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Trump Says It’d Be `Appropriate’ to Speak to Barr About Biden

President Donald Trump said it would be “an appropriate thing” to speak to Attorney General William Barr about allegations involving Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son over the son’s business interests in Ukraine.

“Certainly it is a very big issue and we’ll see what happens,” the president said in an interview with Politico that was published on Friday night.

“Certainly, it would be an appropriate thing to speak about. But I have not done that as of yet,” Trump told Politico.

It would be highly unusual for a president to request an investigation into a political opponent. According to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, Trump, met with then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the Oval Office in October 2017 and “asked him to ‘take [a] look’ at investigating” Hillary Clinton, his Democratic rival in 2016.

Some of Trump’s allies, including Rudy Giuliani, have suggested that Biden, when he was vice president, intervened in Ukrainian politics on behalf of his son Hunter Biden. Giuliani has called for an investigation.

Yet a former Ukrainian official, and documents have cast doubt on the accusations.

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