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Trump says Bidens came up in Ukraine call

by Harvest Prude
Posted 9/23/19, 12:22 pm

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump said Sunday he had discussed former Vice President Joe Biden’s family with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The phone call in July became the subject of a whistleblower report that Congress and the White House sparred over last week. The president said he expressed concern about the business dealings of Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, in the country, but he did not offer anything in exchange for the Ukrainians to investigate.

What have the Bidens been up to in Ukraine? In 2016, Joe Biden, while serving as vice president, urged the Ukranian government to fire the country’s chief prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, for corruption. At the time, Shokin was investigating a Ukranian gas company that had Hunter Biden on its board of directors. The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate has denied allegations he acted to shield his son.

Dig deeper: Read a transcript of Trump’s remarks to the media about the matter and a letter from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., demanding the White House hand over the whistleblower’s complaint.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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    Posted: Mon, 09/23/2019 06:49 pm

    If Trump did this for his son? IMPEACHMENT!

    Dems never do anything illegal in their own eyes.

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    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Mon, 09/23/2019 06:58 pm

    I really like the "Dig Deeper" section with its two links: one to Trump's news interview and one to Pelosi's letter to her colleagues. It's important to notice, however, that Nancy Pelosi is not the originator of the request to obtain the whistleblower's statement. The law of the United States requires the procedure, completely apart from the speaker of the House. The World article does not mention this fact, which is the beginning point of the news. Following the procedure stated in US law, the whistleblower reported to the Inspector General, a Trump appointee. The IG in turn, stated that he found the whistleblower's complaint to be "credible" and an "urgent concern." He, according to law, forwarded the complaint to the acting Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire, also a Trump appointee. Maguire, however, decided to interpret the law himself, rather than follow it. He is refusing to pass on the complaint to the House or Senate. IG Atkinson disagrees with this decision, but because he determines himself to be under the Department of Justice (DNI is Justice Department), he won't go against Maguire's wishes. By the way, Atkinson was approved by the Senate, but Maguire is one of the many "acting" directors appointed by Trump--an acting director has not been approved. Therefore, the issue that has Pelosi and others all riled up, is twofold: 1) most importantly, Trump's administration is again flouting the Constitution by not allowing Congress to perform its lawful executive oversight function, and 2) it appears Trump once again has asked a foreign government (the Ukraine) to help him in his political fight with the perfectly legal opposition party, i.e., the Democratic candidate for president, Joe Biden. The Joe Biden thing is not new--it's already been investigated, and no wrongdoing has been found.

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    Posted: Tue, 09/24/2019 02:41 am

    Trump did all the wrongdoing and Biden and his son did nothing wrong. You are kidding aren’t you? How come his son is hired by a big Ukraining gas company and he was paid over $100,000 per month in payment for his services where the son had nothing to bring to the table as skills, other than his ties to his father!

  • SamIamHis
    Posted: Mon, 09/23/2019 08:21 pm

    There is far more to this story than is being reported.  President Trump appears to have been spied on by an American spy in one of our intelligence agencies. Why this spy was listening in on one of President Trump's phone conversations with a foreign leader is unknown at this time.  Was he requested to do this or was this of his own volition?  The president's conversations are always being listened to by an expected number of individuals which include members of the foreign government being called.

    President Trump, according to the Constitution of the United States, has vast power to speak, makes promises to or negotiate with foreign leaders.  What the Constitution does not do is give power to unelected, underling officials, who spy on the president to make determinations about these conversations.  The whistleblower act does not appear to cover an underling's opinions of these conversations. 

    The Whistleblower Act was intended to create a vehicle to report misconduct within the intelligence community.  The President has power over the intelligence community but he is not a member of those communities.  They report to him.  Again, he is given broad power to speak with foreign leaders and that power is not limited by the opinion of a spy, to a conversation where the discussion includes inappropriate behavior by members of the Biden family.  What the Bidens did actually occurred.  Why isn't Congress jumping up and down about that?



  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 09/23/2019 11:50 pm

    I’ve also found a report elsewhere, that when Vice President Biden was insisting the Ukraine President fire the Ukraine Attorney General, VP Biden also threatened to block $1 Billion in loan guarantees that were being sought by Ukraine. 

    The whole story will probably never see the light of day. 

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    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Tue, 09/24/2019 10:55 am

    Then can anyone explain why we even have a Director of National Intelligence Inspector General?