A one-on-one interview between CNN's Chris Cuomo and President Donald Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, this week got heated as they clashed over an anonymous whistleblower complaint allegedly involving the president and Ukraine.
In 2016, Biden, according to the New York Times, threatened to withhold $1 billion in us loan guarantees unless Ukrainian prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko was removed. The business dealings of Biden's son, Hunter Biden, in the country, have become a focus for Republicans.
The pressure campaign was a success - the Ukrainian Parliament voted to oust Shokin.
Murphy, in another tweet, said, "I made my first request for an investigation into Giuliani's overtures to Zelensky in May".
"So you did ask Ukraine to look into Joe Biden", Cuomo said.
"Of course I did", Giuliani said.
Hillary Clinton tweeted Friday that "the president asked a foreign power to help him win an election".
Cuomo pressed him, "You never asked anything about Hunter Biden?". Cuomo followed up. "You never asked anything about Joe Biden?".
Firstly, the Ukrainian readout of the call refers to Mr Trump being "convinced" that the new government will "complete [the] investigation of corruption cases, which inhibited the interaction between Ukraine and the USA".
The result was a long, wild interview that included Cuomo hectoring Giuliani when his guest contradicted himself and Giuliani literally yelling at Cuomo to "Let me finish!" and at one point looking to the heavens and silently screaming.
Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have demanded to see the complaint, which reportedly relates to an undisclosed "promise" that Trump made to a foreign leader, but the Trump administration has thus far refused to comply with their subpoena.
However Joseph Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence, has blocked its released, triggering a clash with Democratic congressman that has played out all month. Under such circumstances, federal law requires the complaint to be transmitted to congressional intelligence committees within seven days.
Zelensky will have a working visit with Trump in NY where he will also have bilateral meetings with foreign state leaders.
Maguire is set to testify publicly about the matter next week.
In recent weeks congressmen have been raising concerns about whether the Trump administration was holding back military funding for Ukraine for political benefit.
The Ukrainian government's readout of the call said Mr. Trump was "convinced that the new Ukrainian government will be able to quickly improve image of Ukraine, complete investigation of corruption cases, which inhibited the interaction between Ukraine and the United States of America". "You want to cover some ridiculous charge that I urged the Ukrainian government to investigate corruption".
House Democrats cited a July 25 call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which they said the president apparently focused on the investigations, telling Zelensky that he is "convinced the new Ukrainian government will be able to quickly improve [the] image of Ukraine [and] complete [the] investigation of corruption cases, which inhibited the interaction between Ukraine and the U.S.".