Rabat – The day after the US House of Representatives began public hearings in its impeachment inquiry, President Donald Trump seized on the testimony of the Ukrainian foreign minister to assert in his latest tweet: “THE FAKE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY IS NOW DEAD!”
On Wednesday, November 13, the House began hearing testimonies in public hearings from US diplomats. The diplomats gave evidence on allegations that Trump attempted to bribe Ukraine into further investigating Democratic politician Joe Biden’s son.
On Thursday, Ukrainian foreign minister Vadim Prystaiko said, “I have never seen a direct relationship between [Ukrainian] investigations and [American] security assistance,” reported Ukrainian outlet Interfax.
Trump tweeted that in light of Prystaiko’s statement, “Democrats must apologize to USA.”
Trump’s executive branch suspended security funding to Ukraine in the summer. In a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25, Trump asked for “a favor.”
In August, a whistleblower filed an official complaint, saying Trump wanted Ukraine to publicly announce that it was investigating Joe Biden’s son, who was involved with a Ukrainian company, for corruption.
The House of Representatives opened an impeachment inquiry on the issue in September.
In public hearings this week, diplomats, including acting Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor, testified to the effect that Trump had conditioned security aid to Ukraine on a public announcement against Biden.
President Trump has called the inquiry a “witch hunt.” In an earlier tweet on Thursday, he complained, “We’ve now had 3 years of the Democrats chasing Donald Trump.”
If the US House of Representatives votes to impeach Trump after its investigation, Congress’s upper chamber, the Senate, will be obliged to begin an impeachment trial.
Congress can only remove Trump from the presidency if the Senate votes to convict him.