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Ukraine President says: “no blackmail” in the phone call with Trump

nearvideo President Trump, President Zelensky insist there was no pressure on Ukraine to call

President Trump and the Ukrainian President will meet in person for the first time; chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports from New York.

The Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky told reporters on Thursday his controversial July call with President Trump, no bribery, extortion, or quid pro quo, as a prosecution-minded Democrats claim.

Zelensky language on an all-day event with media within a Kiev food market, and said he believes that the transcript released by the White house, right, and that he knew that the United States had held back $ 400 million in military aid due to concerns about corruption and the concern for the American “taxpayer money.” But the Problem, he said, was never a desire connected with Trump’s, that Kiev, Biden again a study in an energy company with ties to Ex-Vice President Joe, whose son, Hunter Biden.

“There is no extortion was said,” Zelensky. “They blocked the money and no one asked us [for] something,”

A whistleblower claim that Trump implied in the 25. July call that the recovery of the aid would be the condition that the Ukraine has again prompted a probe of Burisma Holdings, and the three-part’ commitment in the matter of Democrats in the house to start an impeachment inquiry. On Tuesday, Fox News contributor, John Solomon reported that the Ukrainian government had already the opening of the probe of Burisma Holdings months ordered again, before the two presidents spoke by phone.

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The military aid was later published, to the Ukraine, and President Trump has denied the whistleblower’s claims. The White house has also refused to cooperate with what it an unconstitutional impeachment effort by house Democrats is claimed to be.

The White house sent an eight-page letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Tuesday read: “President Trump and his government reject your unfounded, unconstitutional efforts to overthrow the democratic process. Their unprecedented actions on the left of the President have no choice.

“To fulfill its responsibilities to the American people, the Constitution, the Executive branch and all future occupants of the office of the presidency, President Trump and his government on their party political and unconstitutional investigation under these circumstances.”

Zelensky, a 41-year-old actor, comedian, and screenwriter of the election in may, has sought to back his country’s image as a hotbed of corruption. He told reporters on Thursday that the main purpose of his interview with Trump was a meeting with the American President and show reform measures have been in place in Ukraine.

“We just wanted to build relationships,” he said, adding at one point, “the story with Burisma has nothing to do with weapons.”

Trump and other Biden critics question how Hunter Biden, who knew allegedly low on energy, the economy and the country, landed on Burisma is the Board of Directors, while his father was Vice-President and the Ukraine initiated the relations under President Barack Obama. The elder Biden was later bragging about how he’s put under pressure, to displace the Ukraine, a Prosecutor, who had in the founder of the company, although Biden say to the allies that the intervention was driven by corruption.

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It is unclear how much money Hunter Biden made during his service on the board of the company, but the reports have estimated he made up to $1 million per year.

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