America has been waiting for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to make a statement; and on Tuesday, she officially announced a formal impeachment inquiry amid Donald Trump’s Ukraine scandal. Meanwhile, Trump is ready to turn over transcripts regarding his call with Ukraine.
According to a source close to the situation, Trump pressured Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son Hunter. CNN reports the call took place on July 25, one day after former counsel Robert Mueller testified before Congress about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. The call was also a part of whistleblower complaint that was submitted to the Intelligence Community Inspector General, the source added.
However, we’ve now learned that Trump himself ordered a freeze on the aid of $400 million in military aid to Ukraine, just before telling the Ukrainian president that he wanted Ukraine to look up dirt on Biden and his son. The Washington Post reports that Trump ordered White House acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, to freeze the money on July 18. A week later, Trump pressured Zelensky to investigate potential damaging information on Biden.
According to reports, Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani have been pushing for an investigation into Biden, suggesting that Biden improperly pressured Ukranian leaders, while he was vice president, to fire #ViktorShokin, a prosecutor there, because of concern that Shokin was investigating Burisma Holdings, a Ukraine, natural gas company whose board Biden’s son served on.
Trump initially refused to submit transcripts of the call to Congress, but now has confirmed he will turn them in in a pair of tweets he posted on Tuesday. The transcript will be released to the public on Wednesday. “I am currently at the United Nations representing our Country, but have authorized the release tomorrow of the complete, fully declassified and unredacted transcript of my phone conversation with President Zelensky of Ukraine,” he tweeted.
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