U.S. Attorney in Ukraine William Taylor has explicitly stated that Donald Trump is pushing President Vladimir Zelensky to investigate his political opponent Joe Biden.
Every new day there are new details of Donald Trump’s attempt to put pressure on Ukraine. Congress is investigating the case as part of trump’s impeachment proceedings. The White House, on the other, as it struggles, is trying to fight back.
What has become known recently?
Trump’s all recognized
Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney accidentally acknowledged during a conversation with reporters that military aid to Ukraine had been frozen in exchange for the start of Ukraine’s investigation into the case against the Democrats.
During the speech, Mulvaney stressed that he was only aware of the U.S. request to investigate the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s server in 2016.
At the same time, the civil servant did not specify that the published correspondence of American diplomats mentioned attempts to force Ukraine to investigate the case of Joe Biden’s son, a political rival of U.S. President Donald Trump.
At first, Mulvaney said the president did not allocate money because of corruption in Ukraine and the reluctance of other countries to help Kyiv. But then he also cited a third factor: “Did Trump mention the corruption associated with the Democrats’ server? Of course! There is no doubt about that. That’s it. That’s why we withheld the money.”
The journalist asked: “So, the requirement to investigate the history with the server was one of the reasons why Ukraine was not given money?”. Mulvaney replied, “of course, yes.” The journalist did not let up: “You just described the deal in the style: You are investigating us, and we will give you money!”. And then Mulvaney burned: “Yes, we do it all the time!”. And he added, “Resign. There will always be an element of political pressure in foreign policy.”
But it’s still a flower compared to the statements of the U.S. Attorney in Ukraine William Taylor. The attorney spoke at a closed hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives and laid out all the cards.
Taylor said that Kurt Volker and Gordon Sondland, who were part of the unofficial channel for implementing U.S. policy toward Ukraine, wanted Green to make it clear to Trump that he would help with the investigation.
“Ambassador Volker said that the most important thing for Zelinsky will be to say that he will help the investigation, as well as solve personal personnel issues, if any,” Taylor said in the text of the statement.
On July 20, I spoke on the phone with Ambassador Sondland while he was traveling by train from Paris to London. Sondland told me that he had recommended that President Green use the phrase “I’ll look every stone” when he’s discussing the investigation with President Trump,” Added William Taylor.
He noted that on the same day he communicated with the former secretary of the National Security Council of Ukraine Alexander Daniluk, who said that the president does not want to be used as a pawn in the American election campaign.
Taylor says he then realized that an unofficial channel of communication was being used to encourage Ukrainians to pursue Donald Trump’s own political interests – launching an investigation into the son of his political rival Joe Biden.
The White House’s justification
The White House has called the testimony of William Taylor, the U.S. Attorney for Ukraine, as part of the impeachment investigation “triple rumors” and insists that President Donald Trump “did nothing wrong.”
White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham released a statement Tuesday after Taylor told congressmen that the Trump administration had made a public announcement of the investigation into the Trump administration. Burisma, the son of former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.
Grisham insists that President Trump did not demand any quid pro quo – “service for service.”
“Today there were only triple rumors and election leaks from politically engaged secret hearings of Democrats behind closed doors,” she said.
She called the investigations nonsense and a “smear campaign.”
U.S. observers point out that Taylor’s testimony generally confirmed Trump’s desire to use military aid to Ukraine as leverage to launch an investigation into Biden.
Trump himself said he did not know Taylor, who is the U.S. attorney for Ukraine. Trump also said it would be great if the White House did not give the posts to his opponents.
Pressed before the inauguration
Even before his inauguration, He felt pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump and his lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani, to investigate the son of Democrat Joe Biden, three sources told The Associated Press. spoke on the condition of anonymity.
On May 7, he gathered a small group of advisers in Kyiv to talk about the country’s energy needs. In the end, for much of the three-hour debate, they talked about how to handle Trump and Giuliani’s demands for an investigation and how to avoid getting involved in the U.S. election.
Two of his main assistants, Andrei Ermak and Andrei Bogdan, were present at the meeting on May 7, as well as the head of Naftogaz Andrey Kobolev and American Amos Hochstein, who is a member of the supervisory board of the Ukrainian company.
Hochstein is a former diplomat who advised Biden on Ukraine during the Obama administration. The meeting took place before the inauguration of Greensky, but about two weeks after Trump called to congratulate him on the night of the election on April 21. And it happened more than two months before the phone conversation of the new President of Ukraine and the American leader, which took place on July 25.
“The full details of what the two leaders discussed in the Easter Sunday phone call were never made public, and it’s unclear whether Trump explicitly asked for an investigation into the Bidens,” the AP reported.
Memories of the three people differ on whether he referred to the first conversation with Trump as a source of concern. But they all show that the president-elect was wary of Trump’s insinuating to the former U.S. vice president and his son Hunter’s business dealings.
In any case, the newspaper writes, he knew at once that vital military support could depend on which side he chooses in the American struggle. The office did not respond to the AP’s request for comment before publication.