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US News Trump Publicly Urges China to Investigate the Bidens

02:10  04 october  2019
02:10  04 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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WASHINGTON — President Trump on Thursday publicly called on China to investigate a political rival, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., in an extraordinary presidential request to a foreign country for help that could benefit him in the 2020 election.

Trump says China 'should start' investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden . While Trump said he hasn't requested Chinese President Xi Jinping investigate the Bidens , the public call mirrors the private behavior on which Democrats are partially basing their impeachment inquiry — using the office

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WASHINGTON — President Trump, already facing impeachment for pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rivals, publicly called on China on Thursday to examine former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. as well, an extraordinary request to a foreign power for help that could benefit him in next year’s election.

“China should start an investigation into the Bidens, because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine,” Mr. Trump told reporters as he left the White House to travel to Florida. His request came just moments after he discussed upcoming trade talks with China and said that “if they don’t do what we want, we have tremendous power.”

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" China should start an investigation into the Bidens ," he told reporters outside the White House on Thursday. Trump 's efforts to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate the Bidens and the attempted cover-up form the center of a House Democratic impeachment inquiry

President Trump called for Ukraine and China to investigate his political rival, Joe Biden , doubling down on his efforts to push foreign countries to undertake probes that President’s efforts to persuade Ukraine to investigate Mr. Biden have already set off an impeachment inquiry by House Democrats.

The president’s call for Chinese intervention means that Mr. Trump and his attorney general have solicited assistance in discrediting the president’s political opponents from Ukraine, Australia, Italy and, according to one report, Britain. In speaking so publicly on Thursday, a defiant Mr. Trump pushed back against critics who have called such requests an abuse of power, essentially arguing that there was nothing wrong with seeking foreign help.

a man wearing a suit and tie walking on a sidewalk: President Trump walking to the South Lawn of the White House to address the news media on Thursday. © Pete Marovich for The New York Times President Trump walking to the South Lawn of the White House to address the news media on Thursday.

Throughout his presidency, Mr. Trump has made no effort to hide actions or statements that critics called outrageous violations of norms and standards — but because he does them in public, they seem to stir less blowback than if they had been done behind closed doors. Among other things, he repeatedly called on his own Justice Department to investigate his Democratic foes and eventually fired his first attorney general for not protecting him from the Russia investigation.

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President Trump publicly urges China , Ukraine to investigate Bidens . His committee last week released the whistleblower complaint that revealed Trump ’s July 25 phone call with Zelensky in which Trump asked him to investigate the Bidens .

With an open call for China to investigate the Bidens , it's clear that impeachment proceedings have only emboldened the president. On July 25, just a day after former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified before Congress and essentially concluded his investigation of President Donald Trump ’s

The comments on China came as the first witness appeared on Capitol Hill to be interviewed by House investigators as part of the impeachment inquiry into the president’s request for investigations into Mr. Biden, a leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, and other Democrats during a July 25 phone call with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine at the same time Mr. Trump was withholding $391 million in American aid.

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Kurt D. Volker, who resigned last week as the Trump administration’s special envoy to Ukraine, was being interviewed behind closed doors by House staff members about his interactions with the Ukrainians and Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney who has been vigorously lobbying for Ukrainian investigations into Democrats.

After Mr. Trump’s comments on China on Thursday, Mr. Biden’s campaign fired back, asserting in a statement that the president was “desperately clutching for conspiracy theories that have been debunked and dismissed by independent, credible news organizations.”

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" China should start an investigation into the Bidens ," he told reporters outside the White House on Thursday. Trump 's efforts to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate the Bidens and the attempted cover-up form the center of a House Democratic impeachment inquiry

President Trump ’s call to investigate business deals by former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s son in China is the latest to raise questions about possible abuse of In recent weeks, Mr. Trump has called for inquiries into the Bidens relating to the younger Mr. Biden ’s business in Ukraine, an effort

“What Donald Trump just said on the South Lawn of the White House was this election’s equivalent of his infamous ‘Russia, if you’re listening’ moment from 2016 — a grotesque choice of lies over truth and self over the country,” Kate Bedingfield, Mr. Biden’s deputy campaign manager, said in the statement.

