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Biden campaign releases video to explain 'what really happened in Ukraine'

Biden campaign releases video to explain 'what really happened in Ukraine'

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDemocrats warn GOP will regret Barrett confirmation Trump campaign eyes election night party at his sold-out DC hotel Harris blasts GOP for confirming Amy Coney Barrett: 'We won't forget this' MORE’s presidential campaign on Tuesday released a video purporting to explain “what really happened in Ukraine” as the campaign pushes back on expected GOP arguments during President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump admin to announce coronavirus vaccine will be covered under Medicare, Medicaid: report Election officials say they're getting suspicious emails that may be part of malicious attack on voting: report McConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote MORE's impeachment trial in the Senate.

In the four-minute video, Biden’s rapid response director Andrew Bates calls former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin “the embodiment of the corruption that has been hurting Ukraine’s government for a very long time” and cites calls for his firing from the international community and Republican senators.

“Joe Biden is the person who got him out of office. It was a monumental, international, bipartisan, anti-corruption victory,” Bates says in the video, noting that Sens. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonDemocrat announces 2022 bid for Ron Johnson's seat Senators battle over Supreme Court nominee in rare Saturday session Sunday shows preview: Trump, Biden gear up for final sprint to Election Day MORE (R-Wis.), Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanGraham wants to review ActBlue's source of small-dollar contributions GOP blocks Schumer effort to adjourn Senate until after election Candymakers meet virtually with lawmakers for annual fly-in, discuss Halloween safety MORE (R-Ohio) and then-Sen. Mark KirkMark Steven KirkThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Senate makes SCOTUS nominee Barrett a proxy for divisive 2020 Senate Republicans scramble to put Trump at arm's length Liberal veterans group urges Biden to name Duckworth VP MORE (R-Ill.) all signed onto the effort.

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The aide called claims by Trump that Biden’s efforts to remove Shokin were an attempt to protect his son Hunter Biden from investigation “horses---t,” noting that Shokin’s removal was official U.S. policy and that Shokin "wasn't investigating" Burisma, the natural gas company on whose board the younger Biden sat.

The video comes shortly after a memo to media organizations by the Biden campaign calling on journalists not to reference allegations against Biden without also saying they have been debunked.

“[Trump’s] objective was to pressure the Ukrainian government into spreading a malicious and conclusively debunked conspiracy theory: that Vice President Biden engaged in wrongdoing when he executed official United States policy to remove a corrupt prosecutor from office,” communications director Kate Bedingfield wrote in the memo to reporters and editors.

Trump and his GOP allies in Congress have repeatedly criticized Biden for calling for the Ukrainian prosecutor's firing. Biden and his son, meanwhile, have both denied any wrongdoing and no evidence has emerged that the then-vice president acted with his son's interests in mind.