Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi said Russia could allegedly be involved in the scandal surrounding the conversation between Donald Trump and Vladimir Zelensky.
“It’s wrong when a foreign government interferes in our elections, and we see that the President of the United States asked for exactly that ... By the way, I think Russia had a hand in this,” Pelosi said in an interview with MSNBC, commenting on the allegations Trump She limited herself to this statement and did not provide any other details.
Recall that on September 25, the United States officially published the transcript of the conversation between the leaders of the United States and Ukraine. In it, Zelensky promised that the new Ukrainian prosecutor general would study the situation with the son of former US vice president Joe Biden.
- U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at a news conference in Washington on September 27, 2019.
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Recall that in 2014 Hunter Biden joined the board of directors of Burisma, which is one of the largest Ukrainian private gas companies. According to American media, in Ukraine, Biden Jr. was suspected of receiving bribes from the leadership of Burisma. It was reported that the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Viktor Shokin planned to call Hunter Biden for questioning on the fact of abuse in Burisma, but in 2016, Shokin was removed from his post. Later, Joe Biden said he insisted on a decision regarding the prosecutor.
Note that Biden Sr. claims to be a candidate for the US presidency from the Democratic Party in the 2020 elections. Given these circumstances, they are trying to present Trump's actions as an attempt to ensure the current White House leadership is re-elected in 2020.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova ironically commented on the words of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about Russia's “involvement” in the scandal surrounding Trump’s conversation with Zelensky.
“Given that it was Nancy Pelosi who inflated the“ scandal surrounding the telephone conversation between the presidents of the United States and Ukraine, ”according to the speaker’s logic, Russia had a hand in it,” the diplomat wrote on Facebook.
In turn, a member of the State Duma committee on international affairs, Anton Morozov, suggested that Trump’s position in Ukraine in the United States could be considered incorrect.
“As you know, they (USA. - RT ) tried in Ukraine to implement their standard scheme for pumping out funds, which they do in all countries where they manage to establish a pro-American regime. Trump decided to oppose this, which violated the unwritten rule and practice of US behavior in all territories under their control, ”the parliamentarian explained in an interview with RT.
The accusation of Russia, according to Morozov, can be associated with an attempt by interested parties to divert attention from the main defendant in the scandal.
“All this hype that arose because of this conversation is connected with the fact that the American public is trying to divert attention ... from the actual important episode of the Biden family’s participation in corruption schemes in Ukraine,” the deputy said.
He did not rule out that in the US they could initiate an investigation into Russia's involvement in this conflict.
“A very good conversation with the new president of Ukraine”
It should be noted that the content of the conversation between Trump and Zelensky became the reason for starting the formal impeachment procedure. Pelosi and Democrats in Congress argue that the American president was putting pressure on Zelensky to get incriminating evidence against Joe Biden.
In a new interview, she stated that she intends to limit the impeachment procedure only to the current scandal surrounding the conversation between Trump and Zelensky.
“I believe that we should focus, because the public is alarmed that the US president used the means of taxpayers to blackmail the leader of another country for his own political gain,” Pelosi said.
Journalists asked her about the likelihood of ending the impeachment procedure before the end of this year. She replied that the Democrats in this direction intend to "advance purposefully and expeditiously, but without haste."
Trump said he himself authorized the publication of a transcript of his conversation with Zelensky, which he called "worthy."
“I had a simple and very good conversation with the new president of Ukraine, he could not be better or more worthy, and the fake media and democrats working in the team fraudulently presented him in a bad light,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Trump noted that the conversation "was not bad, he was legitimate and very good."
It should be noted that the American Ministry of Justice reviewed the transcript of the conversation between the two leaders. The department said that they did not see any violations of the law in it.
"The Department of Criminal Cases of the Ministry examined the official record of the conversation and came to the conclusion, based on facts and relevant legislation, that there was no violation of the rules for financing election campaigns, that no other actions were required," TASS quoted the head of the US Department of Justice press service Kerry Kyupek.
In Russia, the interest of American Democrats in a telephone conversation between the two presidents was called an attempt to ridicule the United States. This was stated by Maria Zakharova after familiarizing herself with the content of the conversation between the two presidents.
“I read the transcript of Trump’s conversation with Zelensky, because of which the President of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, decided yesterday to launch the impeachment procedure for her president. Is it such a job for Democrats in the United States to expose their country to worldwide ridicule? And this is exactly what Mrs. Pelosi did with Congress, the White House and other government agencies, ”Zakharova wrote on Facebook.
Speaking about the formal impeachment procedure, Vladimir Olenchenko, a senior researcher at the Center for European Studies at IMEMO RAS, admitted that the mention of Russia in this context appeared due to the failure of the investigation itself.
“From this situation we somehow need to taxi, so we resort to the traditional method - addressing the Russian (threat. - RT). Therefore, they turned to the idea that Russia was allegedly involved in this. It is clear that there is nothing, but you can move the arrow. It seems that now it is necessary to investigate what has already been investigated twenty times, the field where there is nothing. Mueller has already spoken out about this, ”the expert said in an interview with RT.
He linked the events surrounding the conversation between Trump and Zelensky with the upcoming US elections.
“The United States is entering a new electoral cycle, and Pelosi, who represents the Democratic Party, of course, wants to provide conditions for a candidate for a democratic party,” the expert concluded.