More and more details of the Ukrainian scandal are emerging in the United States. President Donald Trump is even threatened with impeachment.
Special representative Kurt Volker gave the testimony at a private hearing in Congress. In addition, his correspondence with another high-ranking official Gordon Sondland - the U.S. ambassador to the EU, an ardent supporter and donor of the Trump campaign, with the personal lawyer of the U.S. President Rudolf Giuliani and Andriy Yermak, Ze's assistant, was made public.
What becomes clear after Volker’s testimony?
"As soon as the date of the meeting with Trump will be defined, we begin the investigation."
It was about the scandalous July telephone conversation between Trump and Zelensky, who is simply called Z in the correspondence.
As it turned out, a couple of weeks after that conversation, Volker agreed with Giuliani and Sondland on the text of the statement on Biden’s case and Ukraine’s interference in the last presidential election on the Democratic side. For this they promised Ze a personal meeting with Trump in the White House.
"The main thing is that Zelensky should say he will help with the investigation and pay attention to the personal files of people who may be mentioned," Volker told the ambassador.
"The White House says that if President Z convinces Trump that the investigation will go and get to the bottom of what happened in 2016, we will definitely set a date for the visit to Washington," he wrote to Yermak.
"In order to avoid misunderstandings, it may be useful to ask Andriy to prepare a draft version of the statement (under the obligation not to disclose it), so that we can understand exactly what they intend to declare," Sondland wrote.
US Chargé d'Affaires to Ukraine William Taylor joined in a dialogue with Sondland:
"Gordon, yesterday we discussed with Kurt: Sasha Danilyuk made it clear that Zelensky needs to be taken seriously, and not just as an instrument in Washington’s political brawl for re-election."
To which Sondland replied: "Absolutely, but we need to start a dialogue and build relationships, regardless of the pretext. I care about what will happen."
Volker later forwarded Sondland a draft of Zelensky statement:
"Particular attention should be paid to the problem of interference in political processes in the United States. Especially the assumption of interference by Ukrainian politicians. I want to say that this is unacceptable. We intend to start and complete a transparent and impartial investigation of all facts and episodes, including those related to Burisma and the elections 2016 in the United States, which, in turn, will be able to prevent the emergence of this problem in the future. "
However, as we know, such a statement was not made, despite the fact that Zelensky clearly promised Trump to start an investigation.
“Zelensky was promised to help Trump defeat Biden and start a case against him - but only if he was invited to the White House. But Trump waited long with an invitation, because there was no understanding that Kyiv had dirt on Biden and when there would be an investigation. Moreover, Volker insisted that you shouldn’t believe Yury Lutsenko, who previously leaked information, because he did it for the help of Washington to remain the prosecutor general. That is, Volker played not on the Trump’s side," said the source from political Washington circles.
"That's all you need to know about sovereign Ukraine."
As can be seen from the correspondence, Yermak really assured the Americans that Ze would begin an investigation immediately after the announcement of a rendezvous with Trump.
"As soon as we have the exact date of the meeting, we will hold a press briefing, where we will announce the upcoming visit and outline a strategy for reloading relations between the US and Ukraine - including, inter alia, investigations on Burisma and interference with the election," Zelensky's assistant wrote to Volker on August 10.
"Correspondence shows that State Department officials believed that Trump would not agree to meet with Ukrainian President Zelensky until Zelensky promised to start an investigation - and he would do it publicly," the Washington Post writes.
“This is all you need to know about sovereign Ukraine,” bloggers sneer at the social networks.
"Corrupt country with terrible people"
By the way, according to the former special envoy, Trump spoke about Ukraine very impartially, calling it a "corrupt country with terrible people" who "wanted to overthrow him." Yes, he openly resented more than once, saying why the United States should give money to a country where it will be stolen anyway, and let Europe sponsor Ukraine, America has done a lot.
Trump had a bad opinion about Ukraine even before the last election, when the former Ukrainian authorities openly supported his rival Hillary Clinton and leaked dirt against his political strategist Paul Manafort.
And judging by Volker's confessions, the attitude of Trump towards the new Ukrainian government is not the best.
