The Pentagon announced yesterday that it is preparing to cooperate with Congress in the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump, accused of having blocked an arms contract to pressure Ukraine for electoral purposes.
“Today, the legal counsel of the department … ordered all the offices of the Department of Defense to be sent all the corresponding documents and files, so that they can be filed and reviewed,” said Jonathan Hoffman, a spokesperson from the Pentagon, at a press conference.RELATED
This decision was taken on a preventive basis and not under pressure from Democratic lawmakers conducting the investigation into Trump’s impeachment, the spokesman said.
Pelosi will not back down The president of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, rejected the Republican call to stop the investigations.
“I understand that this is a relatively common practice when there is strong interest from Congress or the inspector general on an issue: the department takes preventive measures to ensure that the data is available,” he added. “For me, it is a relatively routine but preventive measure.”
The talk with Zelenski. Hoffman said Defense Secretary Mark Esper did not participate in the July 25 telephone conversation between Trump and his Ukrainian pair Volodimir Zelenski, in which the American asks his interlocutor for a “service” when the Ukrainian informs him that Wants to buy Javelin anti-tank missile launchers.
They approve sale of missiles. Amid the scandal, the United States Government announced that it approved the possible sale of anti-tank missiles to Ukraine, mentioned during a call between President Donald Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodimir Zelenski.
That telephone conversation, in which Trump asks Zelenski to investigate his possible 2020 electoral rival, Joe Biden, triggered a political trial investigation of the president of the United States.
The State Department officially informed Congress of the administration’s intention to proceed with the sale of 150 Javelin missiles for $ 39.2 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a statement. “This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of Ukraine,” said the DSCA.
According to a White House memo on the July call between Trump and Zelenski, the Ukrainian leader said: “We are almost ready to buy more Javelins from the United States for defense purposes.” In the same call, which took place after Trump froze military aid to Ukraine, which is fighting Russia-backed separatists, the US president urged Zelenski to investigate Biden, former vice president of the Barack Obama government, and Your son Hunter. AFP
USA. Donald Trump was surprised to publicly ask China to investigate what may become its main political rival in the next elections, Democrat Joe Biden, and insist that Ukraine do the same, despite the opposition has opened an investigation of political trial against the president for pressures on his Ukrainian counterpart.
“China should start an investigation on the Biden. What happened in China is as bad as what happened in Ukraine, ”Trump said. Asked if he had asked the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, to help investigate the Biden, Trump said he “certainly” could do it.
The president wants Kiev to inquire about the fact that Hunter Biden, one of the sons of the Democratic candidate, accepted in 2014 a position on the board of directors of the then largest private gas company in the country, Burisma, with a salary higher than $ 50,000 a month, while his father mediated when he was vice president of the US in the conflict over the Crimea.