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Trump Just Urged Ukraine and China to 'Investigate the Bidens' on Live TV--Prosecutor Explains Why That's a Felony

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President Donald Trump is facing an impeachment inquiry for urging Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden in a private phone call.

So, naturally, Trump urged Ukraine and China on Thursday to investigate his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, on national television.


Yup.

The President called for the investigation while talking to reporters on the White House lawn before departing to Florida to give remarks about a new Medicare proposal.

Watch below.

"Well I would think that if [Ukrainian leaders] were honest about it, they would start a major investigation into the Bidens," the President said. "It's a very simple answer."

He continued to dig deeper.

"[L]ikewise, China should start an investigation into the Bidens, because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine."

Trump is repeating the baseless claim that Joe Biden interfered with an investigation into a Ukrainian energy company on which his son served as a board member.

Former Obama U.S. Attorney and MSNBC contributor, Joyce Vance, explained to followers on Twitter why Trump's calls for investigations amount to a felony offense.

Notably, just seconds before calling for China to investigate the Bidens, Trump said:

"I have a lot of options on China, but if they don't do what we want, we have tremendous power."

This comes just days before Chinese delegates arrive at the White House for trade talks, possibly assigning even morre significance to Trump's call for an investigation. The suggestion was reminiscent of Trump's implicit quid-pro-quo noted in the White House's rough transcript of his controversial phone call with Zelesnky, in which the two leaders discussed military aid to the country before Trump asked for the "favor" of investigating the Bidens.

Another day, another felony.

An impeachment inquiry is already underway. What remains to be seen is if Republicans will stand up to their leader.

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When asked by Todd if he believed Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election, Cruz responded, "I do and I think there's considerable evidence." An incredulous Chuck Todd responded, "You do?"

Laughter could be heard off camera.

Cruz continued trying to make his case, but was only able to cite an op-ed from Ukrainian ambassador to the U.S., Valeriy Chaly. The op-ed was critical of Trump after Trump implied that Ukrainians in Crimea–which Russia illegally seized in 2014—would rather be living under Russian rule.

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