Biden Accuses Trump Of Abusing Power To Smear Him

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Joe Biden hit back Saturday after being swept up in President Donald Trump’s latest national controversy, providing an early look at how he’ll respond to Trump’s attacks.

Last week, The Washington Post reported that Trump pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate a company with ties to Biden’s son Hunter. Trump’s request seemed designed to elicit damaging information about a political rival ahead of the 2020 election.

Biden, the top-polling 2020 Democratic presidential candidate who beats Trump in head-to-head matchups in battleground states and nationwide, said Saturday that if the president did that, it’s only because “he knows I’ll beat him like a drum.”

Biden also challenged Trump to release a transcript of his phone call with the Ukrainian leader.

Biden found himself at the center of a massive political scandal that includes unfounded accusations spread by Trump and his allies that Biden used his influence as vice president to help his son with a business deal.

Trump and his allies reportedly asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to look into Biden’s efforts in 2016 to convince Ukraine to fire its top prosecutor, who at the time was also investigating a natural gas company that employed Hunter.

Biden said he knew nothing of his son’s business deal and was acting on behalf of the United States, which saw the prosecutor as ineffective at stamping out corruption.

The Biden campaign sent a lengthy memo to reporters Saturday listing quotes from various news outlets, including the Kyiv Post in Ukraine, discrediting Trump’s attack.

The memo seems part of a larger Biden campaign effort to get ahead of the story and keep history from repeating itself – if Trump keeps peddling the story, it could dog his campaign just as Hillary Clinton’s emails dogged hers.

Biden, campaigning at the Iowa Steak Fry, wouldn’t say whether Trump deserves to be impeached over his alleged conversations with Zelensky, but said the House should investigate.

“This appears to be an overwhelming abuse of power, to get on the phone with a foreign power who is looking for help from the United States and ask about me, if that’s what happened, that’s what appears to have happened,” Biden told reporters. “Trump’s doing this because he knows I will beat him like a drum and is using the abuse of power and every element of the presidency to try and smear.”

Other Democratic presidential hopefuls also referenced the story in their Iowa remarks. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., referenced Trump’s alleged conversation with the Ukrainian president when she spoke to voters Saturday. “Just in the last 48 hours, yet again, we find that he is in cahoots with a foreign government to manipulate the outcome of this election for president of the United States,” Harris said.

Trump has neither confirmed or denied that he spoke to Zelensky about Biden, saying only that his conversations with the foreign leader were appropriate and calling these latest allegations another witch hunt.

News of the call came to light after an intelligence official whistleblower shared with the intelligence agency’s inspector general that the official had heard the president make a promise to a foreign leader that wasn’t appropriate. Subsequent reporting has found that the call was with Ukraine and related to Trump’s desire to get dirt on his possible political opponent.

However, no one has seen the actual complaint filed by the whistleblower because Congress hasn’t been provided a copy.

 (c) 2019, The Washington Post · Colby Itkowitz  

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6 COMMENTS

  1. He Joseph Robinette jr. If you can’t take the heat get out of the kitchen. President Trump has gotten the smear from your ilk since the day he’s gotten elected – did you ever opine to object or did you revel in the negative press he’s gotten. Just because he doesn’t have the teflon coating Bill, Barak and you have. If it’s too hot in there, follow Wilhelm jr. and Booky!

  2. “Biden said he knew nothing of his son’s business deal”

    If true, perhaps that opens the question of just what else he doesn’t know? Seems his own son Hunter had given an interview in July with the “New Yorker” where he openly mentioned that he had earlier discussed the oil company in question (and his own involvement) with his father. Seems indeed the father does forget a lot, and maybe just too much to be functional as President. And when was the alleged Trump call to Ukraine? Also in July. Is there are connection? And does this indicate whether or not the concern about Biden is legitimate?

  3. Politico, which is hardly in Trump’s corner, published an article (which was heavily spun to point accusing finger at Trump) in early 2017 that the original investigation into Paul Manafort was through the DNC contacts with Ukranian officials. That certainly yielded results as we see what happened to Manafort. As much as that was downplayed by the article, it still admits that the original politically motivated involvement in the elections by a foreign power, the Ukraine, was through the DNC. Now that Trump simply wants “more” information from that same Ukraine, it is somehow deemed “bad” just because it might involve a Democrat. Horror.

    Perhaps what really scares these Democrats is that such a direct approach to the Ukraine might uncover so much more about the DNC inspired Ukranian interference in the election?

  4. Hey Joe. It’s time you come clean and reveal everything you know about your corrupt son’s dealings with the Ukrainian government. What happened to Bill Barr?! Why has he suddenly disappeared from the public scene? Was he beaten down like Jeff Sessions was? During the Obama administration, Eric Holder was a bulldog and ran roughshod over the hapless Republicans. Why can’t the Republicans get a normal Attorney General who will carry out the will of the voters???

  5. Who’s the better actor between the two? This new Biden guy or President Trump? This Biden will “officially” drop out right before election. After all, he’s only replacing the real Biden who will not be running.

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