DONALD Trump did ask Ukraine’s president to investigate Joe Biden, a bombshell phone transcript revealed as the US President insisted their call was “beautiful”.
The US President is currently facing an impeachment inquiry, which will investigate whether he sought Ukraine’s help to smear ex-Vice President Joe Biden.
Donald Trump is currently facing an impeachment inquiry which threatens to oust him[/caption]
But Trump dismissed the probe, which threatens to oust him, as a “joke” in a press conference at the sidelines of a UN General Assembly meeting on Wednesday.
He said he decided to release a summary of the controversial call with Ukraine’s leader Volodymyr Zelensky because of the “horrible things” being reported.
“I don’t like the precedent,” Trump said.
“I don’t like it where you’re dealing with heads of state and to think that their call is going to be released.”
The transcript revealed that Trump pressed Ukraine’s leader to “look into” Democratic rival Joe Biden as well as his grievances from the 2016 election.
In the July call, Trump repeatedly asked Zelenskiy to work with Attorney General William Barr and Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer.
At one point in the conversation, Trump said: “I would like for you to do us a favour.”
He made the request shortly after discussing the US possibly giving nearly $400 million in critical military aid to help the country battle Russian-backed separatists.
That aid had widespread support until the Trump administration put the brakes on it this summer.
The conversation has raised questions about whether Trump was using the aid as leverage to get help on the Biden issue.
The president’s words set the parameters for the debate to come just the fourth impeachment investigation of an American president in the nation’s history.
But in his press conference, Trump reiterated his claim he did not pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Joe Biden.
“No push, no pressure, no nothing,” Trump said.
Describing his phone calls with the leader, Trump said: “They were all perfect.”
“And the witch hunt continues. They’re getting hit hard on this witch hunt.
“Because when they look at the information, it’s a joke.
“Impeachment for that?
“When you have a wonderful meeting or a wonderful phone conversation.”
Biden had earlier been accused of threatening to withhold aid funding to Ukraine over a probe into a gas company that his son worked for[/caption]
Hunter Biden, 49, worked for a Ukrainian natural gas company[/caption]
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