With the 2020 US Presidential election around the corner, Republican Matt Gaetz said President Donald Trump was sincerely acting on corruption allegations against him in the deal with Ukraine.
Speaking to ABC, Gaetz said the president was acting on concern about Ukraine, which is one of the most corrupt countries in the world adding that the president was also introspecting on the Biden connection to Burisma.
When asked over the possibility of Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifying in the impeachment proceeding, the Republican said it was no new thing to President’s advantage his administrators will testify in the investigation.
On Ukraine deal, Gaetz said Trump stopped millions in military aid to Ukraine given his concerns that the country was the third-most corrupt country in the world. He added that the president was unsure if he should invest US taxpayers money in Ukraine because of the country’s corrupt history.
On July 25 this year, Trump had asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to order probe into the Bidans and seized $400 million in military assistance to Ukraine.
The phone call was disclosed by a whistleblower following which the House ordered impeachment enquiry against Trump as the Democrats alleged abuse of power by Republicans in the Ukraine deal.
The White House, as of now, has not participated in the inquiry and has also directed officials to refrain from participating in the investigation citing executive privilege.
The Democrats, on the other hand, have demanded that key administrators such as Mick Mulvaney, Mike Pompeo, Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani testify.
Gaetz on the likeliness of key administrators appearing for investigation, said, allowing them would strengthen President’s defense and might set a troubling precedent.
Meanwhile, US Treasury department Assistant Secretary Monica Crowley claimed that Trump administration’s economic reforms have led to the country’s lowest unemployment rate.