Trump tries to move Ukraine scandal's focus toward Biden

Source: Politico | September 21, 2019 | Christian Vasquez

President Donald Trump on Saturday sought to deflect the glare of the Ukraine whistleblower controversy onto Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, echoing a public campaign by his allies to discredit his potential political opponent while continuing to play down his own role in it.

“The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, want to stay as far away as possible from the Joe Biden demand that the Ukrainian Government fire a prosecutor who was investigating his son, or they won’t get a very large amount of U.S. money, so they fabricate a story about me and a perfectly fine and routine conversation I had with the new President of the Ukraine.” Trump wrote.

“Nothing was said that was in any way wrong, but Biden’s demand, on the other hand, was a complete and total disaster. The Fake News knows this but doesn’t want to report!” Trump continued.

In Trump’s most direct comments yet on Biden, he amplified allegations that during the Obama administration, the then-vice president threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. aid from Ukraine while demanding the firing of a state prosecutor who was looking into a gas company where Biden’s son, Hunter, held a board position.

Citing a potential conflict of interest, PolitiFact has rated similar allegations against Biden as “half-true,” with the caveat that the accusation overreaches “by assuming that Joe Biden acted to protect the company his son was affiliated with,” and noting that the Ukrainian prosecutor had drawn widespread criticism on his record of fighting corruption.

Trump’s claim comes after multiple reports that the president repeatedly pressed Ukrainian officials to investigate Hunter Biden, prompting a whistleblower complaint by an intelligence official and a stonewalled congressional review.

Trump on Friday did not deny that he discussed the Biden allegations with a foreign leader, but asserted that his exchanges with fellow heads of government are “always appropriate.”

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  •  EVERYDAY #31809

    Trump has a history of skirting or outright violating the law and getting away with it. He also can’t stand competition and will do whatever it takes, whether it’s illegal or unethical or both — to “win.” He proved that during the bitter primary fight with Ted Cruz and even before when he was still that “successful businessman.” He has never played fair.

    In this case he has created a scandal involving Biden’s son, Hunter — trying to make it appear that father and son have done something wrong. It appears the Ukranian prosecutor already found no evidence of wrongdoing, but Trump can’t let it go. So he is tying to get the Ukranian president to manufacture some wrongdoing against Biden and his son anyway. What he’s doing is illegal and unethical, but Trump has to “win” and he will do anything to achieve it. And whoever it was who blew the whistle can’t even be heard by congress. You know Trump or someone on his behalf has a hand in that too.

    Trump needs to be taken down. How much wrongdoing has he already been accused of? And now this. When is someone going to stand up, say “no more” and get this guy out of the White House?

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