"Publicly available - and irrefutable - evidence shows how senior Ukrainian government officials sought to influence the 2016 US presidential election in opposition to President Trump's candidacy, and that some in the Ukrainian embassy in Washington worked with a Democrat operative to achieve that goal", the document continues. Was the scheme, in fact, put in place to try to pressure the last President of the Ukraine Poroshenko and his corrupt Prosecutor General Lutsenko into conducting these same investigations, and was that plan put into turmoil and chaos when this new reformer Zelensky surged in the polling and ultimately won that presidency? Trump calls the inquiry a partisan "witch hunt" and neither he nor his lawyers have agreed to appear in an inquiry hearing on Wednesday.
Trump's July 25 call with Zelenskiy is at the centre of the House impeachment probe. "It wasn't Ukraine. Russia was behind the stolen DNC emails and (John) Podesta and all that good stuff". He presses Ukraine for investigations into Democrats as US aid to Ukraine is withheld. "I don't want us to look like beggars", Zelenskiy said in the transcript.
He said that an end to the conflict with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine could not be discussed until three preliminary steps had been taken. The president claimed that the interview should mean the case for impeachment was "over" and that Zelensky had said he "did absolutely nothing wrong". USA intelligence officials, however, described Russia's influence efforts as "informational warfare" to harm Clinton's campaign and benefit Trump's. I think that's just about fairness. "The President can say that they meddled because they had a preference, the elected officials, that's not the current people".
"When America says, for instance, that Ukraine is a corrupt country, that is the hardest of signals", Zelensky told the magazine. "But that signal from them is very important", Zelensky explained.
"I urge my Republican colleagues - they know who they are - to stop spreading these lies, which hurts our democracy", he said.
Because he shares the name, but not the politics of the legendary U.S. President, the Louisiana Senator is sometimes identified as "no-relation Kennedy".