After Ukraine-Biden Scandal Fizzles, Trump Demands Probe Into China Ties

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press aboard Air Force One. (Photo credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
May 17, 2019 5:26 p.m.

The Ukraine-Biden scandal ran out of steam this week.

So what’s the next big thing for Trump and the right-wing media machine?

The answer seems to be a China-Biden scandal.

In a preview of a Sunday interview with Fox News’ Steve Hilton, Trump demanded an investigation into the former Vice President’s apparent ties to China. Allegations that Hunter Biden took advantage of his father’s position to sign a lucrative business deal with the Bank of China apparently stem from Peter Schweizer’s 2018 book “Secret Empires,” which Schwiezer has been pushing in op-eds this week.

“Don’t you think that should be investigated?” asked Hilton, in a bizarre bid to cajole the president into demanding more investigations of a political opponent. “That financial connection – the Chinese government putting billions of dollars into Biden’s family businesses?”

“100 percent,” Trump replied, adding: “It’s a disgrace.”

“And then he says China’s not a competitor of ours. China is a massive competitor of ours. They want to take over the world,” the President added.

Trump’s remarks come one day after Ukraine’s attorney general equivalent said he was not investigating Biden, and had no reason to suspect wrongdoing by him or his son Hunter. That statement refuted a narrative put forward by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, who cancelled a planned dirt-digging mission to Ukraine last week.

Armed with an attorney general who appears to be as big of a Fox News fan as Trump himself, the search continues for an investigation to open into Biden that could match the Trump-Russia scandal.

Schweizer’s book “Clinton Cash,” released just before the 2016 election, accused Hillary Clinton of abusing her position as Secretary of State for her personal benefit. Those allegations – which portrayed Clinton as corrupt – arguably affected the outcome of the 2016 election.

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