Late Thursday night, President Donald Trump claimed that the impeachment inquiry “is now dead.”
Trump cited a news story, where Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko denied that the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union linked military aid to an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, to say that the impeachment inquiry is baseless.
“‘Ambassador Sondland did not tell us, and certainly did not tell me, about a connection between the assistance and the investigation.’ The fake impeachment inquiry is now dead!”
….Ambassador Sondland did not tell us, and certainly did not tell me, about a connection between the assistance and the investigation.” THE FAKE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY IS NOW DEAD!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2019
Prystaiko said, “Ambassador Sondland did not tell us, and certainly did not tell me, about a connection between the assistance and the investigations. You should ask him.”
His denial comes a day after the acting ambassador to Ukraine, William Taylor, testified in the first open hearing of the impeachment probe that Sondland told Ukrainian officials that aid was contingent on an investigation into the Bidens.
Republicans have pointed to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s claim that he did not feel pressured to by Trump to investigate the Bidens to discredit the Democrats’ claim that there was a quid pro quo.
“What President Trump has done on the record, in terms of acting to advantage, asking a foreign power to help him in his own election, and of the obstruction of information about that, the cover-up makes what Nixon did look almost small.”
During his rally on Thursday, Trump insisted that Republican lawmakers have begun to see the impeachment inquiry as a boon for their election chances and are hoping to drag it out to hurt Democrats in next year’s election.