nearvideo President Trump weighs in the Ukraine controversy, says what Joe and Hunter Biden did was a disgrace
Trump addresses reporters as he arrives at the United Nations, says: “what did Biden was wrong.’
The Trump administration pushed back Tuesday in the result of a number of reports that the White house froze millions of aid to the Ukraine shortly before the President Trump under pressure leading the country to investigate, Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
The reports, coinciding with a renewed round of calls, including from more centrist Democrats, for a formal impeachment inquiry. Such calls came the day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested, you open the door to this way, when the administration to withhold continues to be, a whistleblower complaint, apparently, in the context of the trump card of the Ukraine discussions.
FLOOD OF HOUSE DEMOCRATS TO BACK IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY, IN THE MIDST OF BOMB REPORTS TRUMP BACK UKRAINE HELD HELP
Multiple administration sources confirmed to Fox News on Tuesday that the Office of Management and Budget, in fact, the State Department and the Department of Defense said in July it was putting a hold on almost $ 400 million in assistance for Ukraine.
But the administration sources told Fox News that the reason for the freeze was tied to the Ukrainian aid to concerns about corruption. Sources said that Trump wanted to be sure that the next government of Vladimir Zelensky will take steps, the corruption, before the release of the funds.
Aid for the Ukraine also, according to the source, came up in connection with other countries and ask if they paid their share.
The White house decision to release the funds was ultimately in the middle of August, after sen Rob Portman, R-Ohio, called the President and said that Ukraine is in urgent need of aid, according to administration sources.
The White house, at the time, was also against an appropriation “impoundment” period, which meant, it would be the money spent or seized. The White house has been forced to justify before the court, the seizure, the sources said don’t do it.
The White house, though, has denied the allegations that the freezing of the Ukrainian aid was tied to the allegations, to examine the President asked Zelensky, the three-piece.
“The media pushed the Russia for almost 3 years with no evidence, and now you are all always do it again,” White house Deputy spokesman Hogan Gidley told Fox News. “These allegations are completely false, but because the media want this story to be true so badly, you’ll recover a frenzy, and to ignorant, to attack fake stories President.”
In remarks to reporters at the United Nations Monday, Trump best, but also the linking of the aid money to the Ukraine, the investigation is ride.
“No, I don’t—I haven’t” Trump said, even calling the Biden’s actions in Ukraine a “disgrace,” and add: “It is very important, on corruption spoken of…Why you should give money to a country that you think is corrupt?”
But Democrats are concerned, the President can essentially withheld money to the Ukraine as a lever, a study of the three-piece — which is now prompting calls for the re-impeachment.
The excitement began after a whistleblower lawsuit was reported last week that involved allegations that Trump has an unknown “promise” to Zelensky. A person familiar with the situation told Fox News that the whistleblower in question is not “first Hand knowledge” of trump conversation with Zelensky, but Democrats see the appeal.
SOURCE FOX NEWS: WHISTLE-BLOWER CALL THEM, HAD NO FIRST-HAND KNOWLEDGE OF TRUMP
Joe Biden has confirmed that, during the Obama administration, which he successfully pressured Ukraine to fire its top Prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, who was the investigation of the natural gas company Burisma Holdings, where Hunter Biden was on the Board. Trump and his allies have publicly expressed concerns about the now-democratic presidential candidate for the role.
Nevertheless, the Democrats, the reports, and new allegations against the President, to press forward—even if it risks backfiring by exposing possible misconduct by Biden.
Late Monday evening, a number of key swing-district Democrats have publicly offered their support for opening a formal impeachment inquiry. Seven centrist Democratic freshman lawmakers who served in the military and national security, announced in an op-ed in The Washington Post, to examine that if Trump put under pressure Zelensky, the three-part political benefit, it is impeachable. The lawmakers included Reps. Gil Cisneros, of California, Jason Crow of Colorado, Chrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania, Elaine Luria of Virginia, Mike Sherrill, New Jersey, Elissa Slotkin, of Michigan, and Abigail clamping Berger of Virginia.
The Democrats wrote in The Washington Post, they “come to this conclusion lightly.”
“These accusations are stunning, both in the national security threat that emanates from them and the possible corruption that they represent,” the lawmakers said. “These new allegations are a threat to all, to protect the we have sworn. We need to preserve the checks and balances envisioned by the founders and restore the confidence of the American people in our government And that is what we intend to do.”
Also, later Monday evening, and Hawaii Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz and Michigan democratic Republic of the Debbie Dingell is in favour of a prosecution request. Such an investigation would not be an impeachment vote, but rather an investigative process could lead to actual impeachment.
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It 154 the house are now Democrats, who have signaled strong support for a possible indictment and trial. (235 Democrats and 198 Republicans in the house, with one independent, and a majority would be required to successfully indict the President. To condemn a unlikely that two-thirds of the votes in the GOP-controlled Senate is required to remove the President.)
Fox News Gregg Re contributed to this report.