President Donald Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity in an interview aired Monday that he has asked Attorney General William Barr to look into potential ties between Hillary Clinton and corruption in the 2016 presidential election, including the anti-Trump dossier compiled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele
Hannity began the interview by reading the transcript of the conversation that Trump carried out with the Ukranian president, attempting to give a clear picture of the now infamous conversation.
After the piece was read, Trump clarified by saying that he was inquiring about rumors he had heard that 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton may have attempted to hire someone from Ukraine to write a dossier about him during the course of the election.
“You hear about Ukraine, and you’ve been hearing about it. I heard Clinton was involved,” Trump said.
“I heard they got somebody who wrote the fake dossier was out of Ukraine. All of the things that happened.
Trump went on to say that he believed Barr might be able to put the matter to rest once and for all:
“And, I assume that the attorney general – I would like the attorney general to find out what’s going on. Because, you know what? We are investigating corruption.
“In my opinion, that is what it was, corruption, and if Ukraine would know something about the 2016 election, you have to give that information.”
The president also addressed whether he believed he had the right to investigate what took place during the historic election that he narrowly won in 2016:
“And I actually heard … numerous people the other day say I have an obligation to do that. That’s not a question, can I do it, or don’t I do it. We have an obligation to investigate corruption, and that’s what it was, in my opinion, that’s what it was, was corruption.
“And if Ukraine would know something about the 2916 election, you have to give that information, I hope that they would give the information, and everyone agrees with me 100 percent.
As pertaining to his potential liability in what some believe was quid pro quo asking for Ukraine’s help in investigating his opposing party in the upcoming 2020 presidential election.
Trump said that is under the constant impression that there are as many as 20 plus people listening to his diplomatic conversations and that it would be foolish of him to do anything nefarious, even if he had intentions to do so.
Written by Savannah Pointer.