GOP Is 'Running for Cover' Over Donald Trump's 'Deeply Disturbing' Alleged Attempt to Force Ukraine to Investigate Biden, John Kerry Says

Former Secretary of State John Kerry has accused the Republican Party of "running for cover" amid allegations that President Donald Trump pressured the Ukrainian government to investigate Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Kerry appeared on CBS on Sunday to discuss comments made by Trump's attorney Rudy Guiliani this weekend, in which the former New York mayor publicly called for an investigation to be opened into alleged corruption involving Biden and his son Hunter, who once worked for a gas company in the country.

Giuliani was responding to reports suggesting that Trump has asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden in exchange for U.S. support and military funding, which is vital to the country given its ongoing war with Russian-backed militias in the Donbass region.

In a rambling, chaotic interview with CNN host Chris Cuomo this weekend, the former New York City mayor repeatedly attacked Cuomo and accused the mainstream media of bias in favor of Biden and against Trump.

Giuliani suggested Biden may have abused his position during a visit to Ukraine in March 2016, in which he requested that the country's top prosecutor—Viktor Shokin—be fired, in line with the aims of the U.S., its allies, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

"You don't get to approve a prosecutor in a foreign country unless something fishy is going on," Giuliani told Fox News on Sunday. But the Ukrainian prosecutor general told Bloomberg in May 2019 that the government did not "see any wrongdoing" by the Bidens.

Kerry told Face the Nation anchor Margaret Brennan Sunday that Giuliani's remarks were "entirely inappropriate."

"First of all, it's entirely inappropriate for the president's personal attorney to be involved in another country trying to find dirt on a presidential candidate," Kerry told Brennan on Sunday.

Kerry then added that Trump's efforts to pressure Zelensky, if proven, would be unacceptable for an American leader. "You know, for the president of the United States to be leveraging American foreign policy, hocking it, extorting the leader of another country—if that's what has happened—is unprecedented," he said.

"The last time the president did that, Richard Nixon, the Republican Party stood up and held him accountable for the abuse of power," Kerry continued.

But Kerry said GOP leaders have been too quiet on the brewing scandal, while Democratic leaders consider whether the alleged wrongdoing warrants impeachment proceedings. "This Republican Party today is running for cover and actually inadvertently supporting a cover-up if what is alleged is true," Kerry argued.

Calls are now mounting for the transcript of the phone call with Zelensky to be released, which Kerry described as "the only way to get at it."

"Let everybody see what the president said," he added. "If he leveraged American foreign policy and foreign aid to get a president of another country to be the opposition research arm of his campaign, that is a fundamental, profound, and deeply disturbing abuse of power."

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President Donald Trump is pictured before a meeting with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko at the Palace Hotel during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly on September 21, 2017 in New York City. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images/Getty