Trump calls for China to investigate Joe Biden

US President Donald Trump tells reporters that both Ukraine and China should investigate his potential 2020 election rival former vice president Joe Biden

Implicit in Trump's statements is that Joe Biden used his position to encourage Chinese officials to benefit his son's business dealings involving a private-equity venture in the country.

The former USA special envoy for Ukraine told House investigators that he urged Ukraine's leadership not to interfere in United States politics in a conversation that followed the phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky, according to two sources familiar with the testimony.

The Giuliani package contained "disinformation, debunked conspiracy theories, and baseless allegations" regarding the Bidens, Democrats said in a statement after meeting the inspector general.

They came from Volker, who testified behind closed doors Thursday after resigning last week.

On Aug. 16, the aide, Andriy Yermak, provided Volker with a draft but it included no reference to 2016 or Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company that Hunter Biden was involved in between 2014 and 2018. The context of Taylor's text message is not clear from the messages released by the committee.

Not only has no evidence emerged of the vice president's intervention, but it is unclear whether Hunter Biden derived any financial benefit from the venture in the first place. The complaint says Volker met in Kyiv with Zelenskiy and other Ukrainian political figures a day after the call, and he provided advice about how to "navigate" Trump's demands.

"There was definitely no quid pro quo, it was asked 20 different times", GOP Rep. Mark Meadows said after Volker's testimony. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched an impeachment inquiry September 24 after the White House released a memo detailing the July phone conversation.

Democrats threaten to subpoena White House for Ukraine call records
Marie Yovanovitch, who was USA ambassador to Ukraine until she was abruptly recalled in May, has agreed to appear on October 11. And they warned, "He should immediately cease intimidating department witnesses in order to protect himself and the president".

Zelensky talks about buying American oil and wanting to work with the USA on energy independence, but Perry and LNG are not discussed in the 5-page memo of the Trump-Zelensky call released by the White House, but there is no mention in the text messages of Perry playing a role in making this call happen, Axios said.

Anything less than a "through, transparent, and fair process would represent a supreme insult to our Constitution", he said.

In response, Pelosi wrote to McCarthy that "there is no requirement under the Constitution, under House Rules, or House precedent that the whole House vote before proceeding with an impeachment inquiry". "And we need a leader who will stand up for our values", she added.

A rough transcript released by the White House shows that during the call, Trump repeatedly pushed Zelensky to investigate Biden, Trump's potential 2020 political rival, and his son.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who admitted this week that he was on the call with Trump and Zelensky, sent a heated message to Democratic committee leaders, saying they're attempting to "intimidate, bully, & treat improperly the distinguished professionals of the Department of State". Because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine...

Marie Yovanovitch, a 33-year veteran of the State Department, had been working as the US Ambassador to Ukraine since 2016.

Volker and the two other diplomats _ William "Bill" Taylor, the charge d'affaires at the USA embassy in Ukraine, and Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union _ discussed the statement Zelenskiy would issue in support of the investigation.

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