Donald Trump has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin, who launched an invasion of Ukraine last month, to disclose any information that could affect US President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter.
The former Republican president returned to allegations he had repeated many times during his unsuccessful campaign against Mr Biden in the 2020 presidential election.
In an interview excerpt aired Tuesday by Real America’s Voice show “Just the News”, Mr. Trump claimed that the Moscow mayor’s wife gave $ 3.5 million to Hunter Biden.
“That’s a lot of money,” he said. “He gave him $ 3.5 million so now I think Putin will know the answer. I think he should let it go.”
“I think we should know the answer,” he added.
Mr. Trump has long claimed, without providing evidence, that the younger Biden received funds from Elena Baturina, the wife of the late Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, in an effort to favor Joe Biden.
Mr Trump was indicted by the House of Representatives in 2019 for trying to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to dig up what he alleged undermined information about Biden’s son, who once worked for a Ukrainian energy company.
In his 2016 election campaign that he won, Mr. Trump openly called on Moscow to find missing emails from his rival from Democrat Hillary Clinton.
“Russia, if you listen, I hope you can find 30,000 missing emails, I think you will probably be greatly rewarded by our press,” Trump said in a July 2016 press conference.
President Putin launched a massive invasion of Ukraine on February 24, with Ukrainians paying a disproportionate price in an attack that is being investigated as a war crime.
Joe Biden has led the West’s response to the unprecedented sanctions and channeled weapons as well as aid to Kyiv, which has provoked unexpected fierce resistance.
President Biden himself has labeled Putin a war criminal and recently stated that he “cannot remain in power” after his actions in Ukraine.
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