Amid a rapid-fire Monday morning tweetstorm President Donald Trump freely admitted once again that he has been trying to get Ukraine to dig up dirt on his top political opponent, Joe Biden, and the former vice president’s son, Hunter. Using his office to try to get a foreign power to help him politically is not only an abuse of power, experts say it is “almost certainly” or even “plainly” illegal – and impeachable.
“Very simple!” Trump tweeted. “I was looking for Corruption and also why Germany, France and others in the European Union don’t do more for Ukraine. Why is it always the USA that does so much and puts up so much money for Ukraine and other countries? By the way, the Bidens were corrupt!”
The Daily Beast’s Sam Stein makes Trump’s intentions clear:
Admitting here that he was trying to dig up dirt on the Biden’s. https://t.co/7zU0Ha09qd
— Sam Stein (@samstein) September 30, 2019
Meanwhile, literally not one word of Trump’s tweet is true.
Trump not only has not been “looking for Corruption” in Ukraine, he has not been looking for it anywhere. If anything, he has turned a blind eye to it, or in the case of Russia, welcomed it.
As for his false suggestion the US spends more money on Ukraine than EU countries, that too is false. The EU has spent billions on Ukraine.
Political commentator Bob Cesca:
Fact check: The EU sends twice as much aid to Ukraine as the United States. Germany sends roughly the same amount as we do.
Whiff! Try again, Biff. https://t.co/c6EsVFpec9
— Bob Cesca (@bobcesca_go) September 30, 2019
And as far as the Bidens being “corrupt,” again, not a shred of proof that is correct. Even if it were, it is not Trump’s job to investigate. It would be the DOJ’s, which has established protocols to deal with corruption abroad.
Trump accuses Democrats of ‘trying to steal an election’ with mail-in voting during the COVID-19 pandemic
President Donald Trump accused Democrats of conspiring to steal an election at a hastily arranged news conference held at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster.
And angry Trump lashed out at Democrats for seeking to allow voting by mail in the November election.
Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's press conference, where he questioned if Democrats love America:
Pelosi blasts Trump as ‘not a well person’ and wonders if GOP is motivated by a ‘manhood thing’: report
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) briefed members of the Democratic Caucus on Saturday about the state of negotiations over the next coronavirus stimulus bill.
Luke Broadwater, a congressional correspondent for The New York Times, posted a thread about the call on Twitter, citing "sources on call."
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) was also on the call, and reportedly blasted White House chief of staff Mark Meadows for the failure to reach a deal.
“Meadows, when John Boehner and Paul Ryan was Speaker, impeded every agreement they tried to make with us on must-pass legislation," Hoyer reported said.
Democratic pressure on intel agencies exposed a motherlode of information on foreign meddling helping Trump: report
On Saturday, Politico reported that congressional Democrats believe their pressure campaign on the intelligence community was crucial to exposing Russia's newest plot to interfere with U.S. elections on behalf of President Donald Trump.
"For weeks, top Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate have been blaring warnings and demanding briefings and public disclosures from the intelligence community, shrugging off Republican charges that they’re politicizing intelligence," reported Andrew Desiderio and Kyle Cheney. "And Democrats can now point to evidence that their pressure campaign might be working. On Friday, the Trump administration’s counterintelligence chief publicly confirmed that Russia is attempting to harm Joe Biden’s candidacy in 2020. The official, William Evanina, even singled out a pro-Russia Ukrainian, Andrii Derkach, as a key participant in the Kremlin’s new effort."