WSJ: Trump Repeatedly Pressured Ukraine's President To Investigate Biden's Son
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that President Donald Trump repeatedly pressured Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden.
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“It’s pretty clear what happened here: Trump took a hostage ($250M wartime aid to Ukraine). Trump told Ukraine that he’d release the hostage if they helped take down his political opponents. He used the USG to extort a foreign country for political gain. This can’t stand.”
President Trump in a July phone call repeatedly pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden ’s son, urging Volodymyr Zelensky about eight times to work with Rudy Giuliani, his personal lawyer, on a probe, according to people familiar with the matter.
“He told him that he should work with [Mr. Giuliani] on Biden, and that people in Washington wanted to know” whether allegations were true or not, one of the people said. Mr. Trump didn’t mention a provision of foreign aid to Ukraine on the call, said this person, who didn’t believe Mr. Trump offered the Ukrainian president any quid-pro-quo for his cooperation on an investigation.
Mr. Giuliani in June and August met with top Ukrainian officials about the prospect of an investigation, he said in an interview. The Trump lawyer has suggested Mr. Biden as vice president worked to shield from investigation a Ukrainian gas company with ties to his son, Hunter Biden. A Ukrainian official earlier this year said he had no evidence of wrongdoing by Mr. Biden or his son.