Ms. Bedingfield was referring to a news conference during the 2016 presidential campaign when Mr. Trump on camera called on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s email servers. “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” he said. The investigation by the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III later determined that Russian hackers tried to do just that hours after Mr. Trump’s comments, making their first effort to break into servers used by Mrs. Clinton’s personal office.

Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, of Wisconsin, says there is nothing improper with President Donald Trump calling on the Ukraine and China to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in Madison, Wisconsin. Johnson says it is common for foreign governments to provide information to U.S. law enforcement agencies. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer) © ASSOCIATED PRESS Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, of Wisconsin, says there is nothing improper with President Donald Trump calling on the Ukraine and China to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in Madison, Wisconsin. Johnson says it is common for foreign governments to provide information to U.S. law enforcement agencies. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)

Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the House Intelligence Committee chairman who is leading the impeachment inquiry, said the president’s latest comments were further evidence of his betrayal of his duties.

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Trump told his Ukrainian counterpart that his country could improve its image if it completed corruption cases that have “inhibited the interaction between Ukraine and the USA Giuliani said Trump did not threaten to withhold U.S. funds from Ukraine if the country did not investigate Biden and Democrats.

“The president of the United States encouraging a foreign nation to interfere and help his campaign by investigating a rival is a fundamental breach of the president’s oath of office,” he told reporters. “It endangers our elections. It endangers our national security. It ought to be condemned by every member of this body, Democrats and Republicans alike.”

Mr. Trump has defended his conversation with Mr. Zelensky as “perfect” even after a reconstructed transcript of the call released by the White House showed him imploring the newly inaugurated Ukrainian leader to “do us a favor” by investigating the Bidens and other Democrats shortly after Mr. Zelensky discussed his need for more American aid to counter Russian aggression.

Undaunted by the criticism, Mr. Trump doubled down on that request on Thursday. “I would say that President Zelensky, if it were me, I would recommend that they start an investigation into the Bidens,” Mr. Trump told reporters. “Because nobody has any doubt that they weren’t crooked.”

Even as he seeks investigations of Democrats by Ukraine and China, the president and Attorney General William P. Barr have also solicited help from Australia, Italy and perhaps Britain to turn up information undermining the origin of Mr. Mueller’s investigation into ties between Russia and Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign.

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Mr. Giuliani has already publicly acknowledged pressing Ukrainian officials to investigate the Bidens , and Mr. Trump told reporters on Friday and The president’s interest over the summer in a Ukrainian investigation into Mr. Biden , a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination and the right to

" China should start an investigation into the Bidens ," Mr Trump said. The Democrats accuse the US president of improperly pressing Ukraine to undermine the election next year by digging dirt on Mr Biden . A phone call between Mr Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky triggered an

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In calling for China to investigate the Bidens, Mr. Trump referred to a business deal Hunter Biden was in that involved a fund drawing from investment from the Chinese government-owned Bank of China.

The fund was announced in late 2013 — days after Hunter Biden and one of his daughters flew to China from Japan aboard Air Force Two with the vice president, who was in the midst of a diplomatic mission to calm rising tensions in the region, warning Chinese leaders not to use fighter jets to enforce an air defense zone created by Beijing over contested waters. Hunter Biden and his daughter participated in a few public events there with Mr. Biden.

The conservative author Peter Schweizer claimed that Hunter Biden used the trip to secure a deal with the Bank of China. That allegation has been echoed by Mr. Trump’s allies, and by the president himself on Thursday.

But a lawyer for Hunter Biden has said that he did not conduct any business related to the China investment fund on that trip, and that he was never an equity owner in the fund while his father was vice president. Hunter Biden later acquired a 10 percent interest in the entity that oversees the fund, but to date has not received any money from the arrangement, according to the lawyer.

