President Trump has thrown down the gauntlet to the Democrats with his comments on the White House lawn on Thursday, Oct. 3, adding an extra dimension to their impeachment probe. Knowing the cameras were rolling, he called for China to begin an investigation into Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

This is amid the impeachment inquiry against him rising to a hectic crescendo this week.

The president, speaking with reporters before he left for Florida, emphasized that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy needs to begin an investigation into the Biden’s alleged corruption in Ukraine.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event at Keene State College in Keene, N.H., Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. (Michael Dwyer/AP  Photo)

“Well, I would think that if they were honest about it, they would start a major investigation into the Bidens. It’s a very simple answer. They should investigate the Bidens,” said the president.

He then added, “likewise, China should start an investigation into the Bidens. Because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine.”

Trump said during a televised interview with Zelenskiy on Sept. 25, at the United Nations, “When Biden’s son walks out of China with $1.5 billion in a fund, and the biggest funds in the world can’t get money out of China, and he’s there for one quick meeting and he flies in on Air Force Two, I think that’s a horrible thing.”

The president gave a speech on health care on Thursday and sprinkled in references to the impeachment inquiry against him several times. When supporters began chanting “Four more years!” he said, “If you want to drive them crazy, just say eight more years or twelve more years. Or sixteen. Sixteen would do it good. You’d really drive them into the loony bin.”

“That’s why they do the impeachment [expletive]—because they know they can’t beat us fairly. That’s the only reason they are doing it. They can’t win,” Trump continued. “If they won, it will be a sad day for our country.”

At the same time the president was making his comments to reporters, the former State Department special envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker, was having discussions with congressional investigators in a special spy-proof room utilized by the House Intelligence Committee.

The whistleblower complaint has mentioned that Volker had a meeting with Zelenskiy the following day after President Trump’s phone conversation, suggesting Volker was involved in the process.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) came out from the meeting, complaining that Democrats had refused to allow State Department lawyers to question Volker.

“Not one thing [Volker] has said comports with any of the Democrats’ impeachment narrative, not one thing,” he said.

After briefly emerging from the meeting, Rep. Lee Zeldin of New York praised Volker, adding his testimony “blew a massive hole” in the allegations that the president sought a quid pro quo from President Zelensky, reported Politico.

The president’s latest comments on the Biden corruption issue is sure to send the Democrats into a frenzy.