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Trump parries Ukraine questions by flipping script to old bogeymen Mueller, Obama — and Hillary Clinton’s emails

2019-09-26

But what about Hillary Clinton’s 30,000 deleted emails?

President Trump sought to change the subject Wednesday by bringing up several blast-from-the-past right wing scandals including the Russia “witch hunt," President Obama’s myriad failings and even Hillary’s obstruction of the Republican probe into Benghazi.

“She said all those deleted emails were about a wedding and yoga,” Trump said with a smirk as he sat next to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. “She does a lot of yoga."

Trump pushed back hard against allegations that he tried to pressure Zelensky into investigating Joe Biden’s son, even though a transcript of two leaders’ July 25 call suggests he did just that. He continued to discuss Hunter Biden at the news conference, in case Zelensky did not understand how seriously Trump considers his cooperation in the matter.

Trump again branded the allegations as groundless partisan efforts to revive the Mueller “witch hunt” and claimed reporters also know that he never pressured Zelensky to investigate the supposed Hunter Biden scandal (although he again suggested it would be a good thing if someone investigated it since who walks away from Ukraine with $50 grand a month, you know?)

Zelensky, perhaps seeking to dispel the impression of the call that he was pandering to Trump, eagerly nodded agreement with Trump’s assessment that there was no pressure placed on him to do anything.

Beaming at his counterpart, Trump congratulated Zelensky on his recent election victory and said that Ukraine is filled with intelligent and talented people.

Then Trump went deep down the whataboutit rabbit hole.

Taking the bait from a reporter’s question about Clinton’s email, Trump recounted right-wing talking points that his former Democratic presidential rival deleted thousands of emails that might have revealed her complicity in the Benghazi attacks that killed several American diplomats.

Clinton failed to immediately respond to the outburst. Her latest tweet was a deadly serious call for Trump’s impeachment.

“The president of the United States has betrayed our country,” Clinton wrote.

The president of the United States has betrayed our country.

That’s not a political statement—it’s a harsh reality, and we must act.

He is a clear and present danger to the things that keep us strong and free.

I support impeachment.

Zelensky looked befuddled as Trump then turned to deriding Obama. Picking up when Zelensky thanked him for defense assistance, Trump said that Obama only sent “pillows” to help Ukraine.

And Hunter Biden? Trump said he wants to know how the Democratic front runner’s son got away with so much money from Ukraine, and a big pay day from China too.

Trump had nothing but praise for Rudy Giuliani, calling him a “terrific lawyer and terrific mayor."

He even said he loved his personal lawyer’s much-mocked television appearances in which he contradicted himself within a span of 30 seconds and waved his cell phone to demonstrate that he had kept State Department diplomats updated on his Ukraine “investigation.”