House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler rejects statements from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that he did not feel pressured by President Trump to do anything during their now-infamous July 25 phone call, saying that Zelensky is being pressured by President Trump to say he was not pressured.
"We had, I think, good phone call, It was normal... I think you read [in the transcript] that nobody pushed me," Zelensky said during a bilateral meeting with President Trump at the United Nations General Assembly on September 25. "We [are an] independent country and [have] independent general security. I can't push anyone. That is the answer. I didn't call somebody. I didn't ask him. I didn't push him."
"Of course, he said he wasn't pressured!" Nadler said Thursday during a Judiciary markup of the two articles of impeachment. "The United States is a powerful nation on which his nation is dependent. He has a gun to his head!"
REP. JERRY NADLER: We've repeatedly heard that the Democrats are accusing President Zelensky and Mr. Yermak of, of, of, lying because Mr. Zelensky said he wasn't pressured.
Of course, he said he wasn't pressured! The United States is a powerful nation on which his nation is dependent. He has a gun to his head!
The gun is the fact that the president of the United States, upon whom he depends for military aid and help in many different ways, has shown himself willing to withhold that aid and to do other things based on what he says, based on what he says, based on whether he is willing to play along with the president for his personal and political goals.