Mr. Trump on Thursday said he had not personally asked President Xi for assistance. “But it’s certainly something we can start thinking about because I’m sure that President Xi does not like being under that kind of scrutiny.”

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President, who is facing an impeachment inquiry over similar behavior with Ukraine, warns ‘If they don’t do what we want, we have tremendous power’.

President Donald Trump repeatedly urged Ukraine's president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden 's son Hunter, a new report says. At the time he was dismissed, the Times noted, the prosecutor was investigating the Ukraine gas company Burisma Holdings, whose board members

In his remarks Thursday, the president said Hunter Biden was not qualified for that sort of business dealing, noting that he had been discharged from the Navy Reserve after testing positive for cocaine. “He got kicked out of the Navy,” Mr. Trump said. “All of a sudden he’s getting billions of dollars. You know what they call that? They call that a payoff.”

In Ukraine, Hunter Biden served on the board of an energy company making as much as $50,000 a month. As vice president, his father pressured Ukraine to fire a prosecutor whose office had oversight of investigations into the oligarch who owned that energy company. By the time the elder Mr. Biden acted, there was no public evidence that the prosecutors’ office was actively pursuing any of the investigations.

But the oligarch’s allies say the prosecutor continued to use the threat of prosecution to try to solicit bribes from the oligarch and his team. The prosecutor was widely believed to be overlooking corruption in Ukraine and his ouster was favored by the United States, European leaders and international institutions. No evidence has emerged that Mr. Biden, who was carrying out Obama administration policy, was motivated by his son’s business interests.

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While the prosecutor’s ouster was welcomed by the oligarch’s team, the new prosecutor initially took a hard line against the oligarch and his companies. But within months, he had closed all “legal proceedings and pending criminal allegations” against the oligarch and his companies, according to the company for which Hunter Biden served as a board member.

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"They should investigate the Bidens ," Trump said. "Likewise, China should start an investigation into the Bidens , because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine." House Democrats, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, last week announced a formal

No authorities in United States, Ukraine or China have accused either Mr. Biden or his son of any legal wrongdoing and Mr. Trump did not explain what laws he believed might have been violated. But he did vaguely suggest without offering any evidence that Mr. Biden had been soft on China in terms of policy because of his son’s business interests.

“That’s probably why China had such a sweetheart deal that for so many years they’ve been ripping off our country,” Mr. Trump said.

Mr. Trump’s suggestion that China investigate the Bidens came as a delegation of senior Chinese officials is set to come to Washington next week for another round of trade negotiations. The two countries, which have been locked in a trade war, are hoping to make progress toward a deal after a breakdown in the talks in May, leading to an escalation of tariffs on each other’s goods.

Mr. Trump publicly continues to express ambivalence about the need for a deal while his advisers have been contemplating additional measures, such as banning Chinese companies from American stock exchanges, to inflict economic pain on China. The United States is scheduled to raise tariff rates on more Chinese imports on Oct. 15.

In recent weeks, Mr. Trump has been raising the issue of Hunter Biden’s business dealings in China along with his allegations that his business in Ukraine represented conflicts of interest for his father, charges amplified by Mr. Trump’s Republican allies.

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In August, Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the Republican chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin asking him whether the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States was improperly influenced by Mr. Biden in 2015 when it approved the acquisition of a United States automotive technology company, Henniges Automotive, by a Chinese company and an investment firm linked to Hunter Biden. The Treasury Department has said that it was reviewing the case.

Mr. Biden is not the only candidate in the race with a child who has done business in China. Mr. Trump’s elder daughter, Ivanka, a senior adviser on his White House staff, has received trademarks from China even after she closed her brand in 2018 because of worsening sales and questions of conflicts of interest.

As a result, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, a government watchdog group in Washington that has been sharply critical of Mr. Trump, has said that there will continue to be questions about whether the president is making certain foreign policy decisions to benefit his family.

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