Volodymyr Zelensky disputes U.S. claims of corruption in Ukraine

Ukraine has unwittingly become embroiled in a political battle in Washington between U.S. President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats who could announce formal impeachment charges against him within weeks.

In a July telephone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Trump asked Zelenskiy to look into a conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russian Federation, interfered in the 2016 election and that an email server used by the Democratic Party was hidden in the country. Trump calls the inquiry a partisan "witch hunt" and neither he nor his lawyers have agreed to appear in an inquiry hearing on Wednesday.

Zelenskiy, a former comedian turned politician, has been in office for barely six months and his conversations with Trump are the topic of intense scrutiny in the USA, with their July 25 phone call at the center of the House impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

"Everyone hears that signal", he said. He is accused of withholding the aid in order to force Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, one of Trump's rivals in the 2020 election.

"I don't want us to look like beggars".

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Hale, the undersecretary of state for political affairs, told Bob Menendez, D-N.J., the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, that he was not aware of any evidence that Ukraine meddled in the presidential race, but reiterated the American intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation interfered to boost Trump's campaign. "We have ample evidence that Russian Federation interfered in our elections", he said.

"I do think that we have to adhere to the facts presented to us by our intelligence community", the junior Utah senator added. "I can't understand what dough they're made of", he said.

During the interview, Zelenskiy also pushed back against Trump's comments categorizing Ukraine as a corrupt, saying it is damaging to the country. "Investments, banks, stakeholders, companies, American, European, companies that have global capital in Ukraine, it's a signal to them that says, 'Be careful, don't invest.' Or, 'Get out of there'". "Investments, banks, stakeholders, companies, American, European, companies that have global capital in Ukraine, it's a signal to them that says, 'Be careful, don't invest.' Or, 'Get out of there'".

"The United States of America is a signal for the world - for everyone". Mitt Romney, R-Utah, told NBC News that the theory had been debunked by USA intelligence agencies.

  • Sonia Alvarado