A new publication is sparking the debate over possible abuse of power by US President Donald Trump. The Democrats see themselves confirmed. Meanwhile, in Ukraine, old files are opened.
With the release of a series of explosive text messages, the US Democrats want to continue to press President Donald Trump into the Ukraine affair. The news shows how Ukraine should be made to commit to investigations involving, among others, Trump's political rival Joe Biden. It also read about the concern of a US diplomat to use military aid for Ukraine as a lever. The news, which includes US top diplomats, was released Thursday evening (local time), including by the House's intelligence committee, following the closed hearing of former Special Envoy for Ukraine, Kurt Volker.
Pressure on Ukraine exercised
Democrats in the House of Representatives are conducting investigations into possible impeachment proceedings against Trump. The focus is on a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selenskyi at the end of July. In it Trump is said to have encouraged his colleagues to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. The content of the conversation came to the public after an anonymous intelligence officer filed a complaint with an internal control panel. Biden is applying for the presidential candidacy of the Democrats for the 2020 election.
The text messages that Volker passed on to the investigating committees in the wake of investigations confirm the Democrats' allegation that the Trump government has put pressure on Ukraine. They indicate, for example, that Trump made a meeting with Selenskyj in the White House dependent on him becoming active in Causa Biden. The text messages are from the period between July and September.