Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy insisted again in a new interview that there was no quid pro quo with the Trump administration, although he added that strategic partners such as the USA and Ukraine should not hold back anything from each other.
"Look, I never talked to the president from the position of a quid pro quo. I had the sense that he heard me", he said.
Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Monday that some of Ukraine's officials apparently favored a Hillary Clinton presidency in 2016, suggesting that, on some level, that preference could be considered comparable to Russians' support for Trump. Whether or not people from the Ukraine met with DNC operatives, I don't know.
Over the last few weeks, current and former White House officials testified before the House Intelligence Committee and debunked the baseless conspiracy theory that the government of Ukraine, not Russian Federation, interfered in the 2016 presidential election.
"I don't want us to look like beggars".
Trump called Zelenskiy's remarks a vindication and Republicans also have cited Zelenskiy's earlier comments - including that he never felt "pressured" by Trump - because they say it's evidence that nothing improper occurred.
Throughout his time in office, Zelensky has focused on ending Ukraine's war against Russian Federation and its proxies, who control two separatist areas in eastern Ukraine's Donbas region. I think that's just about fairness. "It's a sign that they understand that they are stuck with Trump until 2020, that his base votes, and it's their only chance of survival".
The Ukraine interference conspiracy endorsed by Putin, Trump and now Kennedy, has been soundly debunked not only by US intelligence agencies, but also by a Republican-led Senate committee in 2017.
Menendez continued. "Are you aware of any evidence that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 US election?"
"When America says, for instance, that Ukraine is a corrupt country, that is the hardest of signals", Zelensky told the magazine.
"All branches of government were corrupted over many years", he said.
That was the start of the Zelensky chapter of the pressure campaign, which includes the infamous July 25 call and leadership of the "three amigos": Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and former Special Envoy for the Ukraine crisis Kurt Volker. "But that signal from them is very important", Zelensky explained.