Donald Trump bogged down in the Ukrainian affair

Republican obstruction efforts did not stop the hearings of a dozen advisers and diplomats, and the appearance of new testimonies.

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US President Donald Trump on October 23 in Washington.
US President Donald Trump on October 23 in Washington. SAUL LOEB / AFP

Twenty elected Republicans broke into the security room on Wednesday (October 23rd), where the Intelligence Committee of the House of Representatives, which includes many members of the Grand Old Party, was to hear from a Pentagon official. . The hearing was delayed by several hours. It was for protesters, who were not entitled to attend the meeting, to denounce the details of the Democratic majority's investigation into a possible abuse of power for Donald Trump's political ends. He could be charged with impeachment.

This demonstration of vexation shows the discomfort and powerlessness of these elected representatives in the face of an accumulation of revelations. They concern a case triggered by the report of a whistleblower, initially blocked by the US Department of Justice, after a disturbing conversation between Donald Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, July 25.

Tuesday, a new testimony has confirmed the suspicions Democrats. The charge d'affaires of the United States in Kiev, William Taylor, who had taken office after the brutal dismissal of Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch in May, assured at a hearing that help for the Ukraine had been conditioned by the US president to open investigations by the Ukrainian courts.

They include the son of one of his political opponents, the former Democratic Vice President and presidential candidate for 2020, Joe Biden. Hunter Biden has served on the board of directors of a private gas company from 2014 to 2019. No violations have ever been reported about him.

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Obstruction strategy

In his introductory remarks, William Taylor, former ambassador to Ukraine during the Republican administration of George W. Bush, also deplored the establishment of a parallel diplomacy. She was led, according to him, by the US Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland – a wealthy donor propelled to this post by Donald Trump -, by former Special Envoy Kurt Volker, and by retiring energy secretary Rick Perry, in coordination with the president's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani.

William Taylor was worried, in an SMS conversation, about a give and take, judged "Nutcase" between this aid and the surveys. He confirmed his remarks from the beginning of September and said that Gordon Sondland had tried to justify this gesture in the past of Donald Trump. "When a businessman is about to sign a check to someone who owes him something, the businessman asks that person to pay before he signs the check," he would have told him.


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