United State President Trump on Monday swatted away growing pressure from Democrats demanding his impeachment from office, rejecting accusations he had promised to offer support to his Ukraine counterpart only if he investigates his political contender Joe Biden.
Following the battering by burgeoning scandal during his first day at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, President Trump tried to shove the controversy toward Joe Biden, accusing him without proof of engaging in corruption in Ukraine.
Trump’s major rivals Democrats have fumed as the US President Trump’s administration has blocked Congress from obtaining a whistleblower’s secret complaint allegedly detailing the president’s actions, and they ramped up their request for the document that prompted the latest crisis.
The major issue borders on President Trump’s July phone call with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky, and a possible attempt to influence Ukraine’s president into probing Joe Biden’s son’s business activities in Ukraine in the past.
In a startling admission, Trump acknowledged addressing alleged corruption involving Biden and his son Hunter on the call.
“Joe Biden and his son are corrupt,” he said in a bald attack, providing few details other than to say Hunter Biden, who once served on a Ukrainian natural gas company’s board, “took money from Ukraine.”
He insisted that, in his phone call with the Ukraine president, “I put no pressure on them whatsoever,” and “I did not make a statement that you have to do this or I won’t give you aid.”
In reply, Biden attacked back on Twitter: “So release the transcript of the call then.”
Meanwhile, there hasn’t been any evidence of misconduct in Ukraine by Joe Biden’s son.
If the administration does not produce the whistleblower complaint, “they will be entering a grave new chapter of lawlessness which will take us into a whole new stage of the investigation,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who so far has hesitated to start impeachment.
The Democratic chairpersons of three key intelligence-related House committees on Monday have threatened subpoenas against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo if he fails to produce documents relating to a meeting between Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Ukrainian authorities.
They made clear that seeking to enlist a foreign actor to interfere with elections undermines the United States sovereignty and democracy, “yet the president and his personal attorney now appear to be openly engaging in precisely this type of abuse of power involving the Ukrainian government ahead of the 2020 election.”
Several Democrats are of the opinion that President Trump’s phone call for Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden’s son was a threat to condition $250 million in an assistant to Ukraine if the country does so, is an impeachable offense.