Published: Sat, October 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

NatSec Staff Raised 'Alarm Bells' About Trump Ukraine Call

NatSec Staff Raised 'Alarm Bells' About Trump Ukraine Call

On Thursday, Zelenskiy once again emphasised that Trump did not try to blackmail him during their phone call in July or at their meeting in September.

The charges, linked to a 325,000 USA dollars donation to a political action committee supporting Trump's reelection, don't suggest wrong doing by the president, but probably will add fuel to the House impeachment inquiry.

The US House of Representatives has launched an impeachment inquiry against Mr Trump, focused on whether he used congressionally approved aid to Ukraine as leverage to pressure Mr Zelenskiy to investigate former Vice-President Joe Biden, one of Mr Trump's main Democratic rivals as he seeks re-election in 2020.

Mr Zelensky said he had never met them.

While Mr Zelensky was speaking, prosecutors in the United States said two of Mr Giuliani's associates had been arrested in a scheme to illegally funnel money to a pro-Trump election committee and other U.S. political candidates. I would like that what Mr. Trump said will be judged by the laws of the United States of America, and not by me, as the president of Ukraine.

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"Within minutes", administration officials told the Post, "senior officials including national security adviser John Bolton were being pinged by subordinates about problems with what the president had said to his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky".

Mr Zelenskiy said he had no desire to interfere in the USA election next year but added that he was prepared to do a joint investigation into Burisma. After nine hours, the 41-year-old president was still going strong.

"I don't want to be pulled into this because I understand that my words could impact the elections of the American people", he said. While Mr. Zelensky acknowledged regular contacts with the oligarch - Mr. Kolomoisky's former lawyer is Mr. Zelensky's chief of staff - he said that Mr. Kolomoisky knew that Mr. Zelensky would always put the national interests first. "I'm not ready to lose the lives of more people", he said.

He added that the call was about arranging a meeting with Trump. Mr. Zelensky has been accused by Ukrainian analysts of letting Mr. Trump push him around on the call.

Trump tweeted Thursday that Zelenskiy's comment that there was no blackmail during the July call "should immediately end the talk of impeachment!" "I will choose the way that I speak to the President of the Russian Federation".

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