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Former US president Donald Trump has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to release any damaging information he has about the Biden family, in a brazen request for domestic political assistance from America’s top adversary.
It’s the latest example of Trump’s willingness to solicit and embrace domestic political help from foreign powers — even from Mr Putin, who is currently overseeing a bloody war against Ukraine.
In an interview with JustTheNews published on Tuesday, Mr Trump pushed an unproven claim about Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Russia, and asked Mr Putin to release any information that he might have about the situation.
Former president Donald Trump is suing two dozen people, including Hillary Clinton.
Mr Trump pushed an unproven claim about Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Russia. (AP)

It’s not clear that any material exists, or if the Kremlin has access to it.

“I would think Putin would know the answer to that,” Mr Trump said, referring to Hunter Biden’s potential dealings in Russia.

“I think he should release it. I think we should know that answer.”

It is true that Hunter Biden was paid handsomely for consulting work he did in foreign countries, including Ukraine and China, while his father — President Joe Biden — was vice president.

The Justice Department has an ongoing criminal investigation into these dealings and potential financial crimes.

Vladimir Putin.
Mr Putin is currently overseeing a bloody war against Ukraine. (AP)

But no evidence has emerged to support Mr Trump’s claims that the Bidens engaged in corruption or influenced US policy for personal gain, and the President hasn’t been implicated in the probe.

Hunter Biden has denied wrongdoing and says he’ll be cleared when the criminal probe is over.

Trump’s public appeal to Putin harkens back to his infamous July 2016 comment in which he said, “Russia, if you’re listening” and then urged Mr Putin to hack Hillary Clinton’s personal emails.

It was the start of a years-long effort by Mr Trump to raise his political prospects with foreign help.

The Trump campaign in 2016 also embraced and capitalised on Russia’s election-meddling operation against Ms Clinton.

For instance, the campaign regularly played up Democratic emails that were hacked and leaked by the Russian military, and members of Mr Trump’s inner circle also met during the campaign with a Russian agent who promised dirt on Ms Clinton.

President-elect Joe Biden, right, embraces his son Hunter Biden, left, in Wilmington.
Joe Biden, right, embraces his son Hunter Biden, left, in Wilmington, after the election.. (AP)
In 2019, Mr Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to launch unfounded corruption investigations against then-candidate Joe Biden and withheld nearly US$400 million ($533 million) in US military aid as part of the scheme.

This incident led to Mr Trump’s first impeachment.

And during the 2020 campaign, some of Mr Trump’s top allies collaborated with a known Russian spy to peddle disinformation about Mr Biden and his family, including some of the same claims of corruption that Mr Trump mentioned in the new interview.

Maria Pavlovych weeps as she remembers her 25-year-old soldier son, Roman Pavlovych, who was killed near the besieged city of Mariupol, in his bedroom, in Hordynia village, western Ukraine, Friday, March 25, 2022. The Pavlovych family knows a second front line in Russia's war runs through the farmland here in western Ukraine, far from the daily resistance against the invasion. It is an uphill battle for farmers to feed not only their country but the world.

Mother’s tears amid ongoing onslaught on Ukraine

The clip of Mr Trump asking Mr Putin for help was published by a news website founded by John Solomon, a pro-Trump journalist whose previous coverage about the Bidens’ ties to Ukraine has been discredited.

He told CNN that the interview was taped on Monday at Mar-a-Lago.

Source: 9News

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