Tag: Zelensky, Volodymyr

I.M.F., Endorsing Zelensky, Approves Loan for Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine — The International Monetary Fund has agreed to lend $5.5 billion to Ukraine, a move viewed as a stamp of approval for President Volodymyr Zelensky’s anticorruption and economic policies. An agreement with the fund, in Ukraine and elsewhere, is seen as important to wooing foreign investment. But for the Kyiv government, the deal […]

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Giuliani, Facing Scrutiny, Travels to Europe to Interview Ukrainians

WASHINGTON — Even as Democrats intensified their scrutiny this week of Rudolph W. Giuliani’s role in the pressure campaign against the Ukrainian government that is at the heart of the impeachment inquiry, Mr. Giuliani has been in Europe continuing his efforts to shift the focus to purported wrongdoing by President Trump’s political rivals. Mr. Giuliani, […]

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Ukraine Knew of Aid Freeze in July, Says Ex-Top Official in Kyiv

KYIV, Ukraine — As deputy foreign minister, it was Olena Zerkal’s job to read incoming diplomatic cables from embassies around the world. One from Washington caught her eye back in July, she recalled: It said the Trump administration had frozen military aid for Ukraine. “We had this information,” Ms. Zerkal said in an interview. “It […]

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Republican Impeachment Defense Claims Trump’s Ukraine Pressure Was Apolitical

WASHINGTON — House Republicans plan to argue that President Trump was acting on “genuine and reasonable” skepticism of Ukraine and “valid” concerns about possible corruption involving Americans, not political self-interest, when he pressed the country for investigations of his Democratic rivals, according to a draft of a report laying out their impeachment defense. In a […]

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Trump Attacks Impeachment Inquiry and Accuses a Witness of Lying

ImagePresident Trump and Melania Trump at the White House on Thursday.Credit…Samuel Corum for The New York Times WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday lashed out at the impeachment process and said a key witness — who swore under oath to be truthful — made up his testimony. In a 53-minute phone interview with “Fox & […]

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Donald Trump’s Gordon Problem

Over the first three days of testimony in the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump, Republicans have tried out a number of defenses. After the Wednesday testimony of Gordon Sondland, Trump’s ambassador to the European Union, almost all of them have been incinerated. Throughout the proceedings, Devin Nunes, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, […]

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Sondland Has Implicated the President and His Top Men

ImageGordon Sondland testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday.Credit…Damon Winter/The New York Times “Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret.” Those are the damning words of President Trump’s handpicked ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, who on Wednesday morning directly implicated not only Mr. Trump, but also several top members of […]

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Sondland Kept Pompeo Informed on Ukraine Pressure Campaign

WASHINGTON — Gordon D. Sondland, the diplomat at the center of the House impeachment inquiry, kept Secretary of State Mike Pompeo apprised of key developments in the campaign to pressure Ukraine’s leader into public commitments that would satisfy President Trump, two people briefed on the matter said. Mr. Sondland informed Mr. Pompeo in mid-August about […]

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What to Watch For in Day 4 of the Trump Impeachment Inquiry Hearings

The House impeachment hearings hit a critical moment on Wednesday with the appearance of perhaps the most significant witness on the public schedule. Gordon D. Sondland, the Trump donor now serving as ambassador to the European Union, will be asked about his role in pressuring Ukraine to open investigations into Democrats and any link to […]

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What We Learned Today From Impeachment Inquiry Hearings

WASHINGTON — Two top national security officials offered new details about President Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine as they appeared for testimony during the second week of public hearings in House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry. At issue is whether Mr. Trump abused his power by holding out security aid and a coveted White House meeting from […]

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White House Attacks Its Ukraine Expert as He Says Trump Call Was ‘Inappropriate’

WASHINGTON — The White House attacked its own top Ukraine expert on Tuesday as he offered sworn testimony before the House’s impeachment inquiry that President Trump’s request to Ukraine’s president to investigate Democratic rivals had been “inappropriate” and validated his “worst fear” that American policy toward that country would veer off course. On the opening […]

