yeah, and biden & son are corrupt SOBs

Trump pressured Ukrainian president to investigate Biden’s son
David Smith, Andrew Roth, Groan, Sep 21 2019

Trump pressed the new leader of Ukraine this summer to investigate Joe Biden’s son Hunter, multiple reports say. Demagogs condemned what they saw as a clear effort to damage a political rival. It was the latest revelation tied to an explosive whistleblower complaint that sparked a showdown between congressional Demagogs and the Trump administration, which has refused to turn over the complaint by a natsec boxtop or even describe its contents. Trump spoke to Pres Zelensky on Jul 25, about two weeks before the complaint was filed. On Friday, the WSJ reported that Trump repeatedly pressured Zelensky to investigate Biden’s son Hunter. In the July phone call, Trump urged Zelensky about eight times to work with Giuliani on the investigation, the WSJ said, citing people familiar with the matter. Other media outlets confirmed that Trump had pushed Zelensky to take action. Trump did not raise the issue of Pindo aid to Ukraine, indicating there was not an explicit quid pro quo, a source told AP. Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for Trump, told the WSJ he met top Ukrainian officials about the prospect of an investigation in June and August. Biden said in a statement:

If these reports are true, then there is truly no bottom to Pres 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. He must immediately release the transcript of the call in question, so that the Pindo creeple can judge for themselves.

Trump offered a characteristically pugnacious defence against what he called a “partisan” whistleblower. He told reporters in the Oval Office it was “a ridiculous story” and “just another political hack job,” and his conversations with foreign leaders were “totally appropriate.” Asked if he discussed Biden, Trump insisted:

It doesn’t matter what I discussed.

But he added “someone ought to look into” Biden. Trump also said he did not know if the phone call with Zelensky was the subject of the complaint, now caught in a standoff between the White House and Congress. The whistleblower filed it with the inspector general of the intelligence community, Michael Atkinson, who acknowledged that he considered it a credible matter of “urgent concern” that merited notifying congressional committees, but during a three-hour closed-door briefing on Thursday, Atkinson told HPSCI that the acting DNI, Trump appointee Joseph Maguire, barred him from providing details. Nancy Pelosi said:

Reports of a reliable whistleblower complaint regarding the president’s communications with a foreign leader raise grave, urgent concerns for our national security. The president and acting DNI’s stonewalling must end immediately, and the whistleblower must be provided with every protection guaranteed by the law to defend the integrity of our government and ensure accountability and trust.

HPSCI chairman Adam Schiff told reporters:

That whole purpose is being frustrated here because the director of national intelligence has made the unprecedented decision not to share the complaint with Congress. The inspector general has said this cannot wait. There’s an urgency here that I think the courts will recognise.

Hillary Clinton tweeted:

The president asked a foreign power to help him win an election. Again.

Trump’s relationship with Ukraine has been the subject of growing scrutiny. In early September, an editorial in the WaPo asked:

Is Trump strong-arming Volodymyr Zelensky for political gain? We’re reliably told he is attempting to force Mr Zelensky to intervene in the 2020 Pindo presidential election by launching an investigation of the leading Demagog candidate, Joe Biden. Mr Trump is not just soliciting Ukraine’s help with his presidential campaign. He is using Pindo military aid the country desperately needs in an attempt to extort it.

The Demagog heads of three House committees recently announced an investigation into alleged efforts by Trump and Giuliani to pressure the Ukrainian government for their own political ends, including by withholding Pindo security assistance. They allege Trump and Giuliani have pressured Kiev to prosecute Ukrainians who provided evidence against Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and to provide damaging information about Biden’s son. Hunter Biden worked for a Ukrainian gas company beginning in 2014, while his father was vice-president. The Demagogs have demanded a full transcript of the Trump-Zelensky call along with a list of participants. The intrigue deepened on Thursday night when Giuliani was asked by CNN’s Chris Cuomo if he had asked Ukraine to look into Biden. He initially said: “No, actually I didn’t,” but about 30 seconds later he admitted: “Of course I did.” Observers in Ukraine said there were no signs yet that an agreement had been struck between Trump and Zelensky. Sergei Leshchenko, an investigative journalist and former MP who advised Zelensky on foreign policy during the campaign, said:

There is nothing it could be besides this Biden stuff. It’s clear what they were talking about.

He cited a Ukrainian readout of the Jul 25 phone call between the two leaders:

Donald Trump is convinced that the new Ukrainian government will be able to quickly improve image of Ukraine & complete investigation of corruption cases which inhibited the interaction between Ukraine and Pindostan.

Leschenko said Trump allies including Giuliani had sought meetings with Zelensky since before his May inauguration, and accused Giuliani of “attempting to interfere in Ukrainian internal politics and blackmail Ukraine. Leschenko said regarding Zelensky:

He doesn’t want to be involved in this fight between two political parties in Pindostan. He doesn’t want to become a hostage of this situation.

Meanwhile Ukraine’s presidential administration announced on Friday that Zelensky will meet Trump next week during the UNGA in New York. Zelensky has not spoken publicly about the Jul 25 call with Trump since it was revealed as a cause for the whistleblower complaint on Thursday. He has sought a face-to-face meeting with Trump to discuss financial aid for the country and support in its conflict with Russia. He has met Pence. Pressure on Trump looks set to intensify. Ben Rhodes, the former national security adviser to Obama, wrote on Twitter:

If Trump was trying to abuse his power of the presidency to solicit foreign help for his campaign, it’s hard to imagine a more impeachable offense.

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