Ashton Kutcher Uses Demi Moore 'Truth' Scam to Send Anti-Trump Texts to Fans
Hollywood star tricks fans into giving phone numbers then sends Trump impeachment messages
Scandal-ridden Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher used a low-ball scam to trick his fans into giving out their phone numbers, by asking them to text him to get "truth" - presumably about his ex-wife Demi Moore - before sending back anti-Trump text messages calling for the president's impeachment.
Fans responded with outrage, accused the liberal star of being "dishonest" and abusing their trust for a "data grab."
Kutcher was wading into the row over President Donald Trump's controversial Ukraine phone call - the alleged contents of which have triggered House Democrats to pursue impeachment proceedings.
The document shows that Trump discussed with President Voldomir Zelensky allegations that former Vice President Joe Biden forced the Ukrainian Government to fire a prosecutor that was investigating a company in Ukraine with ties to his son, Hunter Biden.
While still serving as VP, Biden allegedly threatened to withhold US aid from Ukraine unless his demands were met.
While Trump did discuss investigating the allegations against Biden with Zelensky, at no point does he mention any form of quid-pro-quo such as withholding aid - an accusation Democrats cited as their reasoning for impeachment.
Kutcher responded by telling his fans - and anyone else who gave their numbers after falling for his scam - that Trump should be removed from office for trying to "encourage" Ukraine to "investigate Biden without cause," whether or not he withheld military aid in order to do it.
The actor told his fans that "soliciting foreign interference in our election is un-American" after revealing that he and wife Mila Kunis - who was born in Ukraine - recently met with President Voldomir Zelensky and found him to be a decent man.
Kutcher delivered the message via a number that he tweeted out amid the fallout from ex-wife Demi Moore's memoir, telling his followers to "text me for truth."
For truth text me. +1 (319) 519-0576— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) September 25, 2019
While many assumed he would use the number to put across his version of events after Moore gave away intimate details of their married life, instead he used it to praise Zelensky and attack Trump.
"Mila and I met with President Zelenski and his wife a little over a week ago," he wrote in the first of three messages.
"My gut: He is committed to eliminating corruption in Ukraine.
"He's also committed to ending the war and grateful for the US financial commitment because they needed it."
The US has been sending aid to Ukraine since the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, but in 2014 voted to significantly increase that aid after a revolution which saw the outbreak of war with Russian-backed separatists in its eastern regions.
In a second text, Kutcher added: "If our president used that financial aid to leverage president Zelensky to investigate Biden he should be impeached.
"If our president did not use it as leverage and simply encouraged president Zelensky to investigate Biden without cause he should be impeached."
The 70s Show actor added: "If you like President Trump or not[,] America is the priority[.] [S]oliciting foreign interference in our election is unAmerican."
The scandal broke after it emerged that an anonymous whistleblower complained to the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community about a conversation that Trump had made to a foreign leader in a phone call.
Amid rampant speculation, Trump confirmed rumors that he had spoken with Ukraine's Zelensky about the Biden family's links to Ukraine, and a gas company - that Hunter Biden was a board member of - that was once placed under investigation for corruption.
Joe Biden has since publicly boasted, although not recently, that he withheld military aid from Ukraine, while he was vice president, to force them to fire the prosecutor investigating his son's firm.
On Wednesday Trump released a transcript of his call with Zelensky that shows he discussed investigating the Bidens about the allegations.
"There's a lot of talk about Biden's son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great," he said.
"Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it ... It sounds horrible to me."
The call makes no mention of Trump withholding military aid or offering anything else in return for the investigation.
Ahead of the release of the transcript, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched an impeachment inquiry to look into whether charges can be brought against Trump.
For his part, Trump has defended what he described as a "very nice call" and repeatedly blasted Democrats and the "dishonest" media for obsessing over the "witch hunt."
"Impeachment for that?" Trump asked incredulously as he vowed "transparency" and said he will likely release a transcript of his additional call with Zelensky.