Trump: It would be 'appropriate' for me to talk to DOJ about investigating Biden

President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? MORE said Friday it would be "appropriate" for him to discuss opening an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Moulton says Biden would make 'fantastic president' MORE and his family with Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrThe road not taken: Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces Correctional officers subpoenaed in Epstein investigation: report Nadler asks other House chairs to provide records that would help panel in making impeachment decision MORE.

Trump told Politico in an interview Friday that he hasn’t talked with Barr about investigating Biden and his family's business dealings but said "certainly it would be an appropriate thing" to bring up with the attorney general. 

"Certainly it is a very big issue and we’ll see what happens. I have not spoken to him about it. Would I speak to him about it? I haven’t thought of that. I mean, you’re asking me a question I just haven’t thought of," he told the outlet.

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The president noted that it could be "a very big situation" for Biden, who has led the Democratic presidential primary field in polling since he launched his campaign last month.

"Because he’s a Democrat it’s about 1/100 the size of the fact that if he were a Republican, it would be a lot bigger," Trump alleged.

Trump’s personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGiuliani says he discussed Biden with Ukrainian official Trump doubles down on Jewish controversy Trump retweets baby elephant video MORE last week called for an investigation into Biden for his previous ties to Ukraine after The New York Times reported that while Biden was vice president in 2016, he allegedly threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees unless the country removed a top prosecutor. The prosecutor, who had been accused of ignoring corruption in his own office, was later voted out. 

Biden’s son Hunter was a board member of an energy company that the prosecutor had been looking into, according to the newspaper. 

Giuliani initially planned to travel to Ukraine to encourage Ukraine's president-elect to launch investigations into Biden and the origins of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE's Russia investigation. 

However, Giuliani changed course late Friday, announcing that he had canceled his trip. The reversal came after Democrats on Capitol Hill accused him of seeking aid from a foreign government.

Biden, the front-runner among a crowded field of Democrats vying for the White House in 2020, had a 32-point lead over his competitors in a Hill-HarrisX poll released earlier this week. 

Biden also surpassed Trump by six points in the first poll published after the former vice president officially announced his candidacy in April.