Ukraine president speaks at United Nations amid whistleblower scandal

Former U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden and incumbent U.S. Vice President Mike Pence share a moment during a mock swearing-in ceremony for U.S. Sen. Doug Jones at the Old Senate Chamber of the U.S. Capitol

"The government there, which is a novice government - President Zelensky - he's never held elected office before, was very confused about whether they should be listening to the U.S. Embassy or they should be listening to the president's campaign advisers, who were making these demands on them about investigations", the senator from CT said. The determination was made based on the elements of the allegation, and there was no consideration of the department's policy that a sitting president can not be indicted, the official said. "The president has not asked the attorney general to contact Ukraine - on this or any other matter", the spokeswoman said. As a result, the statute does not require the Director to transmit the complaint to the congressional intelligence committees. Democratic lawmakers have argued that such a request would constitute an abuse of presidential power.

Murphy's comments came ahead of the release of the transcript of a July 25 call between Trump and Zelensky, when the president congratulated his counterpart in Kiev on his recent election.

The intelligence community inspector general found that the whistleblower who leveled explosive allegations against President Trump concerning his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky showed indications of "political bias" and was "in favor of a rival political candidate", a new document shows.

After the impeachment inquiry was announced Tuesday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Alabama Cong. Pelosi said such actions would mark a "betrayal of his oath of office" and declared, "No one is above the law".

In the days before the phone call, Trump ordered advisers to freeze $400 million in military aid for Ukraine, prompting speculation that he was holding up the money as leverage for information on Biden. The server, they say Ukraine has it. The former vice president even boasted to the Council of Foreign Relations a year ago that he had threatened to withhold $1 billion in USA aid unless the prosecutor was sacked. However, Biden's successful efforts to get Ukraine's chief prosecutor removed did not appear to be linked to his son's business.

Department of Justice spokesperson Kerri Kupec issued a statement Wednesday citing that Attorney General William Barr was first informed of Trump's conversation with Zelensky and the referral several weeks after the phone call took place.

The Associated Press reported that Trump "repeatedly prodded" Zelenskiy to "work with Rudy Giuliani and the US attorney general to investigate" Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden. "They should, a ideal call - got them by surprise!"



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