with Congress raises more questions about the extent to which Trump’s appointees are protecting the Republican president from oversight and, specifically, whether his new acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, is working with the Justice Department to shield the president.

Democrats say the administration is legally required to give Congress access to the whistleblower’s complaint. The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., has said he will go to court in an effort to get it if necessary.

The intelligence inspector general said the matter involves the “most significant” responsibilities of intelligence leadership.

In the whistleblower case, lawmakers are looking into whether Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani traveled to Ukraine to pressure the government to aid Trump’s reelection effort by investigating the activities of Biden’s son.

Democrats have contended that Trump, in the aftermath of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, may have asked for foreign assistance in his upcoming reelection bid.

During an CNN interview Thursday, Giuliani was asked whether he had asked Ukraine to look into Biden. He initially said, “No, actually I didn’t,” but seconds later he said, “Of course I did.”

Maguire has refused to discuss details of the whistleblower complaint, but he has been subpoenaed by Schiff’s committee and is expected to testify publicly next Thursday. Maguire and the inspector general, Michael Atkinson, also are expected next week at the Senate Intelligence Committee.

(AP)

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22 COMMENTS

  1. Trump is using his mentor, the disgraced sicko lawyer Roy Cohn’s disgusting playbook to attack his enemies and drag the US down. Why is Trump attacking the WHISTLEBLOWER and at the same time Trump says he doesn’t know who the WHISTLBLOWER is! Does that make sense? Will Trump attack IRAN to distract from this latest scandal?

      • That’s not just dirty, it’s an abuse of power and illegal. I hope it’s not true because it is a quintessential impeachable offense and the u.s. doesn’t need that kind of circus right now considering the fact that iran is making us look weak and stupid, we’re in a trade war and North Korea is doing everything except test nukes.

        Also, I dont want to listen to Nadler every day.

    • You forgot to mention Vince Foster and Beghazzi and Seth Rich and Obama’s Kenyan birth certificate and Ted Cruz’s father helping the CIA kill JFK and the fake moon landings in the Mojave Desert.

  2. He threatens them with USA aide made tens of millions selling his office and he’s upset that trump wants to investigate collusion between dems and Russia yesh that’s about right

    • Yeah that Russia collusion hoax went a long way too,,,ah what will dems investigate next? Haha. They sure can’t challenge his huge success as president with the economy and so much more so they gotta resort to pathetic fabricated allegations…carry on. #KAG

        • Wasn’t Trump talking to the PM of Ukraine who is Putin’s enemy? As far as I know he wasn’t chatting with the parliament. So this is somehow Russia fault too? I get it somehow “collusion with Russia” has a scarier tone to it than collusion with ukraine. It makes it feel like its the 50’s and the soviets are coming to get us via spies like jullias rosenberg.

  3. Stop attacking Daddy, he denies ever talking to that Ukranian about anything other than women and golfing which are his favorite things. He has set new standards for the Presidency.

  4. Archy, you wrote that because the Republicans control the Senate, Trump can’t be impeached; did you ever study Social Studies or History in school? If you would read the U.S. Constitution, it clearly states that it is not the Senate which impeaches, but the U.S. House of Representatives, which is in fact controlled by the Democrats. The Senate holds a trial, after a President is impeached, in order to ascertain if an impeached President will be convicted, and hence, removed from office. The last time this occurred, was in 1999. Clinton was cleared in the U.S. Senate, along party lines, after he was impeached. However, this occurred shortly before Clinton was due to leave office, after his second term expired. It did not occur during his first term, as with Trump. Whereas Trump would probably be cleared by the Senate (assuming that he was impeached by the House), how does it look for a U.S. President running for reelection, to have “Impeached”, on his resume?

    • I think he meant that Trump won’t be removed from office because the Republicans control the Senate, and that’s true. Trump could pass secrets to Putin, blab strategy to North Korea and threaten to withhold aid from countries who don’t use his hotels and the Republicans wouldn’t care. Trump has said so about his supporters.

      • All presidents do the same shtick just trump is more grub and brash about it.

        But either way you got the idea. And yes it doesn’t bother me as long as he continues to do the great job he is doing. i want someone to rip apart the fabric of our norms. No more buying into or playing along with the climate hoax (Oh according o NPR its climate disaster oy vey I am scared). Whether you agree with tariffs or not, China’s standing in the world changed. The tariffs bring to light that people are sick and tired of their shinenangains. Even if you argue tarrifs are bad, the chinese and the way they conduct business with the USA and world will never be the same. they are now exposed and have to behave. I don’t agree with Trump’s method of maligning immgrants either but immigration will never be the same. The muslims got a good kick on their tuchus too and their standing won’t be the same either. The small piety stuff like getting a few foreign dignitaries to stay at trump’s DC hotel are just that (small & peity)

        • I forgot to mention how he is stacking our courts. If he wins in 2020 he will alter the balance forever. (I doubt Ruth bader Ginsburg will still be on the bench in 2024 may she be zocheh to do tsehuva and live till 120). And the circuit courts will by then be fully stacked with more normal judges.

    • Firstly how would it look like on his resume if you impeached him for this silly Ukraine thing? I think it wold make you guys look very foolish. It would be like you losers went thru this whole Muller collusion thing, stormy daniels etc… and you couldn’t nab him on that so now you pick on some silly Ukriane thing? It would end up giving Trump a boost as you guys would become the laughing stock.

      In general with trump if you impeach and he is not removed you’d be rallying the base. Thats why Pelosi is in a pickle. She is a shrewd witch and knows her politics.

      I find your impeachment calls comical. Like dude give it up already

  5. Biden on video bragged about with holding US tax payers money to Ukraine until they fire a prosecutor, who was investing his son shady deal.
    No that is Quid pro quo.
    Biden is a bad dude who for 8 years enabled the most evil obumer harsha.

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