Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that “the American people deserve to know” about Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden’s Ukraine scandal in which Biden admitted to strong-arming the Ukrainian government into firing a prosecutor that was leading a corruption investigation into a company that employed Biden’s son, Hunter.
In April, The Hill reported that in 2018 “Biden couldn’t resist the temptation … to brag to an audience of foreign policy specialists about the time as vice president that he strong-armed Ukraine into firing its top prosecutor,” adding, “In his own words, with video cameras rolling, Biden described how he threatened Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016 that the Obama administration would pull $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees, sending the former Soviet republic toward insolvency, if it didn’t immediately fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.”
“I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion.’ I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,'” Biden said. “Well, son of a bitch, he got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time.”
Appearing on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” Pompeo told host Margaret Brennan, “If there was election interference that took place by the vice president, I think the American people deserve to know. We- we know there was interference in the 2016 election and if it’s the case that there was something going on with the president or his family that caused a conflict of interest and Vice President Biden behaved in a way that was inconsistent with the way leaders ought to operate, I think the American people deserve to know that.”
Transcript provided via CBS News:
MARGARET BRENNAN: I want to also ask you about Ukraine. The president’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani is publicly calling for an investigation by the Ukrainian government into Joe Biden, who is obviously a- a political opponent of the president. Is it appropriate for the president’s personal attorney to be inserting himself in foreign affairs like this?
SEC. POMPEO: If there was election interference that took place by the vice president, I think the American people deserve to know. We- we know there was interference in the 2016 election and if it’s the case that there was something going on with the president or his family that caused a conflict of interest and Vice President Biden behaved in a way that was inconsistent with the way leaders ought to operate, I think the American people deserve to know that.
MARGARET BRENNAN: So you think it’s appropriate for Rudy Giuliani to be doing that? Has the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine been providing support- the State Department been supporting what he’s doing?
SEC. POMPEO: So I’m not- I’m not going to talk about that other- other than to say this. We have consistently worked to support the Ukrainian people. I remember the previous administration. I would- MARGARET, you’ll remember, I was a member of Congress and Barack Obama refused to provide defensive weapons systems to the Ukrainian people. He sent them blankets. This president, much to the consternation of Vladimir Putin who- you know there’s this storyline about Russia and we’re weak on Russia- this president sent defensive weapons systems to the Ukrainians so they could defend themselves while Barack Obama allowed one-fifth of Ukraine to be stolen by Vladimir Putin. This administration is working to develop a great relationship with Ukraine. We’ll see President Zelensky this week here in New York, I think, and we’re looking forward to that.
MARGARET BRENNAN: Will you ask him or have you asked him to open an investigation?
SEC. POMPEO: I’ve talked to Foreign Minister now a couple of times. We talk about the important relationship between our two countries and how we can make Ukraine stronger and have great economic commerce between our two great nations.
MARGARET BRENNAN: Secretary Pompeo you’ve got a very busy week. Thank you for joining us.
SEC. POMPEO: Thank you very much, MARGARET.