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Diplomat Told House Investigators He Raised Alarm About Hunter Biden in 2015

“On Joe Biden’s watch, the U.S. made eradicating corruption a centerpiece of our policies toward Ukraine, including achieving the removal of an inept prosecutor who shielded wrongdoers from accountability,” he said.

It might be useful to Mr. Trump to be able to say his concerns about Hunter Biden’s work were shared by State Department officials during the Obama administration. But pressing that point holds risks.

On Friday, Representative Adam Kinzinger, Republican of Illinois, expressed unease that the acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, had, during a televised White House briefing Thursday, indicated a link between the withholding of military assistance and the demand for another investigation related to the Democrats. Before reversing himself, Mr. Mulvaney said that Mr. Trump had withheld the funds in part until Ukraine began an investigation into an unsubstantiated theory that Ukraine, rather than Russia, had interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

Mr. Kinzinger told CNN he was not sure what Mr. Mulvaney was saying the president wanted Ukraine to investigate when he told reporters the aid was withheld pending the investigation. But, he said, if it had anything to do with the Bidens, that would be serious, “because it would be, if it’s true, taxpayer-funded aid and policy for political reasons, which is totally wrong.”

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/18/us/politics/hunter-biden-ukraine.html?emc=rss&partner=rss

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