Timeline of Ukraine Scandal: Kyiv Post

Government officials withholding military aid to Ukraine for a political favor is at the heart of an impeachment inquiry underway since September 24. A telephone call and testimony to three committees of the House of Representatives indicate that Donald Trump directed his private attorney and government staff to re-investigate and disqualify numerous US investigations that have found Russia was behind social media operations to influence the 2016 US presidential election. The US president also wanted Ukraine to target Joe Biden, a candidate for the 2020 presidential election, and his son for an investigation into corruption connected to Burisma, a gas company under investigation. Oleksiy Sorokin has prepared a timeline that demonstrates how foreign interests take advantage of polarization in another country. What often made this scandal complicated is the fact that it has arisen from an intersection of domestic political agendas of the U.S. and Ukraine,” he writes. “While the Americans wanted to use Ukraine to get ahead of their opponents, Ukrainian actors cooperated because they wanted to curry support from a powerful ally of their country in order to strengthen their positions in Ukraine.” Secrecy is justified in foreign policy that involves national security, but not when players seek personal gain. – YaleGlobal

Timeline of Ukraine Scandal: Kyiv Post

Timeline on the Ukraine scandal, center of the impeachment inquiry for US President Trump, shows how foreign interests pick sides in polarized US politics
Oleksiy Sorokin.
Saturday, October 19, 2019

Read the timeline from the Kyiv Post about the Ukraine scandal that has put the Trump administration under an impeachment inquiry.

Oleksiy Sorokin graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.A. degree in political science and history. After completing an internship at Transparency International Ukraine, he joined the Kyiv Post as a staff writer in October 2018.

Also read the article “Democracy, Transparency, and Secrecy in Crisis” from Foreign Policy Analysis.

 “I would think that Mr. Khrushchev operating a totalitarian system, which has many advantages as far as being able to move in secret, and all the rest – there is a terrific disadvantage not having the abrasive quality of the press applied to you daily, to an administration, even though we never like it, and even though we wish they didn't write it, and even though we disapprove, there isn't any doubt that we could not do the job at all in a free society without a very, very active press.” —John F. Kennedy, 1962 interview with Sander Vanocur, NBC

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