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Trump used Pence to put pressure on Zelensky in Biden case, - The Washington Post

Trump personally forbade Pence to come to Kyiv for the inauguration of Zelensky
12:21, 3 October 2019

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U.S. President Donald Trump used Vice President Mike Pence for putting pressure on Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky as The Washington Post reported.

Moreover, Trump personally forbade Pence to come to Kyiv for the inauguration of Zelensky. The Head of the White House used the vice president for putting pressure on Zelensky many times.

Thus, in a month after the inauguration, Trump ordered Pence to inform Zelensky about the delay of the financial aid from Washington in case of the absence of more aggressive actions against corruption. Then Ukrainian authority understood that the issue is about the investigation against Hunter Biden.

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Moreover, the sources stated that Pence was present during the July phone conversation of the presidents. He had to get access to the decoding of the transcript in a few hours.

Besides, the officials said that coming to the meeting with Zelensky in Warsaw, Pence was not familiarized completely with the transcript. In Poland, Pence informed Ukrainian president that Washington would not allocate financial aid due to the weak efforts of the state in the fight against corruption.

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The number of the American mass media reported earlier that on July 25, Trump tried to convince Zelensky in the necessity to start the investigation against Hunter Biden, the son of Joe Biden. Besides, the U.S. President “urged him about eight times to work” with lawyer Rudi Giuliani on the investigation against Hunter Biden.

On September 25, the White House published the transcript of the talk of two presidents. On September 26, the U.S. Congress published the full version of the complaint against the pressure of U.S. President Donald Trump on President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky during the phone talk in July.

 

 

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