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Schiff says Trump's request for Ukraine, China to probe Biden was breach of oath of office

2019-10-03 19:30
President Donald Trump's comments calling on Ukraine and China to probe one of his top Democratic rivals in the 2020 election is a "fundamental breach of his oath of office," the head of the intelligence panel said on Thursday (October 3). "I find, once again, the president inviting another country to interfere in our presidential election repugnant and a fundamental breach of his oath of office. It endangers the security of our elections, and it's a betrayal of the idea that Americans should decide who leads America, not foreign parties seeking to intervene in our affairs," U.S. House intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff said. Trump's efforts to have Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy launch an investigation into Joe Biden and his son Hunter were cataloged in a July 25 telephone call released by the White House, and a whistleblower complaint that alleged Trump withheld U.S. aid to pressure Kiev's leader to comply. Earlier on Thursday (October 3), as Trump left the White House for a visit to Florida, he also said he believed China should launch a probe of the Bidens, alluding to unproven allegations he and his lawyer have made about Hunter Biden's business dealings in China.