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Ukraine Recap

October 19, 2019

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Ukraine Recap

On July 25 of this past summer, the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, made a very controversial phone call to the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelesky. In this “congratulatory” phone call to the foreign President, Trump says the instantly infamous line,“I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it.” He later adds: “The other thing, there’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it … It sounds horrible to me.”

The phone call isn’t mentioned to the public until August 12 when a whistleblower complaint in released. In which the anonymous whistleblower who overheard the Phone conversation describes the call as “crazy,” “frightening” and “completely lacking in substance related to national security.”

After the complaint was filed The Washington Post says, “Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson will later determine the complaint to be credible and a matter of “urgent concern,” triggering a legally required disclosure to the House and Senate intelligence committees.”

The reason for said “urgent concern” is that days earlier on July 18 Trump chose to withhold $400 million in aid to Ukraine. This withheld aid is rediscovered in late August and quickly met by the with an article from the Post Editorial Board stating that “it had been “reliably told” that Trump was “attempting to force Mr. Zelensky to intervene in the 2020 U.S. presidential election by launching an investigation of the leading Democratic candidate, Joe Biden.” This indicates to the public a Quid Pro Quo deal between the President of the United States and Ukraine.

On September 11, less than one day after Trump posts a tweet about the resignation of National Security Advisor, John Bolton, the Trump Administration chooses to release the withheld $400 million in foreign aid to Ukraine

On September 24 Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, officially initiates an Impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump. This is only the third impeachment inquiry in all of American History.

(This is a growing story, more to come.)

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