The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that President Donald Trump “repeatedly pressed” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Hunter Biden’s involvement with a Ukraine natural gas company, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden.
According to the Jornal, Trump asked Zelensky “about eight” different times to work with his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on a probe of Hunter Biden in a move aimed at crippling Joe Biden’s 2020 White House bid.
“He told him that he should work with [Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani] on Biden, and that people in Washington wanted to know,” one of WSJ’s sources claims.
Trump on Friday told reporters that his call with the Ukrainian president was “totally appropriate,” but declined to discuss what was said during the call.
“It doesn’t matter what I discussed, but I’ll tell you this, somebody ought to look into Joe Biden’s statement,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office during a meeting with the Australian prime minister.
The Journal’s report came as Ukraine’s interior minister, who would be in charge of any investigation of Hunter Biden, told the Daily Beast that Trump “is looking” for Ukraine officials to investigate business dealings of Biden’s son in that country in an effort “to discredit” Biden as he seeks the Democratic presidential nomination.
Geraschenko said that Ukraine is ready to investigate Hunter Biden’s relationship with the Ukraine gas company “as soon as there is an official request.”
“Clearly, Trump is now looking for kompromat to discredit his opponent Biden, to take revenge for his friend Paul Manafort, who is serving seven years in prison,” Geraschenko told The Daily Beast. Kompromat is a Russian word that means “compromising material.”
Trump’s contacts with Ukraine have come under intense scrutiny after a whistleblower filed a complaint related to Trump’s communications with Ukraine.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ripped into Trump on Friday after Giuliani admitted to CNN’s Chris Cuomo that he asked Ukraine to look into former Vice President Joe Biden.
“The president asked a foreign power to help him win an election. Again,” Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, tweeted.
The president asked a foreign power to help him win an election.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 20, 2019