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11:30 a.m. Trump claims his calls for foreign countries to investigate the Bidens is only about corruption
“This is about corruption,” Trump insisted, speaking to reporters at the White House. “This is not about politics. This is about corruption. If you look and read our Constitution and many other things, I have an obligation to look at corruption.”
President Donald Trump talks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, Oct. 4, 2019, in Washington.
Throughout his Q&A with reporters on the South Lawn, he repeated the message of corruption being the reason he called for foreign governments to investigate the Bidens.
“What I asked for and will always ask for is anything having to do with corruption with respect to our country,” Trump said. “If a foreign country can help us with respect to corruption and corruption probes, I don’t care if it’s Biden or anybody else. If Biden is corrupt, if his son is corrupt — when his son takes out billions of dollars, has no experience, just got fired from the Navy. When they do that, that’s no good.”
“I don’t care about Biden’s campaign, but I do care about corruption,” Trump continued, repeating his claim multiple times. “His campaign, that’s up to him. Politics that’s up to them. I don’t care about politics. Politics, as I think made clear, and yesterday somebody asked me a question and I gave an answer. But always in the form of corruption. What I want to do and I think I have an obligation to do and probably a duty to do it, corruption. We are looking for corruption.”
9 a.m. Intelligence community inspector general returns to Capitol Hill for testimony
Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community inspector general who handled the whistleblower complaint centered on President Trump’s actions on Ukraine, arrived to testify behind closed doors before the House Intelligence Committee members and aides. Democrats say they want to know more about who he talked to to determine that the complaint was “credible” and why he was blocked from sending it to Congress.
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Inspector General of the Intelligence Community Michael Atkinson arrives for a closed-door hearing before the House Intelligence Committee in Washington, D.C., Oct. 4, 2019.
“This hearing is critical to establish additional details, leads and evidence,” the Democrat who leads the committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, wrote last week about the hearing.
8:16 a.m. Trump defends saying foreign countries should investigate, but claims it’s not about the Bidens
In an early morning tweet Friday, Trump said that his public calls on Thursday to have China as well as Ukraine investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden have “NOTHING to do with politics or a political campaign against the Bidens” — that he has an “obligation to end corruption.”