Joe Biden fires back at Donald Trump over repeated Ukraine accusations

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A whistleblower interior the Central Intelligence Agency has charged that, in line along with his secondhand understanding of the July 25 name, Trump urged a quid educated quo over the funds, then tried to quilt up fundamental components of the dialog.

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy wrote to Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday asking that all efforts surrounding the impeachment inquiry be suspended until "customary rules and procedures are established".

"I think he was doing the best he could", said retired senior US diplomat Daniel Fried, who described the actions of his former colleague as trying to guide Ukrainians on "how to deal with President Trump under hard circumstances".

Key Trump ally Rudy Giuliani was subpoenaed by House Democrats in their impeachment inquiry into the president's actions to encourage Ukraine to investigate 2020 democratic rival Joe Biden.

"It raises more questions than it answers", said Raskin.

A longtime US diplomat who served as Trump's special envoy for Ukraine spoke to congressional committee staff and members on Thursday as part of the Democratic-led impeachment probe.

He also offered supposed "evidence" of Biden's guilt, posting a video in which the former vice-president declares, "I've never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings".

"He did it because, like every bully in history - he's afraid", Biden planned to say of Trump's accusations against him and his son.

He later alleged without evidence that China had a "sweetheart deal" on trade with the U.S. because of the Bidens.

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"It's obvious from the timeline of events and the president's statement today that Rob Portman was intimately involved in the conversations between Donald Trump, U.S. officials and Ukrainian officials as Trump withheld vital funding from that nation and asked them to help with his own personal agenda, " said David Pepper, chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party.

Giuliani wants Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son Hunter, who served on the board of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma.

"I have a lot of options on China", Mr. Trump said Thursday regarding trade.

President Donald Trump is calling on China to probe former Vice-President Joe Biden.

Biden communications director and deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield called it "a grotesque choice of lies over truth and self over the country".

President Donald Trump answers questions while departing the White House in Washington on October 3, 2019.

Mr Trump and Mr Giuliani allege that Biden, as vice president, tried to block a Ukraine corruption probe into his son's business partner, using USA aid as leverage.

A day after the 25 July call, Mr Volker met with Mr Zelensky and other senior Ukraine officials and advised them "about how to "navigate" the demands that the president had made of Mr Zelensky".

As the diplomat arrived on Capitol Hill, Giuliani shared on Twitter a series of text messages he had received from Volker discussing contacts with Andrey Yermak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Zelenskiy.

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