United States President Donald Trump continued his attack on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Saturday, claiming the former vice president demanded from the Ukrainian government to fire the prosecutor Viktor Shokin for investigating his son.
Biden previously said the US threatened to withhold $1 billion in loan guarantees unless the prosecutor was removed due to widespread allegations of corruption. In 2016, the accusations led to a vote of no confidence in the Ukrainian Parliament after which Shokin was forced to resign. He was criticized for failing to prosecute any prominent members of the Yanukovych or Poroshenko governments.
Additionally, Trump denied anything wrong was said during his phone call with the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, amid media speculation he pressured Kiev to investigate Biden and his son. The allegations were both confirmed and denied by Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, who gave a conflicting answer on whether Ukraine was asked for help in investigating the Bidens in a live CNN interview this week. The issue is currently being investigated by three House of Representatives panels.