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President Trump in a July phone call repeatedly pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden ’s son, urging Volodymyr Zelensky about eight times to work with Rudy Giuliani, his personal lawyer, on a probe, according to people familiar with the matter.
“He told him that he should work with [Mr. Giuliani] on Biden, and that people in Washington wanted to know” whether allegations were true or not, one of the people said. Mr. Trump didn’t mention a provision of foreign aid to Ukraine on the call, said this person, who didn’t believe Mr. Trump offered the Ukrainian president any quid-pro-quo for his cooperation on any investigation.
The article goes on to state the following:
Mr. Giuliani in June and August met with top Ukrainian officials about the prospect of an investigation, he said in an interview. The Trump lawyer has suggested Mr. Biden as vice president worked to shield from investigation a Ukrainian gas company with ties to his son, Hunter Biden. A Ukrainian official earlier this year said he had no evidence of wrongdoing by Mr. Biden or his son.
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President Trump responded to the matter during a press briefing in the Oval Office on Friday. he said that someone should look into Joe Biden’s statement, but noted that the media won’t cover it because “he’s a Democrat.”
“Keep asking questions and build it up as big as possible so you can have a bigger downfall,” Trump quipped to reporters as they continued pressing him about the story.
Q: “You want to address this whistle-blower story?”
President Trump: “It’s ridiculous…It’s just another political hack job…I don’t know the identity of the whistle-blower. I just hear it’s a partisan person.” pic.twitter.com/6XAWA0001Z
— CSPAN (@cspan) September 20, 2019
President Trump in a July phone call repeatedly pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, urging Volodymyr Zelensky about 8x to work with Rudy Giuliani, his personal lawyer https://t.co/Di94fygXNh
— Vivian Salama (@vmsalama) September 20, 2019
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