UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The two contenders in the race to the White House again exchanged accusations on Saturday over the case sparked by an intelligence agent, related to their relations with Ukraine.
US media have accused President Donald Trump of encouraging Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelinsky during a telephone call to investigate activities in Ukraine for the son of Joe Biden, the leading Democratic candidate for the upcoming presidential elections in 2020.
The charges were based on information provided by a US intelligence agent who listened to Trump’s call with his Ukrainian counterpart.
“All this looks like a massive abuse of power,” Biden said during an election rally in Des Moines, Iowa.
“I know exactly who I dealt with,” Biden said. “He takes advantage of power whenever he has the chance, and if he feels his power may be threatened, he will not back down.”
“But the issue here goes beyond all limits,” he said.
Biden had demanded that Trump “publish the minutes of the telephone call so that the American people themselves can govern.”
In a series of tweets, Trump accused his Democrat opponent of demanding, as vice president, that he remove a Ukrainian prosecutor “who was investigating the activities of his son.”
Hunter Biden, the second son of Senator Joe Biden, worked for a Ukrainian gas group from 2014 when his father was vice president Barack Obama.
Asked about Trump’s accusations, Biden said Saturday: “I never talked to my son about his professional activities abroad,” adding that “everyone has investigated this case and everyone asserts that they have found nothing.”
Trump on Saturday posted a video of a media investigation into the issue when the media touched on it in 2015. Joe Biden is seen to have intervened and demanded the expulsion of the Ukrainian attorney general, but at the same time it has nothing to do with his son.
Trump accuses the media of avoiding talking about Biden’s son, and asserts that the media “have fabricated all this story and there is only a routine telephone conversation with Ukrainian President” Volodymyr Zelinsky.
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