Trump confirms he raised Bidens in Ukraine investigation
President Trump has confirmed that he raised the subject of former Vice-President Joe Biden and his son in a July phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.
Mr Trump is facing allegations that he pressured Ukraine to investigate his potential 2020 rival, which he denies.
But his admission about the phone call fuelled calls for Democrats to launch impeachment proceedings in Congress.
Adam Schiff, a senior Democrat, said such a move “may be the only remedy”.
Mr Schiff, the influential head of the House Intelligence Committee, had previously opposed impeachment.
Hunter Biden became a director at Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma in 2014 while his father was Barack Obama’s vice-president with a key role in US policy towards Ukraine.
Joe Biden is now the frontrunner to be the Democratic candidate who will take on Mr Trump in the 2020 election.
The controversy over whether Mr Trump pushed his Ukrainian counterpart to launch corruption investigations against the Bidens has dominated Washington in recent days.
It was sparked after revelations in US media that an intelligence whistleblower had filed a complaint over Mr Trump’s communications with a foreign leader and a “promise” that was allegedly made.
It emerged last week that the Trump administration was blocking the whistleblower complaint from being handed over to Congress, despite the intelligence inspector general judging it to be “urgent”.
Under US law, if a complaint is considered to be of “urgent concern”, and if the inspector general considers the complaint to be “credible”, then the department head is expected to share the information with Congress within seven days.
Mr Trump told reporters on Sunday that the 25 July call with Mr Zelensky was “congratulatory”, but mentioned corruption and “largely the fact that we don’t want our people, like Vice-President Biden and his son, creating to the corruption already in the Ukraine”.
But he insisted he had done “absolutely nothing wrong”. He has previously accused the whistleblower of being “partisan” and said he knew all his phone calls to foreign leaders were listened to by US agencies.