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Politics Collins: Trump's call for China to probe Biden 'completely inappropriate'

00:50  06 october  2019
00:50  06 october  2019 Source:   thehill.com

Donald Trump: China declines president's request to probe Joe Biden

  Donald Trump: China declines president's request to probe Joe Biden China has rejected Donald Trump's request to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, saying they want to steer clear of U.S. politics“We have no intention of intervening in the domestic affairs of the United States. Our position is consistent and clear," China foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in a report in the South China Morning Post, the main English-language newspaper in Hong Kong.

US President Donald Trump has called on China to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden , despite facing an impeachment probe for pressuring The comments are also reminiscent of his 2016 calls for Russia to release hack Hillary Clinton' s emails and release them, which hackers promptly did.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday publicly encouraged China to investigate Democratic political rival Joe Biden , snubbing his nose at an impeachment inquiry into whether a similar

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said on Saturday it was "completely inappropriate" for President Trump to urge China to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

Collins: Trump's call for China to probe Biden 'completely inappropriate'© Greg Nash Collins: Trump's call for China to probe Biden 'completely inappropriate'

"I thought the president made a big mistake by asking China to get involved in investigating a political opponent. ... It's completely inappropriate," Collins told the Bangor Daily News.

Collins's comments came after Trump suggested to reporters outside the White House on Thursday that China and Ukraine should investigate the Bidens.

Biden: Trump has 'indicted himself by his own statements'

  Biden: Trump has 'indicted himself by his own statements' Former Vice President Joe Biden said Friday that President Trump "indicted himself" after making public comments about Biden's role in the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor."He's indicted himself by his own statements," Biden told the SEIU forum in Los Angeles on Friday."This is not about me. It's not about my son," he continued. "There's not a shred of evidence there's been anything done that has been wrong." "He is unhinged. I worry about"He's indicted himself by his own statements," Biden told the SEIU forum in Los Angeles on Friday.

Most Republican leaders were silent or supportive of President Donald Trump ' s public call for another foreign government, China , to investigate his political Mitt Romney tweeted: “By all appearances, the President’s brazen and unprecedented appeal to China and to Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden is

“ China should start an investigation into the Bidens ,” Trump said in remarks to reporters outside the White House. Trump ’ s requests for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to dig up dirt on Biden , as well as Giuliani’s conduct, are at the center of an intelligence community whistleblower complaint

"China should start an investigation into the Bidens," Trump said in front of cameras on the South Lawn.

The president added that he had not explicitly asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to open such a probe but that it's "certainly something we can start thinking about."

Collins - who is up for reelection in a state won by Hillary Clinton in 2016 - is one of the few Republican senators who have publicly pushed back against Trump's comments. Most have remained silent as they are dispersed across the country and in the middle of a two-week recess.

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) said in a statement on Thursday night that "Americans don't look to Chinese commies for the truth" but also knocked House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) for running a "partisan clown show in the House."Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) pushed back forcefully on Thursday, calling Trump's rhetoric "wrong and appalling" and saying it "strains credulity to suggest that it is anything other than politically motivated."

Underscoring the risk for GOP senators who speak out against Trump, the president has spent the weekend lashing out at Romney, including calling him a "pompous 'ass'" and calling for his impeachment.

Cruz denounces Trump's call for China to probe Bidens

  Cruz denounces Trump's call for China to probe Bidens Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) denounced President Donald Trump’s call for China to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, becoming one of only a handful of Republican senators to openly criticize the brazen request for foreign interference in the 2020 election. © Mark Wilson/Getty Images Sen. Ted Cruz. “Of course not,” Cruz said to host Margaret Brennan during an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that aired Sunday, when questioned whether it was appropriate for Trump to ask Beijing to probe the Biden family.

Trump ’ s unprompted reference to China on Thursday came moments after he was asked about trade negotiations with the country. Speaking to reporters in Arizona, Pence, whose aides had previously tried to distance from the impeachment drama, echoed Trump ’ s call for investigation of the Bidens .

The boldness of Trump ’ s call on Thursday also suggests he will continue to act as though requests for other countries to investigate potential opponents in the 2020 election are In the case of both Ukraine and China , Trump has made his allegations against Biden without evidence of any wrongdoing.

Trump's suggestion that China should investigate the Bidens comes as House Democrats are at the start of an impeachment inquiry centered on allegations that Trump sought to withhold aid to Ukraine in an effort to get Kiev to launch a probe.

Collins told the Maine publication that she had concerns that Schiff "misrepresented and misled people about what was in the transcript in the call," an apparent reference to the summary Schiff offered during a public hearing.

Schiff's portrayal has earned fierce criticism from Republicans, who are expected to force a vote on a resolution to censure him. Schiff said that his summary of Trump's phone call with the Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky was supposed to be partly a parody.

No Senate Republican has backed an impeachment inquiry against the president, with several suggesting they think House Democrats are overplaying their hand.

Collins has previously declined to comment on impeachment and reiterated her position to the Bangor Daily News on Saturday.

"Should the articles of impeachment come to the Senate - and right now I'm going to guess that they will - I will be acting as a juror as I did in the Clinton impeachment trial," Collins said.

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