Don’t Get Confused By The Ukraine Scandal: Here Are The Key Facts ,
It seems like the Ukraine scandal keeps getting more and more complicated. There are questions over process, transcripts coming out and excuses by President Donald Trump’s allies muddying the facts.
But in reality, it all remains very simple ― as simple as when the whistleblower complaint first came out. Trump and his allies are aiming to do in advance of this week’s first House hearings in the impeachment investigation.
“There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great,” Trump told Zelensky. “Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it.”
A week before Trump had his call with Zelensky, Trump told his chief of staff to hold back $400 million in military aid for Ukraine, which had been approved by Congress.
William Taylor, who was the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, confirmed to House lawmakers that Trump blocked the aid and refused to meet with Zelensky until he secured a promise that Ukraine would investigate the Bidens. Taylor took notes from his time in the position, backing up his account.
Trump ally Gordon Sondland, a donor who became U.S. ambassador to the European Union , It’s not clear what, if any, role Trump had in this cover-up .
“Corruption is incredible in Ukraine, which bothered me a lot,” Trump said this month. “And it also bothered me very, very much that Germany, France and all of these other countries aren’t putting up money, but we’re always the sucker that does it.”