Was there a quid pro quo between Trump and Ukraine? | The Tylt
Was there a quid pro quo between Trump and Ukraine?
Here's the transcript for the call in question between Presidents Trump and Zelensky.
Here are some key takeaways from their call:
The other thing. 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. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it … It sounds horrible to me.
Trump then brings up American aid to Ukraine:
but the United States has been very, very good to Ukraine. I wouldn’t say that it’s reciprocal, necessarily, because things are happening that are not good. But the United States has been very very good to Ukraine.
Zelenksy then agrees to pursue the investigation:
Since we have won the absolute majority in our Parliament the next prosecutor general will be 100% my person, my candidate who will be approved by the parliament and will start as a new prosecutor in September. He or she will look into the situation, specifically to the company that you mentioned in this issue. The issue of the investigation of the case is actually the issue of making sure to restore the honesty we will take care of that and will work on the investigation of the case.
Trump's ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland revised his testimony, saying aid was linked to the Ukrainian government pursuing the investigation against the Bidens. In a follow up to his testimony, he said:
I now recall speaking individually with [Ukranian official] Mr. Yermak, where I said that resumption of U.S. aid would likely not occur until Ukraine provided the public anti-corruption statement that we had been discussing for many weeks
Several other American officials have provided testimony revealing the Trump White House's efforts to use the military aid to get the Ukrainian government to open up those investigations.