Extremely Unpleasant Evidence: Five New Things From Trump's Impeachment Hearings
At the open hearing on Thursday in the House’s intelligence committee, several extremely unpleasant testimonies about the Ukrainian case were heard for President Trump. True, these are all words, not documents. It is difficult to predict how much they increase the likelihood of impeachment trump Air force.
The most important episode of the five-day hearing was a statement by US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland.
He confirmed that Donald Trump sought the new president of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, to announce that he had launched an investigation into Trump’s potential rival in the presidential election, former vice president Joe Biden.
At the same time, both Sondland and other witnesses who spoke on the committee did not show any documents or records, and their oral testimonies by the Republicans and Democrats in Congress will be interpreted in accordance with party affiliation - which they did, including along the way hearings.
A White House spokeswoman said Thursday that witnesses at the impeachment hearing “rely too much on their own impressions, assumptions, and opinions.”
What we heard from the witnesses who spoke on the intelligence committee, on points:
1. Trump really demanded an investigation against Biden
Ambassador Gordon Sondland confirmed that Trump, through his associate and lawyer Rudy Giuliani and other US representatives working with Ukraine, sought Vladimir Zelensky to start (resume) an investigation against Joe Biden and his son Hunter in the Burisma company case.
The congressmen from the Democratic Party, who initiated the impeachment process, accuse Trump of this, namely, that he tried to drag the leadership of another country into U.S. domestic politics, while blackmailing Ukraine with a delay of $ 400 million in military assistance in the amount of 391.
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Ambassador Sondland affirmatively answered the question of whether the delay in assistance was related to the question of Biden, but emphasized that this was only his assumption.
According to Sondland, Rudy Giuliani, on Trump's instructions, sought from Zelensky a statement that Ukraine would begin an investigation against the Biden, and not the investigation itself.
That is, it was important for the president to cast a shadow on the opponent.
Giuliani in a television interview on Thursday said he had never discussed military assistance with Ukrainians.
2. Who pressed on Zelensky
If before the hearings it could be assumed that Trump sought this service from Zelensky alone, by phone, or with the participation of only Rudy Giuliani, then at the hearings there were statements that many prominent figures were involved in this matter.
Firstly, it follows from the testimony of Gordon Sondland that he himself participated in this. In addition, Sondland assured several times that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo knew about his actions.
And the political adviser to the US embassy in Kiev, David Holmes, speaking at the very end of the hearing, added that the US president in Ukraine was represented by “three amigo” - Sondland, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and special envoy Kurt Walker, and all three were seeking an investigation against Biden.
3. Version of Ukrainian intervention
Former Director of Russian and European Affairs at the National Security Council, Fiona Hill sharply rebuffed Republican congressmen, who, following Trump and Giuliani, say that attempts to influence the outcome of the U.S. presidential election in 2016 came from Ukraine, not from Russia.
According to Hill, this version is being promoted by Russian special services. "I ask you not to spread the politically motivated lies that so obviously play into Russia's hands," Hill turned to the Republicans.
Trump, then Giuliani developed the Ukrainian version in two directions.
The first line was that the Ukrainians in 2016 published fake dirt on the headquarters of candidate Trump Paul Manafort, trying to help Trump’s rival Hillary Clinton.
But last year, Manafort himself admitted what was mentioned in those documents: he received at least 11 million from the Party of Regions of then President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych.
The second conspiracy theory, which is still being developed by Giuliani and Trump, is that the CrowdStrike company, which helped investigate the hacking of Democratic Party servers, belongs to the Ukrainian tycoon and did not actually detect traces of the hacking by Russian special services, but itself falsified these tracks to The FBI was able to blame Russia.
Trump's opponents say these statements are simply a lie from start to finish.
Moscow clearly likes these disputes. “Thank God, now no one is blaming us for interfering in the elections in the United States, now Ukraine is being blamed,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.
4. Invitations of an American to the post of Minister of Defense of Ukraine
An employee of the US National Security Council (NSS), Lt. Col. Alexander Windman, speaking at the November 19 hearing, said Zelensky’s ally, secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, had offered him three times to become the country's defense minister.
Windman assured that he had rejected the proposals and reported them to the management.
How serious these proposals were, it was difficult to understand during the hearing.
In any case, Lieutenant Colonel Windman said that it all looked rather comical, and Alexander Danilyuk told the Daily Beast that this proposal was a joke and in fact they talked about it only once.
Alexander Semenovich Windman was born in the Ukrainian SSR, but still a three-year-old child, in 1979, left with his father in the United States.
5. Cheerful and charming Zelensky
Sondland said at the hearing that Zelensky liked everyone. According to the ambassador, he seemed to the Americans “smart, funny and charming,” and they wanted to get him to meet with Trump as soon as possible so that the presidents would find a common language in personal communication.
As ForumDaily wrote earlier:
- On September 20, the congressmen became interested in a telephone conversation between President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky and US President Donald Trump as part of an investigation into whether Trump and his lawyer Rudolf Giuliani tried put pressure on Ukraine in order to help Trump's election campaign in 2020 year.
- Democrats announce formal request for US impeachment, which was triggered by a conversation between Ukrainian and American leaders.
- US Department of State published conversation transcript President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky and President of the United States Donald Trump.
- 9 October in the White House officially announced refusal to cooperate with the investigation on the possibility of declaring impeachment to US President Donald Trump, which is held by Democrats in the House of Representatives. The presidential administration considers these accusations to be "baseless" and "unconstitutional."
- 31 October US House of Representatives approved the resolutionaccording to which the investigation into the possibility of impeachment to US President Donald Trump goes to the public stage.
- 13 November US House of Representatives launched an open hearing as part of an investigation into impeachment against President Donald Trump. 10 TV channels broadcast the meeting, 13,8 million Americans watched this broadcast.
- Spotlight on second hearing there were testimonies Marie Jovanovic, former US ambassador to Ukraine. Jovanovic was sent resigned as head of the US diplomatic mission in Kiev in May. Democrats claim that Jovanovic became a victim campaign organized by Rudi Giuliani, Trump's personal lawyer.
- 19 November at the House Intelligence Committee have spoken Jennifer Williams, Alexander Windman, Kurt Walker and Tim Morrison.
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