President Donald Trump was accused of promoting accusations without evidence with the purpose of damaging former Vice President Joe Biden before the presidential election in 2020, by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calf.) as he was talking on this topic on “This Week’’ on ABC News. He said:
“There is no evidence nor has there ever been any evidence that he was doing anything but trying to get the Ukraine government to crack down on corruption. They’ve had an endemic corruption problem, and that is what Joe Biden was trying to address.’’
Last Friday, Trump said that it would be appropriate for him to discuss opening an investigation into Joe Biden and his family with Attorney General William Barr.
According to The Hill, the comment stems from Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, last week calling for an investigation into Biden. The call came after The New York Times reported that Biden was vice president in 2016, he allegedly threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees unless the country removed a top prosecutor. The prosecutor, who had been accused of ignoring corruption in his own office, was later voted out.
Hunter Biden, the son of the former vice president, was a board member of a Ukrainian energy company that the prosecutor was looking for, but for now, there is no evidence that Joe Biden worked in his son’s interest.
On this, Schiff added:
“Going after his son is just a method of going after someone the president believes in his most formidable opponent.’’
He was also asked if it was appropriate for Hunter Biden to work in Ukraine during the mandate of his father, to which Schiff replied that he did not know the circumstances in which the son of the former vice president took the job.