How to Watch Fox News’ Coverage of the Trump Impeachment Hearings

Cheryl Sanders
November 14, 2019

Regardless of how the House of Representatives' impeachment hearings into President Donald Trump end, some Ukrainian-Americans believe their ancestral homeland has already become a unwitting victim of tumultuous US politics.

That call prompted a whistleblower complaint that led Democrats to launch the probe in September into whether Trump abused his power by withholding almost $400 million in security assistance to Ukraine to pressure the vulnerable US ally.

Cooper described at some length the approval process for the $US391 million ($570 million) in aid to Ukraine, including that the Pentagon had determined that Kiev had met anti-corruption requirements for the release of the funds.

"All of the senior leaders of the United States national security departments and agencies were all unified in their - in their view that this assistance was essential", Cooper said, according to the transcript.

"All of the senior leaders of the USA national security departments and agencies were all unified in their - in their view that this assistance was essential", Ms Cooper said, according to the transcript.


"They are trying to negotiate a peace with Russian Federation, and if they are seen as weak, and if they are seen to lack the backing of the United States for their armed forces, it makes it much more hard for them to negotiate a peace on terms that are good for Ukraine", she said.

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence's first open impeachment hearing begins Wednesday at 7 a.m. PT/10 a.m. ET.

That call prompted a whistleblower complaint that led Democrats to launch the probe in September into whether Trump abused his power by withholding security assistance to put pressure on a vulnerable USA ally.

He has been walking a diplomatic tightrope to maintain good relations with both US political sides whose bipartisan support Ukraine counts on for aid and diplomatic cover against Russian Federation following Moscow's annexation of the Crimea peninsula in 2014.

Officials have testified that they were concerned that Trump and his administration sought to tie almost $400 million in security aid for Ukraine to the probes.


"The body of evidence to date does not support the Democrat allegation that President Trump pressured Ukraine to conduct investigations into the president's political rivals for his political benefit in the 2020 election", according to a GOP talking-points memo reviewed by Reuters. Trump wrote on Twitter.

He has dismissed the inquiry as a "witch hunt" and blocked several aides and other administration personnel from cooperating with the Democratic-led investigation.

If that occurs, the 100-seat Republican-controlled Senate would hold a trial on the charges.

"I think Ukraine is kind of a victim in this case because I believe they were pushed to do something that is not in the real Ukrainian interest", said Igor Yarmak, 63, a tech professional in New York City who has voted Republican in the past but dislikes Trump.


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