White House hits back Democrat picturing Zelenskiy's daughter kidnapped by President Trump

US Congressman Steve Cohen, D-TN speaks during the House Judiciary Committee's markup of House Resolution 755 Articles of Impeachment Against President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington DC

Rep. Steve Cohen Trump Ukraine Call ‘an Affront’ to MLK’s Memory 3,922Jim Watson AFP Getty Images Joshua Caplan12 Dec 2019

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), one of Congress's most ardent supporters of impeachment, declared Wednesday that President Donald Trump's phone call with the leader of Ukraine was "an affront" to civil rights icons such as Martin Luther King Jr.

Kuleba, who met this week with members of Congress, the State Department, and the White House, said his top priorities in the US capital were to lobby the United States to impose sanctions on Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural-gas pipeline and enhance relations with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. That pressure was at the heart of the articles of impeachment expected to be voted upon by the House of Representatives next week.

Giuliani reportedly intends to brief Trump on the results of his trip to Ukraine last week, where he met with Ukrainians hawking various forms of dirt on Democratic politicians. Trump has also urged Giuliani to inform the Justice Department and Republican senators on what he discovered.

As special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation wound down earlier this year, Giuliani began pushing the belief - previously held only on the fringes of the conservative movement - that Ukraine may have also attempted to interfere in the 2016 election. House Democrats moved to impeach him after it was revealed that military aid to Ukraine was delayed as Trump pushed Kyiv to investigate potential political foe, former Vice President Joe Biden. There is no evidence that happened.

The White House fired back shortly in a tweet with an image of the September meeting between two presidents who had the exact same chair: "JUST IN: Democrats want to impeach the President for [checks notes] being too tall".

"Well, I'll tell you that brings to mind the picture of President Trump and President Zelenskiy meeting in NY in September at the United Nations and a big chair for President Trump, little chair for President Zelensky", Johnson said. And Attorney General William Barr and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo both have told West Wing aides that the attention-seeking former mayor had become a liability to Trump.

Giulaini returned from the trip on Saturday.

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