Biden calls for release of Trump's phone call with Ukraine

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Friday called on President Donald Trump to make public a July phone call at the center of a report that Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to find dirt on Biden’s family.

“If these reports are true, then there is truly no bottom to President Trump’s willingness to abuse his power and abase our country,” Biden said in a statement. “Such clear-cut corruption damages and diminishes our institutions of government by making them tools of a personal political vendetta.”

Biden’s comments come after a report that Trump pressured Ukrainian officials to investigate a potential political opponent — a call that reportedly prompted a whistleblower complaint by a member of the intelligence community that has been stonewalled from congressional review.

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani admitted Thursday evening to asking Ukraine to investigate Biden during a rambling — and at times contradictory — interview, having previously claimed that Biden as vice president tried to shield his son Hunter from investigation over ties with a Ukrainian gas company. Biden has denied those allegations.

Trump said the contents of his phone call with the Ukrainian president were “totally appropriate,” but did not answer whether he asked to investigate Biden, according to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the nature of the phone call.

Article originally published on POLITICO Magazine


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