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Trump admits talking to Ukraine about Biden, says nothing wrong with that

2019-09-23

President Trump said he’d discussed former Vice President Joe Biden and his son in a phone call with Ukraine’s president — the subject of a whistleblower complaint — but insisted he did nothing wrong.

“The conversation I had was largely congratulatory, was largely corruption, all of the corruption taking place, was largely the fact that we don’t want our people, like Vice President Biden and his son, creating to the corruption already in the Ukraine," Trump told reporters on the White House South Lawn on Sunday.

“Ukraine’s got a lot of problems,” he continued. “The new president is saying that he’s going to be able to rid the country of corruption and I said that would be a great thing. We had a great conversation. We had a conversation on many things.”

The comment came as a growing number of Democrats are talking about impeaching Trump over that very call — in which, according to several news outlets, Trump pressured his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate the ex-veep’s son Hunter Biden, who was on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.

The House Intelligence Committee is clamoring for a copy of an August whistleblower complaint stemming from the call.

Speaking later Sunday, Trump said he may release a transcript of the July 25 call, but contended foreign leaders don’t want such info to be made public so they can speak freely with him.

With News Wire Services