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Ex-advisor Bolton confirms pressure of Trump on Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to Bolton, the U.S. leader stopped the military aid to force Ukraine to hold investigation against his political rivals
21:44, 18 June 2020

AFP

Former national security adviser John Bolton confirmed the pressure of American President Donald Trump on Ukraine. The leader of the U.S. stopped the military aid to force Ukraine to hold an investigation against his political rivals as The New York Times reported.

According to Bolton, that Trump’s entourage tried to convince him to release military aid to Ukraine; however, the American president would like to get the materials of investigation on his main rival Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden.

“On August 20, Mr. Trump said he wasn’t in favor of sending them anything (to Ukraine, - 112.international) until all the Russia-investigation materials related to Clinton and Biden had been turned over,” Bolton wrote.

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Besides, the former national security adviser underlined that impeachment inquiry had to be investigated not only in terms of pressuring Ukraine but also in a number of other cases when Trump tried to use trade talks and criminal investigation in personal political interests.

Bolton highlighted that he reported his concerns to Attorney General William P. Barr.

On September 25, 2019, 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.

On September 24, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the launch of a formal impeachment inquiry in response to the dispute over Mr. Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate his potential 2020 rival, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

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On January 21, the U.S. Senate declined the demands of the Democrats to attach new evidence and witnesses in the trial on the impeachment of President Trump. Senators voted in 53 against 47 to block three proposals of Democrats’ leader in the Senate Chuck Schumer.

 

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