U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland informed the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump about the results of the conviction of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky to launch an anti-corruption investigation against former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. This is reported by The Wall Street Journal with reference to the working emails of Sandland.
In emails addressed to Energy Secretary Rick Perry and White House Chief of Staff Mik Mulvaney, Sondland says he is ready to confirm his plans to launch an investigation. The diplomat sent the emails days before the two presidents’ phone call, which prompted discussion of Trump’s impeachment.
“He is ready to take the president’s call. He will assure him that he intends to conduct a fully transparent investigation and “will turn every stone” – said about The Green in Sondland’s letter.
The ambassador will answer questions from members of the House of Representatives this week. He is considered one of those responsible for the work of the “second line of communication” of the U.S. authorities with the Ukrainian authorities, which allegedly threatened to deprive Ukraine of military support. Another person involved in the report, Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, reported testimony from a witness who heard Sandland speak to Trump. The ambassador allegedly told the president that he did not have a soul (the original wording was obscene) and was ready to “do whatever he was asked to do.”
In September, a scandal erupted in the U.S. over information about pressure that Trump allegedly tried to exert on Greensky. According to some reports, during a July call to his Ukrainian counterpart, the U.S. President demanded that he launch an investigation into the actions of Joe Biden’s son (Biden Sr. is expected to become a Republican rival in the 2020 election) in exchange for providing Kyiv military and financial aid.
Amid the rumors, the U.S. lower house of Congress, controlled by Democrats, announced the start of impeachment proceedings. Trump ordered the release of a transcript of his conversation with Green, which revealed that he had not given the President of Ukraine any conditions for an investigation into Biden’s son.