US President Donald Trump on Thursday urged Ukraine and China to investigate corruption against its potential rival in the 2020 elections, Joe Biden, while Democrats began interviewing witnesses in the political trial investigation that shakes the White House.
Trump, who could be dismissed for seeking foreign aid against political adversaries, something illegal in the United States, said that Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelenski and Chinese leader Xi Jinping should investigate Biden, who currently leads the race for Democratic presidential nomination.RELATED
In dialogue with journalists, the Republican president insisted on his request to Zelenski – made during a phone call in July and trigger the investigation of political trial against him in Congress – that Ukraine find out about the activities of Biden, former vice president of the government of Barack Obama, and his son Hunter.
"They should investigate the Biden," Trump said. "Similarly, China should begin an investigation into the Biden because what happened in China is almost as bad as what happened in Ukraine."
Asked if he would ask Xi the same as Zelenski, Trump replied: "It is certainly something we can start thinking about."
Hunter Biden, a lawyer and financier, was part of the monitoring committee of a Ukrainian gas company and invested in China when his father was vice president of Obama.
There has been no formal investigation of the justice of either of the two countries, but according to the US president and his environment, Hunter Biden took advantage of his father's office to earn considerable sums of money. Joe Biden requested in 2015 the dismissal of the attorney general of Ukraine, according to the Republican side because he was very interested in Hunter Biden's business.
The Democrats say instead that the request of the then vice president was in the framework of an international campaign against corruption because the official was suspected of impeding reforms.
Biden's campaign called the president's comments a "grotesque" string of lies and another sign of his abuse of power. "Trump is terrified of Joe Biden hitting him like a drum," said Kate Bedingfield, deputy manager of the election team.
When Trump's conversation with Zelenski was made public through an anonymous whistleblower, the Democratic opposition initiated political trial proceedings against the US president, which could result in the impeachment of the president. Trump accuses the Democratic opposition of wanting to dismiss him because he fears he can't defeat him at the polls in 2020.
As part of that investigation, this Thursday he was summoned to the House of Representatives Kurt Volker, who until his resignation last Friday was the United States special envoy for Ukraine. Volker was called to give his testimony about the accusations that the White House illegally sought Ukrainian political help for the 2020 elections.
According to the anonymous reporter's report, Volker went to Kiev the day after the call on July 25 between Trump and Zelenski to advise Ukrainian authorities on how to "handle" the US president's requests.
I had told you before about ways to "respond to different messages" received through official US channels and Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who months earlier had tried to convince senior Ukrainian officials to open an investigation about Biden, according to the complainant.
Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff, who oversees the investigation against Trump, declined to comment on the ongoing Volker interview, but severely questioned Trump for suggesting that China should investigate the Biden.
"The president of the United States is encouraging a foreign nation to interfere again to help his campaign by investigating a rival, which constitutes a fundamental violation of the president's oath," he told reporters.
"It endangers our elections and our national security and should be condemned by each member of this body," he added.
Trump, who in recent days did not spare diatribes against the Democrats, lashed out again at Schiff, who on Monday suggested arresting for "treason."
"Schiff is a scoundrel who should give up (at least!)," He tweeted. (I)