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Ukraine's Foreign Minister Confirms No Linkage Between Aid and Investigations

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Confirms No Linkage Between Aid and Investigations
President Donald Trump is joined by Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, second from right, as he arrives at Melsbroek Air Base, in Brussels, Belgium. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

On Thursday, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko told reporters that Gordon Sondland, the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, did not link military aid from the United States with investigations into Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

“Ambassador Sondland did not tell us, and did not tell me exactly, about the relation between the [military] assistance and the investigations,” Prystaiko said. “I have never seen a direct link between investigations and security assistance. Yes, investigations were mentioned, you know, in a presidential conversation. But there was no clear connection between these events,” he added.

The alleged linkage between the aid and the investigation was crucial to the Democrats’ argument of a quid pro quo, which they are now trying to impeach President Trump for.

This lines up with Sondland’s closed-door testimony when he testified that when he asked Trump what he wanted from Ukraine Trump said, “I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. I want Zelensky to do the right thing… to do what he ran on.” Sondland’s amended testimony also makes clear that he has no idea why military aid to Ukraine had been temporarily suspended.

So, let’s consider the state of the Democrats’ case against Trump: The Democrats’ witnesses do not have any direct knowledge of any linkage between the military aid to Ukraine and investigating the Bidens or a public anti-corruption statement and Ukraine officials were not aware of any linkage.

Can someone explain to me how this impeachment inquiry is not a witch hunt?

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