Entangled in United States scandal, Ukraine's leader speaks at the UN

Entangled in United States scandal, Ukraine's leader speaks at the UN

Entangled in United States scandal, Ukraine's leader speaks at the UN

I am now at the United Nations representing our Country, but have authorized the release tomorrow of the complete, fully declassified and unredacted transcript of my phone conversation with President Zelensky of Ukraine....

If President Donald Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden in their July telephone call, it is a crime, retired Judge Andrew Napolitano said Tuesday.

Details from a phone call made by Donald Trump that has led the U.S. House of Representatives to launch a formal impeachment inquiry against the president isn't likely to come from a recording or be verbatim, former White House and national security officials say.

The whistleblower - a member of the intelligence community - said in their complaint that they had heard the information from "White House officials", but did not have firsthand knowledge of the call, the Justice Department official said.

Zelenskiy had made no mention of the matter in his speech to world leaders as he called for wide global support for his country, five years after Russian Federation annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and Moscow threw its weight behind separatists fighting in the eastern part of his country.

Trump shot back at Pelosi earlier Wednesday, uploading a 58 second clip of her remarks from 1998 in which she stepped out in opposition to the effort to impeach President Bill Clinton.

A former White House senior official concurred there was unlikely to be a recording.

After the transcript was released, Trump took to Twitter to ask if the Democrats would "apologise" to him "after seeing what was said on the call with the Ukrainian President".

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks during the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks during the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

He blamed coverage of the memo, which clearly shows that Trump brought up an investigation of Joe Biden with the Ukrainian president in a conversation about military aid to the country, on "corrupt" journalists.

Senator Bob Casey said, "The recent revelation that President Trump pressured a foreign government to investigate his political opponents is a textbook case of abuse of power which demands action".

The Washington Post had reported that Trump had told his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, to delay nearly $400 million in military aid for at least a week before he made the call to the Ukrainian president.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks during the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2019.

Prosecutors from the Justice Department reviewed a rough transcript of the call and determined the president did not violate campaign finance law.

The focus on Biden centers on the role that his son, Hunter, had while his father was Vice President. "That has caused the Democrats to commence their impeachment investigation".

However, the Fox News analyst does not believe that the Senate will ultimately convict the president following an impeachment by the House.

While there is no explicit mention of the withheld aid money during the July 25 phone call, President Trump invoked the country's financial fortunes after saying "we will get to the bottom of it".

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