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Impeachment Hearings Updates: Vindman, Williams and Others Head to Capitol Hill

Here’s what you need to know: ImageLt. Col. Alexander Vindman arriving for an interview with the House committees leading the impeachment investigation in October.Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times The basics: Who, what, when and how to watch Who: Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, the top Ukraine expert at the National Security Council, and Jennifer Williams, […]

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House Republicans Want Ukraine Information From a Republican Senator

WASHINGTON — House Republicans requested on Monday that a Republican senator who has repeatedly found himself drawn into the impeachment inquiry tell them what he knows about President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. The top Republicans on the Oversight and Intelligence Committees wrote to Senator Ron Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin, that they were “reluctantly” requesting “any […]

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Donald Trump, Corruption Fighter?

Republican defenders of Donald Trump have argued that he withheld congressionally mandated military aid to Ukraine and a promised White House meeting because he wanted assurances that Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, was serious about fighting corruption. Sworn testimony in the House impeachment inquiry on Friday obliterated that defense, revealing that Mr. Trump was interested […]

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Rough Transcript of Trump’s First Phone Call With Ukrainian Leader Released

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday released a memorandum of an April telephone conversation he had with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine that differed from a summary of the call released by the White House months ago. The memorandum of the call, which took place after Mr. Zelensky won a landside presidential election, shows the […]

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Rough Transcript of Trump’s First Call With Ukrainian Leader Released

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday released a memorandum of an April telephone conversation he had with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine that differed from a summary of the call released by the White House months ago. The memorandum of the call, which took place after Mr. Zelensky won a landside presidential election, shows the […]

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As Talks With Putin Loom, Ukraine Looks in Vain for U.S. Help

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainians are used to hearing the West call for stability in their country. This fall, the roles have reversed. “Ukraine would very much like to see a stable political situation in the States,” Oleksandr Turchynov, the previous Ukrainian president’s national security adviser, said in an interview. The relationship between Kiev and Washington, […]

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The Evidence of Wrongdoing by Trump Is Overwhelming

Impeachment is a constitutional procedure that should be reserved only for extraordinary times with the most extreme examples of abuse of power by a president. That is why, in our country’s history, only two presidents have been impeached. But this is one of those times. The evidence of wrongdoing by President Trump is overwhelming. The […]

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Who Is George Kent? State Dept. Official Who Described Trump’s Actions as ‘Wrong for the Rule of Law’

WASHINGTON — As the senior State Department official in charge of Ukraine, George P. Kent was so alarmed by what he viewed as President Trump’s efforts to initiate “politically motivated prosecutions” there that he wrote a memo about it over the summer — weeks before an anonymous whistle-blower’s explosive complaint prompted the impeachment inquiry. On […]

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Impeachment Hearing Updates: What to Expect From Taylor, Kent and Congress

Here’s what you need to know: ImageThe hearings will start with opening statements by Representatives Adam B. Schiff, center, Democrat of California and the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, and Devin Nunes of California, the top Republican on the panel.Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times Nationally televised hearings give Democrats a new chance to present their […]

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What to Expect in Public Hearings on the Trump Impeachment Inquiry

Since Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry in September, House investigators have conducted weeks of fact-finding largely in private to determine if President Trump abused the power of his office in his dealings with Ukraine. On Wednesday, the inquiry enters a new phase: public hearings. The Basics Who: William B. Taylor Jr., the […]

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Ukraine’s President Seeks Face-to-Face Meeting With Putin

MOSCOW — As the formal peace process for the Ukraine war bogged down last month, the country’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, reached out for a direct meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, an intermediary in the talks revealed on Tuesday. The United States does not participate directly in the negotiations, which are overseen by […]

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To Exonerate Trump, Republicans Embrace Russian Disinformation

On Friday, House investigators released the transcript of the former National Security Council official Fiona Hill’s testimony from last month. It showed a Republican staff member trying and failing to get Hill to concede that there might be some validity to the conspiracy theories underlying Donald Trump’s demands of President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine. “Are […]

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