President Zelensky: It’s ‘Just About Fairness…Not About Quid Pro Quo’

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a new interview that he did not view his conversations with President Donald Trump in the context of a "quid pro quo," but he blasted the the same time for tossing his country around "as part of some bargain". The claim was also repeated by GOP lawmakers during the public impeachment hearings into Trump's alleged attempt to pressure Ukraine into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, as well as debunked conspiracy theory involving Democrats in 2016.

Zelensky's comments come as House Democrats move swiftly with their impeachment inquiry against President Trump.

Throughout his time in office, Zelensky has focused on ending Ukraine's war against Russian Federation and its proxies, who control two separatist areas in eastern Ukraine's Donbas region.

The key issue is whether Trump set up a "quid pro quo" - Latin for seeking one action in exchange for another - with Zelensky by holding back promised U.S. military aid for Ukraine until the Bidens were investigated.

"Yes, the intelligence community assessed that the Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016, aimed at our presidential election", Hale said.

A day after telling Wallace that Ukraine had interfered in the election, Kennedy told Chris Cuomo on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time" that he had misunderstood Wallace's question and his response had been mistaken. I think that's just about fairness. "I have no knowledge that the Ukraine did anything to interfere with our elections other than press reports and to suggest that we know that I think would be a stretch because I don't think anybody knows that". US intelligence officials, however, described Russia's influence efforts as "informational warfare" to harm Clinton's campaign and benefit Trump's. "We're at war", Zelenskiy said. "The President can say that they meddled because they had a preference, the elected officials, that's not the current people".

"The evidence shows that President Trump holds a deepseated, genuine, and reasonable skepticism of Ukraine due to its history of pervasive corruption", the report says, according to CBS News. "But that signal from them is very important". He noted he would continue efforts to get the U.S. "I'm 1,000% confident that the hack of the DNC was by Russian operatives, no one else", Graham said while speaking to reporters in the Capitol Building.

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