"China Should Start An Investigation Into The Bidens", Says Donald Trump

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Former US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker told the House Intelligence Committee in private testimony that he warned President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani that he was receiving unreliable information from certain Ukrainian politicians about former VP Joe Biden and his son Hunter, media reported. Beijing does "not want to be involved or seen involved in the United States presidential elections,"said Mr Jeffrey Bader, a former special assistant to President Barack Obama for national security and a top Asia advisor".

The Republican president, the subject of an impeachment inquiry in Congress for asking Ukraine's president to investigate the Bidens, upped the ante by calling on China to "start an investigation" into 2020 presidential hopeful Mr Biden and his businessman son Hunter. "So I would say with President Zelensky, if it were me, I would recommend they start an investigation into the Bidens, because nobody has any doubt that they weren't crooked".

"I haven't, but clearly it's something we should start thinking about", the president said, once again sending the Twittersphere into overdrive.

Trump, referring to a controversy surrounding Clinton's emails, said at that time: "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing".

The Ukraine investigation has angered Trump, whose volatile presidency survived a two-year federal probe that found Russian Federation had intervened to help him win the White House in 2016. Trump provoked a firestorm of outrage and triggered an impeachment probe after it emerged that he had asked Ukraine leader Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the Bidens.

Mr. Trump has claimed with no evidence that Mr. Biden's efforts in 2016 to have Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin fired were motivated by Mr. Shokin's attempt to investigate gas company Burisma, which employed Hunter Biden.

Both the transcript of a call Trump had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the complaint have been released to the public.

He also expressed concern that U.S. Representative Eliot Engel, the Democratic House foreign affairs chairman, had ceded oversight of U.S. foreign policy to the Intelligence Committee because that panel, he said, would lead the questioning of Volker.

"Because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine", Trump said. "They call that a payoff", he said.

Mr Giuliani told USA media that he sent the package, which was in an envelope labelled "White House".

The younger Biden made no earnings from his Bohai Harvest board role until October 2017, nine months after his father left the White House, Mesires said.

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The Giuliani package contained "disinformation, debunked conspiracy theories, and baseless allegations" regarding the Bidens, Democrats said in a statement after meeting the inspector general.

Nicholas Burns, a former USA ambassador who served under both Republican and Democratic administrations, said Trump's comments on Thursday were a political mistake.

"The Chinese might be tempted to help Trump out and get a better trade deal, but I doubt they will interfere so directly in United States politics", agreed Ms Bonnie Glaser, an Asia expert at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies.

"The President can not use the power of his office to pressure foreign leaders to investigate his political opponents", tweeted House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who is leading the impeachment inquiry.

Anything less than a "through, transparent, and fair process would represent a supreme insult to our Constitution", he said.

In a speech previous year at a think tank, Mr Biden boasted of having threatened to withhold a billion-dollar loan guarantee to successfully force Mr Shokin out.

Mr Trump is also seeking to paint his Democrat accusers "liars".

"It ought to be condemned by every member of this body, Democrats and Republicans alike", Schiff told reporters.

The poll, however, also showed 41 per cent in favor of examining the Bidens' ties to Ukraine while 21 per cent were opposed.

"The whole investigation is crumbling".

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