The Republican National Committee presented a challenge to Joe Biden on Tuesday, after the Democratic presidential candidate called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Earlier in the day, the president announced that he would release the full transcript of a call he had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, following an anonymous whistleblower's allegations of impropriety during the conversation.
RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel then called on the former vice president to release the transcripts of his own conversations with Ukrainian and Chinese leaders.
McDaniel issued a statement, saying:
Once again, Joe Biden has shown he is just as extreme as the rest of the 2020 Democrats who are desperate to bring President Trump down. Instead of backing a baseless impeachment effort, Biden should be answering for the only scandal that exists: Why a corrupt Ukrainian company paid his son $50,000 a month to lobby the Obama-Biden administration, and why Biden threatened the Ukrainians if they failed to fire a prosecutor investigating the company.
Now that the President has authorized the release of the transcript of his call with President Zelensky, we call on Biden to release the transcripts of his calls as Vice President with Ukrainian and Chinese leaders while his son was conducting shady business deals in those countries.
First it was the Russia hoax. Now it’s the Ukraine hoax. These are the transcripts we actually need to see: Biden… https://t.co/viIuMbZWdR— Ronna McDaniel (@Ronna McDaniel) 1569355600.0
The Hill reported that President Trump has denied there was any discussion of a quid pro quo with Zelensky, while "Republicans have long questioned Biden's push as vice president in 2016 for Ukraine to fire a top prosecutor who was investigating a natural gas company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch and whose board members included Biden's son Hunter Biden."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Tuesday evening that the House of Representatives would formally launch an official impeachment inquiry against President Trump, despite the fact that the transcript of President Trump's call with Zelensky was expected to be released the following day.