China rejects Trump call to investigate Bidens

China on Tuesday rejected President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump second-term plans remain a mystery to GOP Trump to hold outdoor rally in New Hampshire on Saturday Eighty-eight years of debt pieties MORE's call for Beijing to investigate 2020 presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump second-term plans remain a mystery to GOP Susan Rice: Trump picks Putin over troops 'even when it comes to the blood of American service members' Does Donald Trump even want a second term? MORE and his son, saying it has no desire to impose itself in U.S. domestic affairs. 

“China has long pursued the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries,” foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told the South China Morning Post

“We have no intention of intervening in the domestic affairs of the United States. Our position is consistent and clear.”

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While speaking with reporters last week, Trump stepped up his effort to place Biden under scrutiny, calling on both Ukraine and China to look for dirt on the former vice president and his son Hunter Biden. 

“I would say that [Ukrainian] President [Volodymyr] Zelensky, if it were me, I would recommend they start an investigation into the Bidens. Because nobody doubts they weren't crooked," Trump said, before encouraging China to "start an investigation into the Bidens."

The president noted that he hadn't explicitly asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to open an investigation. But he said that it is “certainly something we can start thinking about.”

The comments come amid a House impeachment inquiry into the president in the wake of revelations about his effort to enlist Ukraine's help in his 2020 reelection campaign. A whistleblower complaint, which was declassified last month, accuses Trump of pressuring the new Ukrainian president to work with his personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiOusted Manhattan US Attorney Berman to testify before House next week Sunday shows preview: With coronavirus cases surging, lawmakers and health officials weigh in Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down MORE and Attorney General William BarrBill BarrDemocrat asks Barr to preserve any records tied to environmental hacking probe Justice Dept. considering replacing outgoing US attorney in Brooklyn with Barr deputy: report Ousted Manhattan US Attorney Berman to testify before House next week MORE to investigate the Bidens over unfounded allegations of corruption. 

A publicly disclosed White House memo of the leaders' July 25 phone conversation verifies several key components of the complaint. 

The president's public comments regarding China prompted widespread backlash from Democratic lawmakers. Joe Biden's campaign immediately issued a rebuke of Trump's remarks, saying they represented "a grotesque choice of lies over truth and self over country."

Federal Elections Commission (FEC) Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub also reiterated that "it is illegal for any person to solicit, accept, or receive anything of value from a foreign national in connection with a U.S. election."

Many GOP lawmakers, however, have dismissed the seriousness of Trump's public call for foreign nations to investigate a political rival.

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRussian bounties revive Trump-GOP foreign policy divide Congress eyes tighter restrictions on next round of small business help Trump administration eyes new strategy on COVID-19 tests MORE (R-Fla.) suggested that Trump was joking, saying that he couldn't tell if it was a "real request" or part of an effort to get the media "outraged by it."