Ukraine’s Zelensky: ‘No Blackmail’ in Telephone Call with Trump

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks to media during his press conference in Kiev Ukraine

Ms Yovanovitch had become the subject of claims from Trump allies that she was blocking an investigation into Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential hopeful, and was disloyal to the president - allegations she vehemently denies.

Her testimony could be a breakthrough for those seeking first-hand details about efforts by Trump, including through Giuliani, to pressure Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son.

The Democratic probe is looking into whether Mr Trump improperly pressured Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden.

A telephone call with Donald Trump emerged last month, the news has been bad for the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy. "But individuals who have been named in the press as contacts of Mr Giuliani may well have believed that their personal financial ambitions were stymied by our anti-corruption policy in Ukraine", she said.

What did the ambassador say?

An indictment filed in the case alleges that the men, who were raising campaign funds for a USA congressman, asked him for help in removing Yovanovitch, at least partly at the request of Ukrainian government officials. "This was precisely the time when continuity in the embassy in Ukraine was most needed".

On Friday, Mr Giuliani said: "I was doing it in my role as a defence lawyer" for Mr Trump. Prosecutors said they conspired to contribute foreign money, including at least $1 million from an unidentified Russian businessman, to candidates for federal and state offices to buy influence.

The former US ambassador to Ukraine told lawmakers Friday that President Donald Trump pressured the State Department to remove her as part of a concerted campaign against her. According to Yovanovitch, Sullivan said the president no longer wished for her to be his ambassador because he had lost confidence in her. "I want to express my appreciation for not just what a great champion she was for the rule of law in Ukraine, but also the respect she has for the rule of law here at home".

Yovanovitch was abruptly removed from her post earlier this year with very little explanation.

Yovanivitch, who was sworn in as ambassador to Ukraine in August 2016, had served in ambassadorships under three administrations.

Practicing politics: 5 ways to engage in the federal election this fall
And you probably already know this already, but it's worth repeating: Canadians don't vote directly for a prime minister. And though you still may be 17 right now, you can actually register to get on the voters list in advance right here .

The whistleblower complaint noted her surprise dismissal was a red flag for some officials.

Yovanovitch appeared for her expected closed-door deposition before the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs Committees as part of their investigations into Trump's efforts to persuade Ukraine's new government to commit publicly to investigate corruption and the president's political opponents. The former vice president even boasted to the Council of Foreign Relations previous year that he had threatened to withhold $1 billion in US aid unless the prosecutor was sacked.

Two of Giuliani's associates, who had been helping him find material on the Bidens, were arrested on Wednesday night on election financing charges.

Schiff called Yovanovitch a "model diplomat" and expressed gratitude and "appreciation" for her coming to testify before members today.

Thus far, only Mr Volker, has testified before lawmakers.

The current ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, who is also at the centre of the impeachment row over Trump's conduct towards Ukraine, has said he will appear on Thursday, also in defiance of the state department gag.

Miller musings: White House aide Stephen Miller declined to tell reporters whether he would comply with a congressional subpoena, if ever presented one.

ABC News has repeatedly asked the State Department for comment on Yovanovitch's planned appearance.

Yovanovitch's reputation in the diplomatic corps and with foreign officials with whom she's dealt in her three-decade career does not square with Trump's characterization of her as "bad news".

Related News:

  • Modi, Xi look to patch up India-China ties

    Modi, Xi look to patch up India-China ties

    Friday's talks between Modi and Xi were aimed at building on the relationship reset that began in Wuhan in April previous year . The Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader and long an aggravation for China, is based at Dharamsala in northern India.
    Google can't keep secrets, so all hail the Pixelbook Go

    Google can't keep secrets, so all hail the Pixelbook Go

    Knowing the Pixelbook and Pixel Slate were expensive Chrome devices from Google, I can't imagine this being cheap. For connectivity, this laptop might come with Two USB-C ports, 3.5mm headphone jack, WiFi and Bluetooth options.
    Dyson Cans Electric Car Project, Says It’s Not Commercially Viable

    Dyson Cans Electric Car Project, Says It’s Not Commercially Viable

    This is not the first project which has changed direction and it will not be the last. It isn't clear if the project closure will results in job losses in the UK.
  • Oppo Launches Reno Ace With VOOC 4.0 Fast Charge

    Oppo Launches Reno Ace With VOOC 4.0 Fast Charge

    However, it is not yet known for now whether the company will be releasing the Reno Ace series in Malaysia or otherwise. Tucked inside is a 4,000mAh dual-cell battery which can be charged from 0 to 100 percent in just 30 minutes.
    Trump grants new powers to impose tough sanctions on Turkey

    Trump grants new powers to impose tough sanctions on Turkey

    And on Friday, the group reported that five ISIS members had escaped from a prison after Turkish mortar rounds landed nearby. The punitive measures, Mnuchin said, can be targeted at any person associated with the Turkish government.
    Boeing Separates CEO, Chairman Role Amid 737 MAX Crisis

    Boeing Separates CEO, Chairman Role Amid 737 MAX Crisis

    It simply doesn't have the expertise or resources to do it all itself, and it's a policy which U.S. politicians have supported. The system in question is known as the maneuvering characteristics augmentation system - or MCAS.
  • Robert Forster, Oscar nominee for 'Jackie Brown,' dies at 78

