President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on October 10 that there was “no blackmail” in the controversial phone call with the President of United States Donald Trump. The topic is currently the center of an official impeachment inquiry against the US leader. While responding to the questions of an international agency, the Ukranian President said that it was only after the conversation on July 25 did he learn that the US had blocked hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine.
This puts a different light on the belief of House of Democrats which stated that President Trump had been using the military aid as a leverage to pressure President Zelenskiy into starting an investigation on former Vice President Joe Biden's son. Further, the Ukranian President said that the phone call will be followed by an in-person meeting with Donald Trump, and wanted him to visit Ukraine. Reportedly, President Zelenskiy is hosting a “press-marathon” to answer the escalating questions on his actions as a country leader.
While the Democrats have raised concerns over President Trump's conversations with the Ukrainian President, Donald Trump has denied everything saying it is just a “hoax” similar to the Mueller investigation back in 2016. After quoting a right-wing pastor who said that impeachment of the President from the office might cause a “war-like fracture” in the nation, he recently took on twitter to question why is he being impeached. After creating the greatest Economy in the history of the US along with building a strong military.
Impeached for what, having created the greatest Economy in the history of our Country, building our strongest ever Military, Cutting Taxes too much? https://t.co/LWxfEcRmj4— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2019
Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched an official impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump on September 25. The House of Commons will now look to actions that according to Pelosi have violated the Constitution. Fundamentally, impeachment is just the first stage of the process divided into two parts in the Constitution to prosecute and remove a President or any other federal official from the office. The House of Representatives has the power to impeach any official who commits a crime like bribery, treason or other misdemeanors from the office. However, the final decision still remains with the Senate to remove the President or any other official after holding a trial. More importantly, impeachment is not a legal trial, but a political trial.
(With AP inputs)