Trump Accuses Hunter Biden of Dirty Business, Dodging Questions About his own Russian Business Deals
Donald Trump called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to release information regarding alleged dealings between Eastern European oligarchs and Hunter Biden.
Trump’s demands were published by the “Just the News” television show on the Real America’s Voice network. Trump cited the findings of a controversial, highly politicized investigation by Senate Republicans into the Bidens, which was published just weeks before the 2020 election and produced no evidence of wrongdoing.
Trump has repeatedly promoted unsubstantiated claims of foreign business dealings by Hunter Biden, specifically alleging that he received millions of dollars from the wife of Moscow’s late mayor, Yury Luzhkov.
“She gave him $3.5 million so now I would think Putin would know the answer to that. I think he should release it,” Trump said in the interview, conducted at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
Trump’s Personal Business Dealings with Russian Oligarchs
Trump failed to mention that he himself sought to do business with Luzhkov’s government in the late 1990s, according to POLITICO. Trump also was pursuing high-profile real estate deals in Russia as recently as 2016, including a Trump Tower Moscow.
A White House spokesperson declined to comment on Trump’s remarks.
Trump’s recent interview is far from the first time the former president has openly demanded that foreign governments intervene to damage his political rivals.
In 2019, the House of Representatives impeached Trump for allegedly withholding crucial military aid from Ukraine unless President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced investigations targeting the Bidens and other Democrats on discredited allegations.
Trump described Putin’s invasion of Ukraine as “genius” and “savvy” last month, and he argued that Joe Biden was “almost giving [Putin] an incentive” to deploy nuclear weapons amid the conflict last week.