Last week, media reports claimed that Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky over the summer to investigate allegations that former VP Joe Biden used his influence during his time in office to help his son, Hunter Biden, land a profitable financial deal in Ukraine.
The reports stated that Trump’s pressuring of Zelensky came at the request of his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who has been trying to get to the bottom of the allegations which are actually several months old:
-- The Hill’s ace investigative reporter John Solomon noted in April:
Two years after leaving office, Joe Biden couldn’t resist the temptation last year to brag to an audience of foreign policy specialists about the time as vice president that he strong-armed Ukraine into firing its top prosecutor.
In particular, Biden threatened — on behalf of the Obama administration — then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that the U.S. would withhold $1 billion in loan guarantees if Kiev didn’t fire a prosecutor who was looking into alleged widespread corruption involving “the natural gas firm Burisma Holdings that employed Biden’s younger son, Hunter, as a board member,” Solomon noted.
-- There was actually a time earlier this year when the mainstream media was reporting this cozy little relationship and Joe Biden’s interference. President Trump on Saturday actually tweeted out a montage of media reports involving Hunter Biden’s sweet deal in Ukraine and dad’s involvement in getting the prosecutor fired.
Though Joe Biden claimed that “not a single credible media outlet” gave any credence at all to the allegations that he ran interference on behalf of his son, the video montage that the president tweeted out tells a very different story — not that we expect Biden to be honest about anything.
Hunter Biden, at the time, was being paid tens of thousands of dollars a month by the gas firm to ‘consult’ — as a board member, the press reported.
Now, suddenly, after sort of simmering under the mainstream media radar for most of five years, all of this is Trump’s scandal. Huh?
-- As Zero Hedge reports, the scandal story began as an intelligence community “whistleblower” claimed that Trump made pledges to the Ukrainian leader that were not appropriate. But now, we have since learned that the president’s conversation was indeed about reopening the probe into the gas company and into the Bidens’ involvement, and that there was no quid pro quo arrangement, as Democrats and their media allies claim.
And now, the president is using the power of his office and social media presence to expose the Biden-Biden scandal story big time.
“The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, want to stay as far away as possible from the Joe Biden demand that the Ukrainian Government fire a prosecutor who was investigating his son, or they won’t get a very large amount of U.S. money, so they fabricate a story about me and a perfectly fine and routine conversation I had with the new President of the Ukraine," Trump said on Twitter.
“Nothing was said that was in any way wrong, but Biden’s demand, on the other hand, was a complete and total disaster. The Fake News knows this but doesn’t want to report!"
The president’s campaign also kicked in some tweets:
-- As The National Sentinel reported, the investigation into the gas firm employing Hunter Biden was rapidly dropped after Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin was fired.
As for Biden the Elder, he popped off to the press that the president should release a transcript of his call with the Ukrainian president — as if that’s ever a standard he would have supported with his boss, Barack Obama.
“If these reports are true, then ... It means that he [Trump] used the power and resources of the United States to pressure a sovereign nation—a partner that is still under direct assault from Russia—pushing Ukraine to subvert the rule of law in the express hope of extracting a political favor,” Biden said.
But of course, as The National Sentinel noted Saturday, Biden’s words are about as empty as his head: He obviously doesn’t want anyone to remember that time when he actually did the same thing he is accusing Trump of doing.
“I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion.’ I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,’” Biden says he told Poroshenko.
“Well, son of a b***h, he got fired,” Biden continued.
Just more corruption involving yet another ranking official in the scandal-ridden Obama administration.