The personal advocate of US President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, denies a key element of the impeachment investigation: In an interview with Blaze TV, the 75-year-old said he had never discussed US military aid to Ukraine with key figures in the affair.
Previously, the US Ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, had been heavily burdened in his statement to the House of Representatives Giuliani. He had worked with Giuliani in dealing with Ukraine at the express arrangement of Trump. "Mr. Giuliani's demands were a quid pro quo to arrange a visit to the White House for President Selenskyj," said Sondland.
The Democrats in the US House of Representatives want to find out if Trump used military aid worth around 361 million euros as a means of pressure to investigate Ukraine, which could use it in the US election campaign.
Giuliani was mayor of New York from 1997 to 2001 and also plays a consultant role for Trump. He is accused, among other things, of having led past official channels talks with Ukraine in order to launch an investigation against Biden.
Donald Trump - "I want nothing" US President Donald Trump sees himself relieved in the Ukraine affair, according to the statement of the US ambassador. "I do not want anything," he claimed to have told him. © Photo: Jacquelyn Martin / AP / dpa
Outside the House of Representatives had Sondland testified that he had believed that the disbursement of military aid would not occur as long as Kiev does not publicly commit to investigations, inter alia, against the gas company Burisma. For Burisma was formerly Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic US presidential candidate Joe Biden, active.
President Trump feels relieved by Sondland's statement. Sondland said he had asked the president in a conversation what he wanted from Ukraine. "I do not want anything," Trump replied. "I do not want quid pro quo, just tell Selenskyj to do the right thing." Trump told reporters that was exactly what he said in that phone call to Sondland. The matter was done with it.