Asked last month by Fox News host Sean Hannity whether Americans need to see the results of Ukraine's ongoing investigation into whether officials in that country worked with the Clinton team, Trump replied, "I think we do".
The move has raised questions about whether the Trump campaign and its allies are trying to enlist a foreign government to aid the president's bid for re-election.
The Times also revealed that Biden's younger son, Hunter, served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company that Shokin was investigating before he was removed.
He made the comment in an interview with "Politico" on Friday, just before his attorney Rudy Giuliani was expected to meet with Ukraine's new President to discuss the issue. Giuliani later canceled his trip to the Ukraine where he planned to ask the new government to launch investigations into issue that would be politically useful to Trump - like how the Russian Federation probe "really" began and former Vice President Joe Biden's son.
Mr. Giuliani's planned trip, which has not been previously reported, is part of a monthslong effort by the former NY mayor and a small group of Trump allies working to build interest in the Ukrainian inquiries. "Their motivation is to try to discredit the special counsel's investigation; undermine the case against Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump's imprisoned former campaign chairman; and potentially to damage Mr. Biden, the early front-runner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination", NYT wrote.
"It's stunning that the Trump administration is going down the same tragic path they did in 2016 seeking help from a foreign government again to influence an American presidential election".
"I'm hearing it's a major scandal, major problem", Trump said on Fox News recently. With the renewed investigations, questions over whether Joe Biden's actions constitute a conflict of interest have resurfaced.
While his Kiev excursion may be canceled, Giuliani has reportedly already met with Ukrainian officials in the United States regarding leaks about former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort's business dealings in Ukraine.
Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager, is serving about seven and a half years in prison on charges related to political consulting work he did in Ukraine prior to joining Trump's campaign for the 2016 election. Ukrainian officials have denied involvement, but Trump has latched onto the idea that Kiev "colluded" with Democrats and that the origins of Mueller's probe were fraudulent.
In the Times article, Giuliani argued he's not acting illegally, though he admitted, "somebody could say it's improper".