Here are the top stories making headlines in conservative politics today:
Ukraine president says no blackmail in Trump phone call; 51% back Trump impeachment in Fox poll; Two Giuliani Associates linked to Ukraine arrested on campaign finance charges
Ukraine’s President: No Blackmail in Phone Call with Trump
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky reiterated his claims that during his phone call in July with US President Donald Trump there was no quid pro quo, bribe or blackmail involved, despite the continuing claims made by Democrats.
“There was no blackmail,” Zelensky told reporters. “They blocked this money and nobody asked us [for] anything,”
At a daylong media event, Zelensky told reporters he knew that the US was withholding $400 million in military aid due to concerns over potential corruption in Ukraine.
However, he said, the issue of aid was never linked to a desire by Trump to investigate former vice president Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and the Ukraine-based energy company Hunter is associated with.
Zelensky said he believed the transcript released by the White House was accurate.
51% Back Impeachment and Removal of Trump in Fox Poll
In the latest poll from Fox, 51% of respondents now support the impeachment and removal of President Donald Trump from office.
The latest figures show a nine-point increase from the last survey taken by Fox on July 19. Here the complete results:
- Impeachment of Trump and removal from office: 51%.
- Impeachment of Trump and remain in office: 4%
- Against impeachment of Trump: 40%
- Undecided: 5%.
Two Giuliani Associates Linked to Ukraine Arrested on Campaign Finance Charges
Two associates of President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, who aided his efforts to investigate the activities of former Vice President Joe Biden in Ukraine were arrested by federal authorities on charges of campaign finance violations.
The two Florida businessmen, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, gave $325,000 to a pro-Trump super PAC, America First Action, in 2018.
The nationalities of the two men are unknown but are believed to be from former Soviet Republics. The men are alleged to have made illegal donations through a limited liability corporation called Global Energy Producers.
The two men have also reportedly dined with President Trump in 2018, as well as his eldest son Donald Trump Jr. Allegedly, the two men introduced Giuliani to several Ukrainian officials to discuss the dismissal of a prosecutor.