Ukrainian President Shreds Democrats: Impeachment Was a 'Soap Opera'
President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was ready to turn the page on the scandal
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who was at the center of the partisan Democratic Party-led impeachment of President Donald Trump, slammed the party by describing the trial as a 'soap opera.'
Zelensky, who last year stated that Trump did not attempt to bribe or blackmail him or push a quid pro quo on the Ukrainian government as Democrats claimed, said he was ready to turn the page on the scandal.
Zelensky told the Munich Security Conference on Saturday:
"After the whole impeachment soap opera, I want to go (to Washington) and start a blank page on our relations."
The Ukrainian president even compared the impeachment process to the hit 1980s soap operas "Santa Barbara" and "Dallas."
During his interview with CNN, Zelensky seriously undermined the Democrat's key arguments in their impeachment efforts against Trump.
He also stated he looks forward to meeting soon with Trump before throwing "cold water" on the suggestion that he was being extorted or unduly pressured by the president in the July 25 phone call.
"I'm ready to host him before he hosts me," he told the audience in Munich.
The Ukrainian leader also dismissed the notion his country is corrupt.
But he did acknowledge that his country had suffered from corruption under previous governments.
Zelensky added that his administration is now pushing for more transparency.
Last year, the Ukrainian president said of his phone call with Trump:
Q: "Some Republicans have said they hoped you would learn a lesson from impeachment. What lesson did you learn from impeachment?"— CSPAN (@cspan) February 12, 2020
President Trump: "That the democrats are crooked…that they shouldn't have brought impeachment and my poll numbers are 10 points higher." pic.twitter.com/N7ToHqdKfY
"There was no blackmail."
"They blocked this money, and nobody asked us [for] anything."
In November last year, the White House released a transcript of the first call between the president and Ukraine's leader.
The transcript revealed Trump agreed to meet with Ukraine’s then-President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky without any preconditions.
The document showed that the actual conversation between the two leaders runs counter to the allegations by Democrats, that President Trump "bribed" Ukraine to pressure them to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden - the basis of the entire impeachment proceedings.
Trump was acquitted on all charges earlier this month following the month-long impeachment trial.
Earlier this week, Trump was asked what lesson did he learn from impeachment, he responded:
"That the Democrats are crooked…"
"That they shouldn't have brought impeachment, and my poll numbers are 10 points higher."