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The President won't and can't deny the quid pro quo on Biden investigation in addition to Ukraine's meddling in 2016 election on behalf of Hillary Clinton. The President is going full blast on how corrupt the Democrats are ...

US diplomats told Zelenskiy that Trump visit was dependent on Biden statement

US diplomats told Ukraine's president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, that a prestigious White House visit to meet Donald Trump was dependent on him making a public statement vowing to investigate Hunter Biden's company, and a Ukrainian role in the 2016 elections, according to texts released on Thursday night.

The texts, released by three congressional committees holding impeachment hearings, show that the diplomats made clear that any improvement in Kyiv's relations with Washington would be dependent on Zelenskiy's cooperation in Trump's quest to find damaging material about son of his leading political opponent, and on the Democrats in general.

In August, Zelenskiy's government became aware, through a US press report, that military aid for its struggle with Russia, had been withheld by Trump, in an apparent effort to increase the pressure on the Ukrainian government.

The texts are exchanges from July to early September between three US diplomats - Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union, Kurt Volker, the then special envoy on Ukraine, and Bill Taylor, the acting ambassador to Kyiv. Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani and a Zelenskiy aide, Andrey Yermak, also make brief appearances in the correspondence.

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Trump and his supporters have sought to create a counter-narrative to the US intelligence community finding that Russia intervened in the 2016 US election in Trump's favour. According to the counter-narrative, the real interference came from Ukrainian oligarchs and was in Hillary Clinton's favour. There is no evidence for the theory [sic - Oui], but the launch of an investigation by Kyiv would have given it credence.

Attachment letter of correspondence

'Crazy to withhold security assistance' to Ukraine for political campaign: Top US diplomat | ABC News |

In the Sept. 9 exchange, obtained by ABC News, the concerns are expressed by Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine. Gordon Sondland, the United States Ambassador to the European Union, responds to Taylor, saying that charge is "incorrect."

"Bill, I believe you are incorrect about President Trump's intentions. The President has been crystal clear: no quid pro quo's of any kind. The President is trying to evaluate whether Ukraine is truly going to adopt the transparency and reforms that President Zelenskiy promised during his campaign," Sondland says.

Sondland then suggests to the group take the conversations off line, typing, "I suggest we stop the back and forth by text." It's unclear whether the material obtained by ABC News included the full exchange.

Volker Texts on Ukraine Shared With Congress | ABC News |



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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 08:32:54 AM EST

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