Donald Trump has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin, who launched an invasion of Ukraine last month, to reveal compromising information he may have about US President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter.
The former Republican president returned to accusations he had repeated many times during his failed campaign against Mr Biden in the 2020 presidential election.
In an interview clip aired Tuesday by Real America’s Voice “Just the News” show, Mr. Trump claimed that the wife of the Moscow mayor had given Hunter Biden $3.5 million.
“That’s a lot of money,” he said. “She gave him $3.5 million, so now I would think Putin would know the answer to that. I think he should release it.”
“I think we need to know that answer,” he added.
Mr. Trump has long claimed, without providing evidence, that the younger Biden received the money from Elena Baturina, wife of the late Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov, in an attempt to win favor with Joe Biden.
Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives in 2019 for trying to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to dig up what he claims is compromising information about Biden’s son, who had once worked for a Ukrainian energy company.
In his 2016 election campaign which he won, Trump publicly called on Moscow to find missing emails from his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you can find the 30,000 missing emails. I think you’ll probably be greatly rewarded by our press,” Trump said at a July 2016 news conference.
President Putin launched a large-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, with Ukrainian civilians paying a disproportionate price for attacks that are being investigated as war crimes.
Joe Biden has led the Western response with unprecedented sanctions and the funneling of weapons and aid to Kiev, sparking an unexpectedly fierce backlash.
President Biden has himself labeled Putin a war criminal and recently stated that he “cannot stay in power” after his actions in Ukraine.
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