With House Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump centering on the allegation that he withheld military aid to Ukraine in exchange for politically advantageous investigations while Ukraine was at war with Russian Federation, this latest news suggests rank and file Congressional Republicans have concluded that even with a dearth of supporting evidence, publicly deriding Ukraine for interfering in the election will provide a veneer of legitimacy to the Trump-requested investigations.
"I am not", Hale said. Zelenskiy says, "That's not my thing".
"I do think that we have to adhere to the facts presented to us by our intelligence community", the junior Utah senator added.
"I refuse to be part of an effort to legitimize an alternative narrative that the Ukrainian government is a USA adversary, and that Ukraine - not Russian Federation - attacked us in 2016", she said.
A low-level DNC official did make contacts in 2016 to research Paul Manafort's ties in Ukraine - Manafort was then Trump's campaign manager - but the effort appears to have been brief.
Mr. Trump later claimed Mr. Zelenskiy had said Mr. Trump had done nothing wrong.
Nadler announced a panel of law school witnesses which he said will help lawmakers understand the historic and constitutional grounds for impeachment.
Zelenskiy also said when leaders like Trump call his country corrupt, it sends a concerning message.
"This is a hard signal", Zelensky said. They do. All branches of government were corrupted over many years, and we are working to clean that up. "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'".
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 US, with their July 25 phone call at the center of the House impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
"The United States of America is a signal for the world - for everyone".