Documents fuel the suspicions of bartering between Donald Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart

New elements, delivered by the former United States special envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker, fuel the suspicions of Democrats.

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President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, DC, Thursday, October 4th.
President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, DC, Thursday, October 4th. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

A little more than a week after the launch of an impeachment proceeding against Donald Trump, new documents fuel the suspicions of Democrats. Delivered on 3 October by former US Special Envoy Kurt Volker, a former NATO ambassador, on the occasion of his hearing by the House of Representatives, they feed more than they dispel questions about a possible give and take between Donald Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky.

The whole affair is part of a telephone conversation, later reported by a whistleblower, between the two men on July 25. While his interlocutor stressed the need for arms of his country, the President of the United States had asked him " A favor ", A survey on the role hypothetically played by Ukraine for the benefit of Democrats during the 2016 US presidential election.

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Donald Trump had also suggested investigations into Burisma, the private gas company that counted the son of his Democratic opponent Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, on its board of directors from 2014 to 2019. At the same time, the president had frozen US aid of nearly $ 400 million that was released only as a result of Congressional pressure.

A link appears

The reconstruction of the SMS conversations of diplomats and a Ukrainian adviser engaged in this affair, based on the documents of Kurt Volker, shows that a link appears quickly enough between this freeze and the launching of the investigations, even if Donald Trump does not ceases to claim that there was then no quid pro quo ". " Most importantly, Zelensky says he will help the investigation Wrote on July 19 the special envoy to the US Charge d'Affaires in Kiev, Bill Taylor, and to the US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland.


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