Sep 29, 2019

Graham defends Trump's Ukraine call as "ethical" and calls for Biden probe

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Fact check: What Joe and Hunter Biden actually did in Ukraine

Joe and Hunter Biden in 2016. Photo: Kris Connor/WireImage

President Trump and his allies have made a barrage of allegations and insinuations — some legitimate, others fabricated — about the activities of Joe Biden and his son Hunter in Ukraine.

Why it matters: The president’s defenders and opponents have used a similar set of facts to shape wildly different narratives on this issue. As a result, there has been much confusion over whether Trump’s leading 2020 challenger is being unfairly maligned or has something to answer for.

Go deeperArrowOct 2, 2019

3 GOP senators called for Ukrainian government reform in 2016 letter

Sen. Ron Johnson. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

3 Republican senators joined a 2016 push for Ukraine to reform its prosecutor general's office and judiciary, a bipartisan letter uncovered by CNN shows, mirroring the contemporaneous work of then-Vice President Joe Biden.

Why it matters: The letter to former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko illuminates bipartisan support in the U.S. to pursue corruption reforms in the prosecutor general's office. It also undermines claims from President Trump and Republicans that Biden demanded Ukraine terminate Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin and drop its investigation into the company for which Biden's son, Hunter, sat on the board.

Go deeperArrowOct 3, 2019

Lindsey Graham invites Giuliani to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee

Rudy Giuliani and Lindsey Graham. Photos: Roy Rochlin; Pier Marco Tacca via Getty Images

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) tweeted Tuesday that he would offer Rudy Giuliani a chance to testify before the committee about his "concerns" — which have not been substantiated — that Joe Biden pressured Ukraine to fire a prosecutor investigating his son.

"Have heard on numerous occasions disturbing allegations by @RudyGiuliani about corruption in Ukraine and the many improprieties surrounding the firing of former Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin. Given the House of Representatives’ behavior, it is time for the Senate to inquire about corruption and other improprieties involving Ukraine. Therefore I will offer to Mr. Giuliani the opportunity to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee to inform the committee of his concerns."
Go deeperArrowOct 8, 2019