Text messages from House investigators late Thursday suggest that Donald Trump and his envoys explicitly helped Ukraine and a visit to the White House for its new president, conditioned on opening an investigation into Joe Biden – undermining the president's insistence. that despite his requests for investigation into one of his rivals in 2020, he had not struck a deal with Volodymyr Zelensky. At the texts, diplomats discuss coordination with Rudy Giuliani to pressure the Ukrainian government to open investigations into unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about former Vice President and his son Hunter Biden and the origins of Robert Mueller's Russian investigation. So disturbing was the president's abandonment effort, which caused alarm among the ambassadors participating in the scheme. "I think it is crazy to withhold security to get help in a political campaign," wrote Bill Taylor, business manager for the US embassy in Ukraine, Gordon Sondland, US ambassador to the European Union, last month after Trump suspended military aid to Ukraine, describing it as its "nightmare scenario".
While Sondland contested Taylor's characterization of government maneuvers, the explosive texts represent some of the clearest evidence so far that Trump has used foreign policy to further his personal political interests, and they criticize the already fragile Republican Party. “No quid pro quo” defense. Most Republicans have been sidelined as the scandal unfolds, afraid to fall out of place when new revelations about the abuse of Trump executives happen daily. Those who entered underestimated the corruption on display in the transcript of the July 25 Trump White House call with Zelensky. "There is nothing in this document that supports the whistleblower report," Senator David Perdue said of the memo. "The transcript speaks for itself," Lindsey Graham, one of Trump's most ardent supporters at the Capitol, tweeted at the time. "There is no solution."
Exchanges between diplomats Taylor, Sondland and Kurt Volker, ambassador to Ukraine who abruptly resigned last week after being involved in the scandal, make it clear that US and Ukrainian authorities knew that Zelensky would not be invited to the White Party. . House, unless he agrees to investigate Bidens and CrowdStrike, an American cyber security firm that has been the subject of right-wing conspiracy theories that former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Bossert recently emphasized was "completely unmasked." " The texts also show American diplomats going so far as to write a specific language for Zelensky to use in announcing the proposed probes. "We intend to initiate and conclude a transparent and impartial investigation of all facts and episodes available, including those involving Burisma and the 2016 US elections," authorities suggested to the Ukrainian president, according to the texts provided by Volker to the Democrats.
"Assuming President Z convinces Trump that he will investigate /" get to the bottom of what happened in 2016, we will set a date for a visit to Washington, "Volker wrote to one of Zelensky's top advisers in a statement. text.
The seemingly explicit pound not only made Taylor uncomfortable at one point; He also worried the Ukrainian authorities, who reportedly told his American colleagues that Zelensky was "sensitive to the fact that Ukraine is taken seriously, not just as an instrument in Washington's domestic reelection policy." Trump's decision to withhold security assistance from Ukraine also unnerved officials in both countries. "By waiting, we have already shaken your faith in us," Taylor wrote.