AFP: Trump says he put 'no pressure' on Ukraine, as tension mounts23 September 2019 | 23:14 | FOCUS News Agency
Trump said he is "not at all" worried about an impeachment threat and tried to make the controversy about Biden, accusing the former vice president, without evidence, of engaging in corruption in Ukraine.
Democrats have fumed as Trump's administration has blocked Congress from obtaining a whistleblower's secret complaint allegedly detailing the president's actions, and they ramped up their demands for the document that sparked the latest crisis.
The complaint reportedly centers on Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky, and a possible attempt to coerce him into digging up damning information about Biden's son's business dealings in Ukraine.
Trump has acknowledged that the conversation addressed alleged corruption involving Biden and son Hunter.
On Monday, he leveled bald attacks on the Democratic frontrunner in the 2020 White House race.
"Joe Biden and his son are corrupt," he said, providing few details other than to say Hunter Biden, who once served on a Ukrainian natural gas company's board, "took money from Ukraine."
He also insisted that, in his call with the Ukrainians, "I put no pressure on them whatsoever," and "I did not make a statement that you have to do this or I won't give you aid."
Trump also signaled he might release a transcript of the "very honorable call" with Zelensky.
Biden fired back on Twitter: "So release the transcript of the call then."
To date, there has been no evidence of illegal conduct in Ukraine by the Bidens.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who so far has hesitated to call for impeachment, signaled that her position could change.
If the administration does not produce the whistleblower complaint, "they will be entering a grave new chapter of lawlessness which will take us into a whole new stage of investigation," she said Sunday.
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