Tag: Zelensky, Volodymyr

President Trump’s Defenders Are Wrong. He May Have Broken the Law.

I am a Republican and former federal prosecutor who voted for Donald Trump in 2016. But I was deeply dismayed by the way his lawyers defended his misbegotten dealings with Ukraine during the Senate impeachment trial. Unlike Mr. Trump’s supporters, I believe the president might well be guilty of breaking the law. Even without the […]

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Beyond the Partisan Fight, a Wealth of Evidence About Trump and Ukraine

WASHINGTON — When all the partisan posturing, parliamentary wrangling and legalistic arguing are stripped away, the impeachment process that dominated Washington for months produced a set of facts that is largely beyond dispute: The president of the United States pressured a foreign government to take actions aimed at his political opponents. As the Senate moved […]

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Audio Captured Iran Plane Downing: ‘That Surely Is the Light From a Missile’

MOSCOW — Moments after an Iranian Revolutionary Guards unit mistakenly launched a missile at a Ukrainian passenger jet, the pilot of a nearby airliner radioed air traffic controllers to report an alarming streak of light in the sky and then a midair explosion. “Flares on route, as if from a missile,” the pilot reported to […]

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3 Takeaways from Today’s Trump Impeachment Trial

WASHINGTON — After 10 days of arguments and deliberations, the Senate voted against hearing from new witnesses in President Trump’s impeachment trial, signaling a vote to acquit him would likely come in the coming days. House impeachment managers and President Trump’s defense team made their final arguments for and against hearing from new witnesses as […]

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Giuliani Sought Help for Client in Meeting With Ukrainian Official

KYIV, Ukraine — When Rudolph W. Giuliani met with a top aide to Ukraine’s president last summer, he discussed the prospect of a coveted White House meeting for the president while seeking Ukraine’s commitment to certain investigations that could benefit President Trump politically. Mr. Giuliani also threw in a request of his own: help the […]

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Trump Told Bolton to Help His Ukraine Pressure Campaign, Book Says

WASHINGTON — More than two months before he asked Ukraine’s president to investigate his political opponents, President Trump directed John R. Bolton, then his national security adviser, to help with his pressure campaign to extract damaging information on Democrats from Ukrainian officials, according to an unpublished manuscript by Mr. Bolton. Mr. Trump gave the instruction, […]

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Pompeo Says U.S. Backs Ukraine Against Russian Aggression

KYIV, Ukraine — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday after a meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine that the Trump administration was committed to supporting Ukraine in its defense against aggression by Russia, which invaded and annexed part of the country and is supporting a separatist insurgency. “Today I’m here with a clear […]

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Republicans Spin Impeachment While Ukrainians Suffer

President Trump and his legal team want the American people to believe Ukraine is a corrupt hellhole. That narrative is central to the White House’s impeachment argument. As Mike Purpura, deputy counsel to the president, told the Senate in his opening arguments last Saturday, “The content of the July 25 call was in line with […]

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Trump Team, Opening Defense, Accuses Democrats of Plot to Subvert Election

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s legal defense team mounted an aggressive offense on Saturday as it opened its side in the Senate impeachment trial by attacking his Democratic accusers as partisan witch-hunters trying to remove him because they could not beat him at the ballot box. After three days of arguments by the House managers prosecuting […]

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Emails Show Budget Office Working to Carry Out Ukraine Aid Freeze

The same morning last July when President Trump had his fateful call with Ukraine’s president, White House officials were working behind the scenes to impose the freeze sought by the president on military assistance to Ukraine, reviewing the legal wording they would use to implement the hold, emails released late Tuesday night show. The emails […]

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Democrats Seek More Testimony and Evidence for Impeachment Trial

WASHINGTON — With President Trump’s impeachment trial getting underway, Democrats are intensifying their demands for more testimony and documents that could add to the already voluminous evidence against him and bolster their case by shedding new light on several key questions. Despite the White House strategy of blocking testimony from top officials and rejecting demands […]

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Bodies of Ukrainians Killed in Iran Plane Crash Are Returned Home

MOSCOW — In a solemn ceremony at an airport in Ukraine on Sunday, President Volodymyr Zelensky paid his respects to the 11 citizens from his country who were killed when Iran’s military mistakenly shot down a passenger jet in Tehran this month. Mr. Zelensky has grappled with the diplomacy around the downing of the plane, […]

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Ukraine’s President Said He’d Fight Corruption. Resistance Is Fierce.

KYIV, Ukraine — Kateryna Rozhkova, the first deputy governor of Ukraine’s central bank, had just about learned to live with the hundreds of protesters banging metal rods and drums outside her office when they started gathering every morning outside her house. If that wasn’t enough, just before Christmas, a brass ensemble showed up at her […]

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