Damning text messages. Asking for China’s help in election interference. And much, much more.
Believe it or not, the Ukraine scandal embroiling President Donald Trump in an impeachment crisis is somehow only growing — and getting more damning for the White House by the hour.
On Thursday morning, the president once again encouraged Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election and then thought it would be a good idea to bring China into the mix.
“China should start an investigation into the Bidens,” Trump told reporters outside the White House. “Because what happened to China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine.”
Then things heated up later that evening.
CNN reported that Trump raised former Vice President Joe Biden’s and Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s political prospects on a June call with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Trump also told the Chinese leader he’d stay quiet about the protests in Hong Kong, which China is very sensitive about, while the US and China continue trade talks.
The Wall Street Journal also reported Thursday evening that the real reason Trump recalled the US ambassador to Ukraine earlier this year was because his allies told him she wasn’t a fan of his and wasn’t particularly enthused about a probe into the Bidens. That corroborates claims in the whistleblower complaint and contradicts the government’s official reasoning for her return stateside.
That’s not all: After a 10-hour deposition of Kurt Volker, who just resigned as the top US envoy for Ukraine over the scandal, House Democrats released a select batch of text messages showing State Department diplomats working with Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani to compel Ukraine to investigate the Bidens in exchange for much-needed military aid.
That’s the exact “quid pro quo” Trump and his allies have been arguing the administration didn’t do.