Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday said during an interview that Russian President Vladimir Putin “should release” any information on alleged dealings between Hunter Biden and the widow of a late Moscow mayor.
Flashback: The interview, with far-right television show “Just the News,” is the latest example of Trump pushing unvetted claims about a political rival. Trump was impeached in 2019 for asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to dig up dirt on then-Democratic presidential opponent Joe Biden and his son.
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Trump in 2016 called on Russia to find emails associated with his election opponent Hillary Clinton: “I will tell you this, Russia: If you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” said the then-Republican nominee.
“I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
In Tuesday’s interview, Trump cited the findings of a partisan and highly controversial investigation by Senate Republicans that was published in 2020 and “produced little new evidence of wrongdoing,” according to Politico.
The big picture: Trump has previously laid out unfounded claims that the late Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov’s widow had donated $3.5 million to a company he claimed is connected to Hunter Biden, per CNN.
What he’s saying: “She gave him $3.5 million so now I would think Putin would know the answer to that. I think he should release it,” Trump said in the interview, which was conducted at Mar-a-Lago.
“I think we should know that answer.”
Trump himself sought business with Luzhkov in the 1990s, according to Politico.
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