Ukraine to review cases into firm linked to Hunter Biden


It soon escalated into what one feared was a "crazy" swap that risked vital US military aid.

President Donald Trump ordered the removal of the then-ambassador to Ukraine after she obstructed the administration's efforts to convince the country to open an investigation into Joe Biden's son, the Wall Street Journal reports.

In one exchange, Volker and Ambassador Gordon Sondland discussed a draft statement in which the Ukrainian government would announce an investigation into the 2016 us presidential election and into a company whose board Biden's son served on. The president has described his call with the Ukrainian leader as "perfect". Yermak suggested several dates when Trump and Zerenskiy could meet in September.

Trump's call for a Chinese investigation centers around a 2013 trip the two Bidens made to Beijing in 2013.

Ukraine's previous general prosecutor, Yuriy Lutsenko, closed a money-laundering and tax-irregularity probe into Burisma's owner, Mykola Zlochevsky, in 2016. Trump is accused of pushing Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the U.S. leader's 2020 election rival Joe Biden in return for $400 million in military aid, in a mushrooming scandal that has engulfed the White House, state department and justice department. As the negotiations progressed, Sondland said Trump "really wants the deliverable".

"It's the cover-up and not the crime" is always a lame cliché, and even more so in a case like this, where Ukrainian soldiers were dying in the conflict with Russian Federation while Trump was holding up military aid in hopes that Ukraine would fluff up a conspiracy theory for him.

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"This is my nightmare scenario", Taylor texted his colleagues days later. "This president is scared, and he's acting out", the Louisiana congressman said.

The Republican president, the subject of an impeachment inquiry in Congress for asking Ukraine's president to investigate the Bidens, upped the ante by calling on China to "start an investigation" into 2020 presidential hopeful Biden and his businessman son Hunter.

■ Trump claimed again on Twitter that his pressure on the Ukrainians to investigate Biden was about "corruption" and not politics.

Trump has sought to implicate Biden and his son in the kind of corruption that has long plagued Ukraine.

They did not specify how many, if any, were related to Hunter Biden's work at Burisma. But always in the form of corruption. In the complaint, the whistleblower says he or she had learned from USA officials that "on or around 14 May, the President instructed Vice President Pence to cancel his planned travel to Ukraine to attend President Zelenskiy's inauguration on 20 May" and sent Energy Secretary Rick Perry to lead the delegation instead.

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Committee staff members who attended the briefing said it concerned a package of documents delivered to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that included allegations against Biden and Yovanovitch.

What followed was the scramble, and finger-pointing, to apparently fix what had been launched.

Sondland replies that they need to proceed with establishing a relationship "irrespective of the pretext".

He described a text from one senior department official that read, "It's insane if we are trying to leverage United States dollars in security assistance for help in a political campaign".

The three chairman - Adam Schiff, who leads House Intelligence; Eliot Engel, who leads House Foreign Affairs and Elijah Cummings, who leads House Oversight - said they had far more material and hoped to make more of it public.

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