'The president isn't telling the truth.'
MSNBC made the decision to cut away from Trump's press conference at the United Nations on Wednesday, in order to alert viewers to the fact that Trump was lying about former Vice President Joe Biden.
"We hate to do this, really, but the president isn't telling the truth," host Nicolle Wallace said. "These allegations against Joe Biden and Hunter Biden that he's repeating have been investigated by the Ukrainians. None other than the Wall Street Journal included in their report on Friday that the Ukrainians view this issue as having been investigated and adjudicated."
Wallace said it was "amazing" that Trump appeared to be turning his impeachment "into a big deflection."
"It's important to note that this story has been looked at and thoroughly debunked by everyone involved," Wallace's colleague, Matthew Miller, added.
Miller then laid out the factual details Trump had ignored:
Joe Biden's son served on the board of a Ukrainian company. That Ukrainian company was investigated by the Ukrainian attorney general. That investigation was closed before Joe Biden ever asked for the attorney general to be fired. And the reason Joe Biden asked for the attorney general to be fired, he wasn't speaking on behalf of himself or his son. He wasn't even speaking on behalf of the Obama administration. He was speaking on behalf of the West at large. The IMF [International Monetary Fund] wanted him gone. Other western governments wanted him gone because this attorney general was known to be corrupt. That's why Joe Biden pushed for him to be outed. It had nothing to do with his son, and everyone that's looked at it has confirmed that.
Trump came under fire recently after he admitted he asked the Ukrainian president to try to dig up dirt on Biden, Trump's 2020 election rival. It is against the law to solicit election help from a foreign national.
As a result of Trump's actions, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday announced Democrats would begin an official impeachment inquiry.
Trump has maintained Democrats are too focused on removing him from office, and that he did nothing wrong.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.