- USA: Ukrainegate: four characters for a mystery novel
He wanted gold who . That is the question. It is nothing more than a sophisticated way of saying in Latin "one thing in exchange for another . " And it is one of the questions that have surrounded the investigation of the Ukrainegate. The other question dates back to the Watergate era, the scandal that ended Richard Nixon's presidency: what did the president know and since when did he know it?
Today, the United States ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, has just responded to both. In his declaration statement before the Intelligence Committee of the House of Representatives for the scandal he has started saying that "I know that the members of this Committee have framed these complex issues in a simple question: was there quid pro quo? Edible testified before, in relation to the meeting at the White House and the phone call, the answer is yes . "
Sondland thus alluded to a meeting at the residence of the president of the United States and a call from the latter in which he asked the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelensky, for the investigation he wanted Ukraine to carry out about his rival in the 2020 elections, Joe Biden In return, Trump offered to unlock the military aid to Ukraine he had frozen in June and receive the president of that country, in the White House.
Sondland also involved Trump directly by stating that "we knew that the investigation in Ukraine was important for the president . " According to the ambassador in Brussels, the president ordered his collaborators to work under the orders of his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who led US policy towards Ukraine despite having no office in the Government.
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