Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky pushed back against the Democrat-led impeachment attempt against President Donald Trump.
In a new interview with Time Magazine, Zelensky restated the official position of his administration that no quid-pro-quo was ever established between the United States and Ukraine over an investigation into Hunter Biden.
“Look, I never talked to the president from the position of a quid pro quo. That’s not my thing,” Zelensky said. “I don’t want us to look like beggars.”
This statement was the second time that President Zelensky has denied the alleged “quid-pro-quo”, which is not a crime in the first place. At a UN meeting with President Trump in NYC of this year, Zelensky told reporters “Nobody pushed me” to investigate the Bidens.
Interestingly, during last week’s open impeachment probe by the House Intelligence Committee, impeachment witness David Holmes seemed to suggest that Ukraine was ALREADY investigating the Bidens for corruption before President Trump ever got involved.
When he was asked by Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (D-NY) if Ukraine had opened an investigation into the Bidens (as a result of President Trump’s actions), Holmes responded, “Ummmm…They did not open a NEW investigation into the Bidens, correct.”
In the Time interview, President Zelensky did note that the Ukrainian military cannot afford a holding on military aid while they are “at war” with Russia.
“But you have to understand. We’re at war. If you’re our strategic partner, then you can’t go blocking anything for us. I think that’s just about fairness. It’s not about a quid pro quo. It just goes without saying.”
President Donald Trump has maintained that his administration, unlike the Obama Administration, has provided lethal military aid to Ukraine to push back against the 2014 Russian invasion of the Crimean Peninsula. He frequently says he sent Ukraine “bunker busters” (missiles) while Obama only gave them blankets.