With House Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump centering on the allegation that he withheld military aid to Ukraine in exchange for politically advantageous investigations while Ukraine was at war with Russian Federation, this latest news suggests rank and file Congressional Republicans have concluded that even with a dearth of supporting evidence, publicly deriding Ukraine for interfering in the election will provide a veneer of legitimacy to the Trump-requested investigations. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi formally launched efforts to remove the president after a partisan Central Intelligence Agency analyst filed a "whistleblower" complaint alleging that the president pressured the leader of Ukraine to investigate allegations corruption against former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. Trump calls the inquiry a partisan "witch hunt" and neither he nor his lawyers have agreed to appear in an inquiry hearing on Wednesday.
The White House froze almost $300 million in security aid to Ukraine about two weeks before Trump spoke with Zelensky and asked for "a favor" in the form of those two investigations.
Trump and some of his fellow Republican supporters have promoted a theory that Ukraine, not Russian Federation, sought to interfere in the 2016 US vote. "We're at war", Zelensky said.
A day after telling Wallace that Ukraine had interfered in the election, Kennedy told Chris Cuomo on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time" that he had misunderstood Wallace's question and his response had been mistaken.
"I think both Russian Federation and Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election", Kennedy said.
But when asked whether he trusts Putin when it comes to peace talks, Zelenskiy says he doesn't trust anyone "at all". During my meeting with him, I said that I don't want our country to have this image.
Zelensky is also bothered by the constant portrayal of Ukraine as a corrupt nation.
The U.S. officials who have testified so far in the impeachment probe have rejected that theory.
"When America says, for instance, that Ukraine is a corrupt country, that is the hardest of signals", Zelensky told the magazine.
"I urge my Republican colleagues - they know who they are - to stop spreading these lies, which hurts our democracy", he said. "But that signal from [the United States] is very important". Mitt Romney, R-Utah, told NBC News that the theory had been debunked by USA intelligence agencies.