Donald Trump has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to release damaging information on US President Joe Biden's family.
Trump has made a number of claims regarding Hunter Biden's alleged business dealings; specifically in this case, that he received a large investment from Yelena Baturina, wife of the late Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov.
This payment, said to be in the region of $3.5 million, was hoped to curry favour with the president. Naturally, Trump hasn't provided any evidence for these allegations.
During a recent interview on Real America's Voice 'Just the News' show, Trump requested the help of Putin in releasing key information regarding these claims, despite international tensions surrounding the Russian leader's bloody invasion of Ukraine.
He said: "As long as Putin is not exactly a fan of our country... why did the mayor of Moscow's wife give the Bidens $3.5m... that's a lot of money.
"She gave him $3.5 million so now I would think Putin would know the answer to that. I think he should release it. I think we should know that answer.
Extended clip is worth watching: "As long as Putin is not exactly a fan of our country... I would think Putin would know the answer to that. I think he should release it... you won't get the answer from Ukraine... I think Putin now would be willing to probably give that answer." pic.twitter.com/JFGcBk4Kxd— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 30, 2022
"You won't get the answer from Ukraine, but why are they giving somebody who knows nothing about energy $187,000 a month, plus a $3 million upfront payment. And I won't talk about China because they've not went into Taiwan yet. That'll be next."
Hunter Biden earlier served on the board of Ukrainian energy firm Burisma. Trump has accused Biden of shaping foreign policy in Ukraine during his time as vice president under Barack Obama.
However, the former POTUS' claims landed him his first impeachment in 2019, after a formal House inquiry alleged he'd abused his power by trying to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy into digging up information about Biden's son.
While it's true Hunter Biden was paid for consulting work in Ukraine and China, the extent of Trump's claims haven't been proven. The Justice Department is still carrying out an investigation into these alleged dealings.
Trump has a reputation for calling on Russia. During a press conference in 2016, he said: "Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing [regarding Hillary Clinton]. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. Let’s see if that happens."
He also described Putin as 'very savvy' and 'genius' for recognising the so-called people's republics of Donetsk and Luhansk prior to the invasion, though he's since said the Russian president made a 'big mistake' in attacking Ukraine.
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