Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Sunday that allegations that President Trump elicited dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, a 2020 White House hopeful, during a phone call with Ukraine’s leader are merely speculation.
“I think things are being implied that just don’t exist,” Mnuchin said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Tapper on Sunday pressed Mnuchin on why the White House is withholding information.
“Conversations with foreign leaders are supposed to be confidential,” he said, adding that it would be a “terrible” precedent to release the details. No evidence has emerged to suggest Biden acted with his son’s interests in mind in regards to his dealings with Ukraine.
Mnuchin: “What I find inappropriate is at the time VP Biden’s son did significant biz in Ukraine & should be further investigated.”@jaketapper: So it’s ok for Trump’s kids to do biz all over the world while Trump is POTUS?
Mnuchin: “I dont want to go more into these details.”
— Bianna Golodryga (@biannagolodryga) September 22, 2019
.@jaketapper presses Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on President Trump’s call to Ukraine’s president and reports about their discussions about investigating Joe Biden’s son. “I think things are being implied that just don’t exist” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/oni7mESXqt
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) September 22, 2019
Signs of guilt:
Caught by good questions, Secretary Mnuchin:
1. Won’t confirm or deny Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate Biden
2. Won’t even state that it’d be improper for any President to pressure foreign govt to investigate political opponentpic.twitter.com/pnW1ep7GHL
— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) September 22, 2019
As Mnuchin insisted he didn’t want to “go into more of these details,” Tapper fired back: “Well, you’re setting a precedent that the president is violating” https://t.co/LP5JX8KDBp
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) September 22, 2019