Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Trump Pushed Ukrainian President for Biden Inquiry, Call Record Shows

From HERE.

Did someone say "smocking gun"?

The New York Times reports: 

Trump repeatedly pressured the president of Ukraine for cooperation with his political agenda in a July 25 call, urging his counterpart to start corruption investigations while stressing the United States’ role in military assistance for Kiev.

In a reconstruction of the call released by the White House, Mr. Trump urged President Volodymyr Zelensky to work with Attorney General William P. Barr on potential corruption investigations connected to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., a Democratic rival, and an unsubstantiated theory about stolen Democratic emails in 2016.

Mr. Zelensky reacted to Mr. Trump’s assertion that the United States had “done a lot for Ukraine” by saying that his country was ready to purchase Javelin anti-tank missiles from the United States for its long-running war against Russian-backed separatists in the country’s east.

“I would like you to do us a favor though,” Mr. Trump responded, several times pressing Mr. Zelensky to use Mr. Barr’s help in opening investigations of Mr. Biden and his family and of a company involved in the beginnings of the F.B.I. inquiry of Russia’s 2016 election interference.

Mr. Trump’s suggestion that American law enforcement be directly involved and in contact with Ukraine’s government marks the first evidence that the president personally sought to harness the power of the United States government to further a politically motivated investigation.

The release of the conversation’s details marked a culmination of an extraordinary series of revelations that began in recent weeks with a whistle-blower’s private expressions of concern about Mr. Trump’s actions and prompted Democrats in Congress officially begin an impeachment inquiry that could result in the president’s removal from office.

From HERE.

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