    Robert Forster, Oscar nominee for 'Jackie Brown,' dies at 78

    Robert Forster - who appeared in more than 100 films throughout his career, including the new Breaking Bad movie - has died. Forster had a movie career spanning more than 50 years.
    Max Allegri gives Manchester United deadline to sack Solskjaer

    Max Allegri gives Manchester United deadline to sack Solskjaer

    And I believe for the final couple of years the robust characters have disappeared and [are] not making a distinction anymore'. Since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club as Premier League champions in 2013, United have failed to win another league title.
    Cain Velasquez retires from UFC, signs deal with WWE

    Cain Velasquez retires from UFC, signs deal with WWE

    He has been removed from the UFC's United States Anti-Doping Agency drug-testing pool and the UFC heavyweight rankings. The 37-year-old will be joining WWE, where he has signed a multiyear contract with the wrestling organization.
  • News Reporter's Son Interrupts Her Live Broadcast In Hilarious Video

    News Reporter's Son Interrupts Her Live Broadcast In Hilarious Video

    As Kube addressed the situation, her son came up behind her and started reaching up to her while she was speaking. This is the moment a news anchor was interrupted by her child during a live broadcast.
    Islanders drop game to Oilers after James Neal scores 4

    Islanders drop game to Oilers after James Neal scores 4

    Beauvillier gave the Islanders a short-lived lead by scoring a breakaway short-handed goal with 5:46 left in the first period. The Islanders scored first when Anthony Beauvillier beat Oilers netminder Mikko Koskinen on a shorthanded breakaway.

    "Lights Up" by Harry Styles Review

    Twitter has been having a collective meltdown since Styles first hinted that his new album was coming. It's hard to not feel like you've done what you've set out to do.

Most liked

More companies back away from Facebook´s Libra coin
Stripe will "remain open to working with the Libra Association at a later stage", the spokesperson said . Their initial agreement to join the Libra Association instantly gave Facebook's project legitimacy.

Travel agency swoops for Thomas Cook's United Kingdom retail estate
We are very grateful to all our Hays Travel colleagues who have worked their socks off to help make this happen over the last two weeks.

World Mental Health Day observed in Pakistan
According to the World Health Organization , one in four people will experience a mental health condition in their lives. In Ontario, 70 per cent of mental health and addictions issues begin in childhood or adolescence.

Nikes Filled with Holy Water Sell Out Immediately at $3,000-a-Pair
And right now, the current hottest kick around is a customized pair of Nike Air Max 97s that promise to let you walk on water-literally.

Acting US Homeland Security Chief Has Resigned, Says Donald Trump
But his tenure at the helm of DHS was marked by internal squabbling and jockeying by others in his department vying for top jobs. McAleenan had only been in the position since April, and was the fourth person to lead the department in two years.

Boris Johnson opens door to customs compromise
Sterling rose sharply on worldwide money markets in the wake of the talks, on which Cabinet received a briefing on Friday morning. Following his "technical" discussion with Mr Barclay in Brussels, Mr Barnier told reporters: "Be patient".

Southgate accepts reality Czech in Prague and promises better in Bulgaria
Manager Gareth Southgate defended individual players from criticism but said that his team needed to be better when not in possession.

Judge blocks Trump immigration rule, calls it 'repugnant to American Dream'
District Court for the Southern District of NY issued a nationwide preliminary injunction Friday blocking the U.S. Judge Phyllis Hamilton found "the plaintiffs are likely to prevail on the merits, for numerous reasons".

Piers Morgan insists Coleen Rooney's private Instagram is still public
Coleen publically accused Rebekah of selling personal stories about her and her family to The Sun in a Twitter post on Wednesday. There was as soon as never any designate of any bad blood between us or any designate that she had a suspicion about me'.

Texas records 1st death linked to e-cigarette use
Interested in Vaping? Add Vaping as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Vaping news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Washington state Governor Jay Inslee has urged state agencies to ban flavoured and cannabis-derived vaping products.

Ukraine’s President Says ‘No Blackmail’ Happened in Phone Call With Trump
Mr Zelensky also said he does not believe US-Ukraine relations will be affected by the inquiry into the call. Mr Trump has made allegations, without evidence, that Mr Biden engaged in improper dealings in Ukraine.

Advance voting is now open across Metro Vancouver
Nearly 45,000 Canadians residing overseas are now registered to vote in this election, nearly triple the number in 2015. To vote, people need to be a Canadian citizen, at least 18 years old and prove their identity and address.

Kevin Smith speaks out on Martin Scorsese’s criticism of Marvel movies
Although he says Scorsese has a right to his opinion, Tony Stark said that it didn't make sense. You know, everybody doesn't like his stuff either".

Jane Fonda Arrested on Steps of Capitol Building in Climate Change Protest
I got up, and as I started to walk back to the auto with the translator, the implication of what had just happened hit me. She moved to Washington DC to be greater involved in the fight against climate change , she said.

North Korea may reconsider trust-building steps with USA , foreign ministry warns
However, North Korean officials have since threatened to resume the tests several times, amid the breakdown in talks. The North could respond, it added, but said "we believe it is too early and not necessary to do so".