U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledged on Sunday that he discussed former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. with Ukraine’s president as Democrats ramped up calls for an investigation into whether he pressured a foreign leader to investigate his political opponent. The New York Times agency reported this.
It was reported that while Mr. Trump defended his July phone call with President Volodymyr Zelensky as perfectly appropriate, he confirmed that Mr. Biden came up during the discussion and that he accused the former vice president of corruption tied to his son Hunter’s business activities in that former Soviet republic.
“The conversation I had was largely congratulatory, with largely corruption, all of the corruption taking place and largely the fact that we don’t want our people like Vice President Biden and his son creating to the corruption already in the Ukraine,” Mr. Trump told reporters
Mr. Trump did not directly confirm news reports that he pressured Mr. Zelensky for an investigation. The Wall Street Journal has reported that Mr. Trump urged Mr. Zelensky about eight times during the July 25 phone call to work with the president’s lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, on an investigation of Mr. Biden and his son.
At the same time, Mr. Giuliani has already publicly acknowledged pressing Ukrainian officials to investigate the Bidens, and Mr. Trump told reporters on Friday and again over the weekend that the former vice president should be investigated without saying whether it came up during the phone call.
Earlier, the US Congress asked the administration of US President Donald Trump to provide a transcript of the conversation between the US leader and Ukrainian President on July 25
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the State Department would not publish a telephone conversation between President of the United States Donald Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky. He emphasized that the content of the negotiations was confidential, and therefore it would not be revealed.