U.S. President Donald Trump wanted to find evidence of Ukraine’s involvement in attempts to interfere in the U.S. election in 2016 and sent his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to Kyiv to that end. This is reported by The New York Times (NYT) citing sources in the U.S. and Ukraine, as well as information obtained from the documents.
According to the newspaper, Trump was “even fixated on a conspiracy theory” that said that the missing email correspondence of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who lost to him in the presidential election, may have been stored in Ukraine; On this topic, the American leader, according to the publication, could hint in a July conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Vladimir Zelensky, when he recommended him to cooperate on some issues with the U.S. Attorney General William Barr. He also believed that during the presidential race some “forces in Ukraine” associated with the American Democrats facilitated the dissemination of compromising material about the lawyer Paul Manafort, who led his election campaign in the summer of 2016 As the NYT notes, Trump and Giuliani have pursued a “shadow foreign policy” against Kyiv, which is at odds with the official U.S. course.
In addition, the newspaper writes that the entourage of the fifth President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko shortly before the election of the head of state demonstrated readiness to conduct an investigation, the beginning of which was sought by Giuliani, thus counting on support from the outsider Trump. Representatives of the Ukrainian politician told the publication that this information is not true.
In September, a scandal broke in the United States over information about the pressure that Donald Trump allegedly tried to exert on Vladimir Zelinsky to help him get elected for a second term. According to some reports, the U.S. President pressed the Ukrainian leader in a July phone call, demanding that he launch an investigation into the actions of the son of former Vice President Joe Biden (Biden Sr. is expected to become a rival to the Republican on the elections in 2020) in exchange for providing Kyiv with military and financial assistance. Amid these rumors, the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives announced the launch of impeachment proceedings, and Trump, in turn, ordered the publication of a transcript of the conversation with Green, from which it turned out that he did not set His Ukrainian counterpart has no conditions to investigate Biden’s son.