WASHINGTON DC – US President Donald Trump says he is willing to invite Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to a White House meeting.
Speaking to reporters before his departure for New York on Saturday, Trump said he would surely invite Zelensky if the Ukrainian president wanted to go to the United States.
In September, House Democrats launched an impeachment case on a complaint that Trump allegedly put pressure on Zelensky during a telephone call on July 25 this year.
The allegation of abuse of power points out that Trump wanted Zelensky to investigate possible corrupt activities of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Biden is one of the top Democratic candidates for the US presidential elections of 2020.
President Trump has stated on several occasions that the prosecution against him is a coup and a witch hunt. The inquiry, however, continues to advance in the US House.
Earlier this week, Trump said in an interview with the Washington Examiner that he wanted to read aloud US citizens the transcript of his telephone conversations with Zelensky. The transcript has already been released after Ukraine’s approval.
Meanwhile, the Democratic-majority US House of Representatives took another step in Donald Trump’s impeachment process by approving the rules for the next phase of the inquiry, including public hearings.
In the vote, considered an important test for continuing impeachment, the Democratic Party’s rules of the process were passed by 232 to 196. No Republican voted in favor, while two Democrats opposed it. It has also been decided that the president may attend Congress to defend himself.
The Republican is accused of endangering national security by asking Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky to help investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who worked earlier this year at a Ukrainian gas company. According to Trump’s opponents, he used his power in the White House to gain personal advantage.
Republicans, for their part, accuse opponents of wanting to overthrow the results of the 2016 election. The US presidential election will take place next year.
The White House said Democrats have an unbalanced obsession with impeachment. Through Twitter, Trump accused the process of being the “biggest witch hunt in American history.” He denies that he has committed any wrongdoing.
If approved, impeachment goes to Senate
The opening of impeachment was announced on September 24 by Pelosi. The request is based on a call from Trump to Zelensky on July 25. The content of the conversation was released in September following an anonymous tip from an American intelligence agent.
If the House approves the impeachment, the Republican majority Senate would make a judgment on the case. Trump, however, contrary to what happens under Brazilian rules, would not be removed from office during the process. To pass, it takes two-thirds of the votes, which seems unlikely in a House controlled by the president’s party.