Trump Calls On Putin To Release Harmful Information About Hunter Biden

Washington- Former President Donald Trump has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to release information about Hunter Biden, President Biden’s son, and his alleged business dealings with oligarchs in Eastern Europe in a new interview published Tuesday.

Trump made the remark in an interview with the TV show “Just the News” on Real America’s Voice, citing a 2020 report by Republicans on two Senate panels who accused corruption charges against the business dealings of Mr. Biden and Hunter Biden in Ukraine investigated. †

Senate Republicans claimed that an investment company co-founded by Hunter Biden received a $3.5 million wire transfer in 2014 from Elena Baturina, whose late husband Yury Luzhkov was the former mayor of Moscow.

“As long as Putin isn’t exactly a fan of our country, let him explain…why did the mayor of Moscow’s wife give the Bidens, both, $3.5 million? That’s a lot of money. She gave them $3.5 million,” Trump said in the interview from his South Florida property, Mar-a-Lago. “So now I would think Putin would know the answer to that. I think he should release it. I think we should know that answer.”

Trump went on to claim that Putin “would probably be willing to give that answer now.”

The former president made the accusation regularly during the 2020 presidential campaign, at rallies and during a debate with Mr Biden. A lawyer for Hunter Biden has repeatedly denied that his client co-founded the investment company, Rosemont Seneca Thornton, and therefore did not receive the $3.5 million.

“Hunter Biden had no interest in and was not a co-founder of Rosemont Seneca Thornton, so the claim that he would have been paid $3.5 million is false,” Hunter Biden’s attorney George Mesires told PolitiFact in 2020.

White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield criticized Trump for his comments, noting during the White House press conference: “What kind of American, let alone an ex-president, thinks now is the right time to to make a deal with Vladimir Putin and brag about his connections with Vladimir Putin? There is only one and that is Donald Trump.”

The former president’s comments were also criticized by Utah GOP Senator Mitt Romney, who called Putin “one of the worst people on Earth.”

“I don’t think Vladimir Putin should be one of the people we go to for favors right now,” he told reporters on Capitol Hill, adding, “America shouldn’t be asking for favors.”

Trump has repeatedly alleged that Hunter Biden engaged in misconduct regarding his business dealings in Ukraine and Eastern Europe while his father served as vice president, and he has in the past called on other countries to disclose harmful information about his political opponents. to announce.

In 2016 during his presidential race against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, then-Trump candidate urged Russia to release emails stored on Clinton’s private email server, which she used during her tenure in the administration.

“Russia, if you listen, I hope you can find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” he said at a news conference.

Notably, ahead of the 2020 presidential election, Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to open an investigation into Mr Biden and his son in exchange for crucial military aid. The former president’s actions regarding withholding assistance led to his impeachment by the House on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Trump was acquitted by the Senate on both charges.

Hunter Biden is since 2018 in research for his tax affairs. The probe continues.

Jack Turman contributed to this report.

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