Trump Pressured Ukraine President To Investigate Biden: Reports
The fight over a mysterious intelligence whistle-blower complaint is shining new attention on Democratic accusations that U S president Trump has improperly implored the Ukrainian government to investigate one of the president’s main political opponents -- Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden. Trump held a phone call on July 25 with Ukraine’s new president, where he pressed Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Biden’s son, according to a person familiar with the call. The whistle-blower from the intelligence community, who hasn’t been publicly identified, raised concerns about Trump’s interactions with a foreign leader. The complaint includes references to Trump’s phone call with Zelenskiy, according to the ‘Washington Post’. The Zelenskiy call, which came one day after Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified to Congress about his investigation into Trump and Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, has prompted Democrats to accuse the president of seeking help from a foreign country for his 2020 re-election bid. Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community’s inspector general, told the House Intelligence panel in a closed-door briefing Thursday that the whistle-blower’s complaint focused on a specific sequence of events, according to a person in the room. Atkinson wouldn’t say whether those events involved the president. Trump dismissed the Sept. 12 complaint from the whistleblower within the intelligence community as a partisan hit against him.