Report: Trump urged Ukraine's president to reopen investigation of Hunter Biden
Added 09-21-19 01:31:02am EST - “The Wall Street Journal reports that President Trump, in a July phone call, repeatedly pressed the president of Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden, son of Joe Biden. According to the Journal, Trump urged Volodymyr Zelensky about…” - Powerlineblog.com
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The Wall Street Journal reports that President Trump, in a July phone call, repeatedly pressed the president of Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden, son of Joe Biden. According to the Journal, Trump urged Volodymyr Zelensky about eight times to work with Rudy Giuliani, his personal lawyer, on a probe of Hunter Biden:
“[Trump] told [Zelensky] that he should work with [Giuliani] on Biden, and that people in Washington wanted to know” whether allegations were true or not, [one of the Journals’ sources] 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.
The last point — the reported absence of the offer of any quid-pro-quo — is key. If Trump did tell Ukraine’s president that the provision of foreign aid to his country hinged on a decision to investigate the son of Joe Biden, that would be a major scandal.
It would, though, be the mirror image of a scandal involving Joe Biden. Biden boasted that, by threatening to cut off $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine, he caused the Ukrainian government to fire a prosecutor who was investigating a company that employed his son Hunter as a board member.
What Trump reportedly did was a response to Joe Biden’s scuttling of the investigation. He wanted the investigation reopened.
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