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President Trump sit after the announcement of the House’s inquiry.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced a formal impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump Sept. 27 after an anonymous whistleblower released information alleging that Trump asked the president of Ukraine to investigate a political opponent.
This conversation was said to have taken place July 25 after withdrawing $400 million in military aid from Ukraine seven days before, July 18th.
In the transcript, President Zelenskyy indicates Ukraine is ready to buy Javelin missiles from the U.S., to which Trump responds, “I would like you to do us a favor though…” and asks Zelenskyy to look into corruption in Ukraine, and suggesting the investigation headed by Robert Mueller was connect- ed to Ukrainian corruption.
In the spirit of OBU’s mis- sion “to engage a diverse world,” The Bison has com- piled a timeline of events directly relevant to the impeachment inquiry as of October 6, 2019:
• From May 2014 until Apr. 2019, Hunter Biden, son of then U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, was on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings, which is owned by oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky.
• In 2014, Ukrainian officials began an investigation into corruption in Ukraine, which included investigating Zlochevsky.
• Once in Dec. 2015, then U.S. Vice President Joe Biden urged Ukrainian officials to fire Viktor Shokin, Ukraine’s prosecutor general, for not fighting corruption hard enough or lose over $1 billion in loan guarantees from the U.S., which was done alongside the efforts of other western leaders to reduce corruption in Ukraine.
• Joe Biden made two calls to Ukrainian president Poroshenko about addressing corruption in Feb. 2016, when Biden was no longer in office as Vice President.
• Shokin was fired by the Ukrainian parliament Mar. 29, 2016.
• According to the company, the probes into Burmisa closed Jan. 12, 2017, and Hunter Biden was not indicted.
• Trump called Zelenskyy July 25, 2019.
• Multiple instances of Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani or Giuliani’s associates meeting with Ukrainian anti – corruption officials are on the record.
• Aug. 12, 2019 an anonymous whistleblower submitted a complaint to the inspector general for the intelligence community.
• Monday, Sept. 23, Trump acknowledged that he with- held aid from Ukraine before his call with President Zelenskyy without mentioning the Bidens, claims it was to encourage routing out corruption.
- Sept. 24, house speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced her support for a formal impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.
• Sept. 25, The White House released a rough transcript of the call between Trump and Zelenskyy.
In the transcript, President Zelenskyy indicates Ukraine is ready to buy Javelin missiles from the U.S., to which Trump responds, “I would like you to do us a favor though…” and asks Zelenskyy to look into corruption in Ukraine, and suggesting the investigation headed by Robert Mueller was connected to Ukrainian corruption.
Later in the call, Trump asks Zelenskyy to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden.
Later that day, Zelenskyy and Trump met at the UN. When asked, Zelenskyy said he did not feel pressured on the call.
• Sept. 26, the White House declassified the whistleblow- er complaint, which is centered around the July 25 call and alleged efforts to cover it up.
• Sept.27, over 300 former U.S. national security and foreign policy officials sign a statement supporting House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.
Dates from “The Washing- ton Post”.
Transcript excerpts from CNN.