'Ballistic' Bolton, Others Scrambling to Do Something About Trump's Ukraine Call

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The July call is central to the impeachment inquiry, and embarrassed Zelenskiy because it showed him as eager to please Trump and critical of European partners whose support he needs to strengthen Ukraine's economy and to end the conflict with Russian Federation.

According to the Post, officials were alarmed by the removal of then-US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch in May, the promotion of Ukraine-related conspiracies from Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and indications in White House meetings that Trump wanted the Ukrainian government to deliver politically damaging information on former Vice President Joe Biden.

The elder Biden pressured Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in 2016 to oust a top prosecutor who was probing Burisma, an energy company that paid Hunter Biden as a board member from 2014 to 2019. However, contrary to the accusations, a newly uncovered memo suggests no military aid was mentioned, ruling out quid pro quo allegations. "Because if I, as president of Ukraine, comment the conversation with Mr. Trump, it will be primarily interference in your [American] legislative system, interference in your future elections, which means there will be interference in the electoral process, which will become opaque and dependent because of me", Zelensky said.

Zelenskiy said he had seen no evidence of Ukraine meddling in the election in the United States.

"I don't want to interfere in USA elections", Zelensky said. "After the meeting, America unblocked it".

He also said he thinks the transcript released by the Trump administration is accurate but admitted he didn't check whether the Ukrainian transcript of the July call is the same as that of the White House.

Mr. Zelensky and Mr. Pence met in the Polish capital on September 1. Questions are not screened in advance, and all participants are allowed to ask questions.

He's treading carefully to ensure continued support from the U.S. while trying to make peace with powerful neighbor Russian Federation.

Ukraine, France and Germany had planned to hold the meeting of the group known as the Normandy Four, aimed at resolving the five-year-long conflict, as early as last month, Zelenskiy told reporters, but Russian Federation turned down the proposal.

"We are now looking again at all cases that were closed or broken up or were investigated earlier to make a decision to reconsider those instances where illegal procedural decisions were made", he said. "I'm not ready to lose the lives of more people", he said.

However, their contemporaneous alarm over Trump's conduct on the call would undermine the relevance of questioning the 18-day gap between the call and the whistleblower complaint by the president's defenders. "It was not the subject of our conversation".

On Wednesday a poll by Fox News, which is supportive of the president, found that 51% of voters are in favour of impeaching Mr Trump and removing him from office.

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