President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE signaled Wednesday that he would make the dealings of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE and his son Hunter in Ukraine a “major issue” during the presidential campaign should Biden win the Democratic nomination.
“That will be a major issue in the campaign. I will bring that up all the time because I don’t see any way out,” Trump told Fox News host Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityHannity calls for abolishing chokeholds: Develop ‘rigorous system’ to hold ‘crooked cops accountable’ Former NYPD commissioner Kelly: If unrest continues, ‘we are going to need the National Guard’ Cable news audience numbers jump amid coronavirus, protests MORE in an interview that aired Wednesday night. “I don’t believe they’ll be able to answer those questions.”
Hannity specifically asked Trump whether he would make allegations of corruption on the part of Biden and his family in Ukraine an issue on the campaign trail.
Trump and his allies have amplified discredited allegations that Biden, as vice president, pushed for the removal of a Ukrainian prosecutor in order to help shield his son, who at the time was working for Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings, from scrutiny.
Trump in July urged Ukraine’s president to investigate the Bidens in a call that ultimately led to Trump’s impeachment in the Democrat-controlled House, but the allegations have seemed to fade from public attention since the conclusion of the impeachment trial last month. Trump was acquitted of both charges — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — by the GOP-controlled Senate in two near party-line votes.
Trump has insisted he did nothing wrong in his actions, accusing Democrats of a partisan “witch hunt” meant to damage his election prospects.
Trump asserted Wednesday that the Bidens’ actions were “totally corrupt” and that the media did not sufficiently scrutinize them. The president pointed to what he described as a “mild question” about Hunter Biden’s business dealings that CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked the former vice president during a Democratic primary debate in October.
Trump’s remarks came the same day that Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Republicans release newly declassified intelligence document on FBI source Steele Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos MORE (R-Wis.) told reporters he would likely release an interim report on his committee’s investigation of Hunter Biden’s dealings with Burisma within the next one to two months.
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Johnson said the timing of the investigation had nothing to do with the election but that, if he were a Democratic primary voter, he would “want these questions satisfactorily answered before I cast my final vote,” according to Politico.
Biden is viewed as the new front-runner for the Democratic nomination for president after a strong showing on Super Tuesday.
Trump said Wednesday that he believed Biden would be the nominee, before adding “I just know how he gets across the line” and pointing to Biden’s recent gaffes.