Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky planned to bow to the demands of Donald Trump and investigate Joe Biden before the promised release of assistant and whistleblower's whistleblower, reports.
The former comedian, who was given office on promises to clear up corruption, stood in line to make the public announcement in exchange for much needed $ 400 million in military aid, The New York Times said Thursday.
Petro Burkovskiy, a senior fellow at the Democratic Initiatives Foundation, told the Zelensky & # 39; s staff in support of & # 39; bowing to what was demanded, despite the & # 39; high cost & # 39 ;.
It is suggested that Zelensky made the announcement in an interview with Fareed Zakaria on CNN. Zakaria confirmed that there was an interview in the pipeline, but said he had no knowledge of such plans.
Burkovskiy added: & # 39; The Zelensky team was ready to make this quid quo pro. They were ready. & # 39;
But the public announcement with plans to investigate Biden was canceled after news about the freezing of military aid became public and Trump released the funds.
The Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky reportedly planned to bow to the demands of Donald Trump and investigate Joe Biden for the promised release of the assistant and the whistleblower whistleblower. Zelensky and Trump are depicted in September
It is suggested that Zelensky made the announcement in an interview with Fareed Zakaria on CNN. Zakaria, in the photo, confirmed that an interview was in the pipeline
Journalist Zakaria said: & # 39; We had been negotiating with President Zelensky and his office for a while to try to get an interview with him since he was elected president. & # 39;
He said it became clear that the interview was turned off & # 39; when the details of Trump & # 39; s call with Zelensky became the subject of a complaint.
Zakaria said he had no knowledge of the planned announcement.
He added: & # 39; You win something, you lose something. I would have liked it. He is a fascinating guy. I would still like to have an interview with him these days.
& # 39; They have acted, are office, have acted very professionally throughout the process. But I have to say that I had no idea what pressure they were under – they were pretty cool considering all the pressure they had. & # 39;
Ukraine's former Foreign Minister, Pavlo Klimkin, said: & # 39; From the contacts that took place, it is difficult to say whether these have led to concrete deals. & # 39; Zelensky said he would not have agreed to a political persecution.
US Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, told the allegation investigation on Tuesday: & I said that resumption of US aid would probably not take place until Ukraine had provided the public anti-corruption statement that we had discussed for many weeks. & # 39;
In October it was reported that Zelensky was worried about the President's pressure to investigate Biden more than two months before the notorious appeal.
Zelenskiy gathered a small group of advisors in Kiev on 7 May for a meeting about the energy needs of his country.
Instead, the group spent most of the three-hour discussion about navigating through the insistence of Trump and Rudy Giuliani for a probe and how to prevent them from becoming entangled in the US elections, according to sources.
After the news came that a White House whistleblower had filed a complaint about his call to Zelenskiy on July 25, Trump said the conversation & # 39; perfect & # 39; and that he had asked his Ukrainian counterparty to do what he can in the area of corruption, because corruption is massive. & # 39;
US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland told the legislators that the Trump government has insisted on a Ukrainian investigation into the Bidens as a condition for obtaining security support and a White House meeting – and judged it & # 39; does not sound good & # 39;
During the phone call, Trump asked Zelenskiy to & # 39; do a favor & # 39; and asked for an investigation into a conspiracy theory regarding a democratic computer server that had been hacked during the 2016 election campaign.
Trump also pushed Zelenskiy to investigate Biden and his son. Trump then advised Zelenskiy that Giuliani and Attorney General Bill Barr would contact him about the request, according to a summary of calls released by the White House.
In a joint news conference on September 25 with Trump at the United Nations in New York, Zelenskiy denied that he felt pressured to investigate the Bidens.
& # 39; I'm sorry, but I don't want to be involved in democratic, open US elections, & # 39; said the Ukrainian leader. & # 39; We had called well, I think. It was normal. We have talked about many things, and I think that, and you read it, that nobody is drifting about it. Push me. & # 39;
Trump then agreed: & # 39; In other words, no pressure. & # 39;