Pompeo says appropriate for Trump to ask Ukraine to probe corruption

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   10/09/19 10:28 AM

Trump’s case against whistleblower descends deeper into incoherence 10/09/19 10:28 AM

The memo, later turned over to congressional investigators, suggested that its author, who has not been publicly identified but referred to by the Washington Examiner as one who could have had "professional" ties with a 2020 Democratic candidate, was contacted by a White House official on the afternoon of the 25 July Trump-Zelensky conversation.

The White House, with the belief that the Democrats' impeachment efforts are unconstitutional, refused to cooperate and sent an eight-page letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday addressing the issue. There was no blackmail'.

Mr. Zelensky - tieless in a dark grey suit - said he would be willing to open a "joint investigation" into Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company that in 2014 hired Hunter Biden onto its board of directors.

During a day-long media event at a food court in Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky continued to try to shove considerable distance between himself and the political scandal now engulfing President Trump.

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Trump told aides that McAleenan had the look he was going for, with the trim, stern demeanor of a federal agent. The president said on Twitter that Mr McAleenan has done an outstanding job and border crossings are down.

Questions have been raised about the Trump administration withholding aide to Ukraine around the time of the July 25 phone call between the two leaders and whether that was related to Trump's request to Zelenskiy to investigate Biden.

Following the phone call, Zelensky said his defence minister told him "there is a problem, the money has been blocked". Trump has denied those claims, and the military aid has since been released to Ukraine.

Zelenskiy said the USA has not provided any details of such interference. "And in case we need to find a solution to questions of this level, questions about our country's security, we use all our powerful possibilities".

"We didn't speak about this", he told reporters.

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Zelenskiy appears to be playing to both USA political camps to ensure Ukraine has continued support no matter who wins the presidential election next year.

The goal of the conversation, according to Zelenskiy, was to simply arrange a meeting with Trump, and there were no "conditions" from the American side, BBC reports. "This was not the subject of our conversation", he said.

He said he wanted to meet with Trump in person but that there were "no conditions" set for such a meeting. "This became no longer the topic of our dialog", Zelenskiy talked about about his name with Trump. "We are an independent country, we have relations with many countries", not just the U.S. He's treading carefully to ensure continued support from the US while trying to make peace with powerful neighbor Russian Federation. He spoke Thursday during an unusual, all-day "media marathon" in a Kyiv food court amid growing questions about his actions as president.

Whereas Zelenskiy became talking, prosecutors within the United States talked about two of Giuliani's friends had been arrested in a map to illegally funnel money to a expedient-Trump election committee and diversified USA political candidates. It also appears that the concerns that these White House officials have were related to the efforts of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani to chase down support for a weird conspiracy regarding the 2016 Presidential election that claims the Clinton campaign and Ukraine were actually the guilty parties rather than the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. No evidence of such a plot has emerged.

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Mr Trump's personal attorney Rudolph Giuliani also alleges some officials in Ukraine conspired to help Mr Trump's Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton.

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