"I understood that, despite the positive news and recommendations that were voiced by the official delegation, President Trump had a deep-rooted negative outlook on Ukraine," Volker said.
Volker, who resigned amid a telephone scandal, made excuses at the hearing that only in September he learned from media reports, that Trump had asked Ukraine to conduct an investigation against Biden during a July conversation with Zelensky.
“Volker is cunning, he worked on two sides: he was friends with the Democrats, and helped Trump. And when it came to intelligence and his name surfaced in a memorandum from CIA agent, who knew about the telephone conversation, - he quit and testified in Congress to whiten himself. In essence, he is now working against Trump, "a source close to the State Department told us.
By the way, it is curious that the lawyer of the anonymous scout who revealed this situation with Trump has Ukrainian roots and worked for Hillary.
This is Andrew Bakaj, the grandson of emigrants from Ukraine, and, as can be seen from his resume, he was an intern at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, a CIA agent, an investigator in the Pentagon, and in 2001 worked in the office of Hillary Clinton, who was then a senator.
In 2014, Bakaj was fired from the CIA, accusing him of owning information that he did not have the right to have. But this year, an external investigation acquitted the lawyer.
Ze between people of Soros and Kolomoisky
Zelensky, according to a source in the Department of State, is influenced by part of his entourage associated with the Democrats and Soros.
"Therefore, he could not open a case against Biden, justifying himself that he did not want to interfere in the American showdown. Although Kolomoisky, with whom Zelensky is associated, is ready to help Trump so that the FBI closes the case against him in America. So Zelensky was in a very difficult situation when you need to choose between several centers of influence, "says the source.
By the way, Volker in his testimony did not deny the possibility that Ukraine interfered in the last presidential election.
Giuliani, meanwhile, continues to post on Twitter his SMS correspondence with Volker about the meeting with Yermak, which the Special Representative helped organize in Madrid.
Trump's lawyer wrote that he had published correspondence so that representatives of the Democratic Party and some media could not create a “false sense that something was wrong.”
"Kurt did nothing wrong. Volker should not be a scapegoat," Giuliani wrote.
Who would be in the place of Volker
Meanwhile, the White House is considering several candidates for the place of Volker, as well as a full-fledged ambassador to Ukraine (now the embassy is headed by Chargé d'Affaires William Taylor).
"These are people loyal to Trump, but the Senate still have to agree on them," says our source.
Among the candidates is 72-year-old Michael Kostiv, a former CIA officer, also with Ukrainian roots, who was fired after a strange scandal. Allegedly in 1981 he was caught in a supermarket stealing a bag of bacon for two dollars. He resigned, charges were dropped. However, in 2004-2006, he returned to the CIA as an adviser to the intelligence director.
At the same time, Kostiv worked at one of the world's largest oil and gas corporations, Chevron, and served as vice president for international government affairs. He also collaborated with Republican Senator John McCain and, people say, it was Kostiv who drew McCain's attention to the Ukrainian question (by the way, Volker was also associated with McCain).
Kostiv is currently Vice President of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and Advisor to the Director of National Intelligence.
Another possible candidate is Corey Mills, a military man who visited our country in 2014.
Previously, he served in conflict regions - Iraq, Kurdistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kenya, Ecuador and Somaliland.
The former military manages arms companies in Florida, Virginia, and Washington that ship ammunition, weapons, and military technology to Iraq, Afghanistan, Malaysia, Congo, and Ukraine.
Mills is admitted to the state secrets through the US State Department and other government departments.
He came to Ukraine when he headed Pacem Solutions (defense consulting). He held "consultations on the Prime Minister of Ukraine electoral security" (apparently, it was about Arseniy Yatsenyuk), and also guarded the US ambassador during the presidential election in 2014.
His responsibilities also included consultations throughout Ukraine, including Donbas. According to the source, Mills also engaged in training as a military instructor of Ukrainian battalion in the ATO zone, where he met with Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.
Meanwhile, the "Ukrainian series" in the United States continues - on October 11, former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was criticized by Trump, will testify. They are also going to interrogate Lev Parnassus, an American-Ukrainian entrepreneur and mediator in Giuliani's meetings with the Ukrainian side.