Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told reporters Thursday that President Trump did not impose any blackmail, bribe, or quid pro quo on him during their now-infamous July phone call. “There was no blackmail,” he said. “We are not servants. We are an independent country.”
Zelensky also said that he did not know about the military aid block Trump had imposed on Ukraine until after the time of their call.
? This is a major development since impeachment proceedings against President Trump began due to allegations that he — explicitly or implicitly — sought to strong-arm Zelensky into investigating his 2020 rival Joe Biden by withholding the military aid until he did so.