President Donald Trumps reelection campaign tweeted a letter between the president and Ukrainian President Zelensky, saying that a visit was offered to the White House without any strings attached.
House Democrats have alleged that Trump pressured Zelensky into investigating a political rival in exchange for military aid and a trip to the White House.
However, the letter, dated May 29, suggests that there were no conditions attached to a White House visit.
“I wish to offer my congratulations on your historic election victory,” Trump told Zelensky in the signed letter.
“As you prepare to address the many challenges facing Ukraine, please know that the American people are with you and are committed to helping Ukraine,” Trump wrote in the letter.
We already know Ukraine felt no pressure to act in any manner for lethal aid to flow.
We also know that President Trump twice offered a White House visit – without conditions – in phone calls with President Zelensky.
And this letter again offered a visit without conditions. pic.twitter.com/XpRF5BwKHb
— Tim Murtaugh (@TimMurtaugh) November 20, 2019
“To show that commitment, I would like to invite you to meet with me at the White House in Washington, D.C., as soon as we can find a mutually convenient time,” the letter said.
The letter was tweeted by Tim Murtaugh, a Trump campaign spokesman, on Wednesday morning as U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland testified in the House impeachment inquiry.
“We already know Ukraine felt no pressure to act in any manner for lethal aid to flow,” he wrote on Twitter. “We also know that President Trump twice offered a White House visit—without conditions—in phone calls with President Zelensky. And this letter again offered a visit without conditions.”
Ukrainian officials, including Zelensky and the foreign minister, have said that they felt no pressure from the United States to carry out investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden, who was the Obama administrations point person in Ukraine for several years, or his son, Hunter, who sat on the board of a Ukrainian energy firm that has long been accused of corruption.
Sondland, during the hearing, said he never talked to President Trump about “preconditions” for the Ukraine aid to be sent. However, he said Trumps lawyer Rudy Giuliani made “demands” that were allegedly from Trump. “When the President says, talk to my personal attorney and then Mr. Guiliani, aRead More – Source