Sens. Chris Murphy and Ron Johnson meet with Ukrainian President Zelensky in Kiev in September.
Sens. Chris Murphy and Ron Johnson meet with Ukrainian President Zelensky in Kiev in September.

Washington – Sen. Chris Murphy, whose trip to Ukraine last summer was cited in the effort to impeach and remove President Donald Trump, is going to Kiev again.

As he did in September, Murphy is traveling to Ukraine with Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis. But this time Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., is making the trip with them.

Murphy and Johnson diverged sharply on their accounts of their last trip together to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.

Johnson told House impeachment investigators that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky never said he felt pressure to provide the United States with anything in return for U.S. military aid that had been held up by Trump.

Murphy said he had a different take on the situation, that Zelensky had been receiving “improper overtures” by Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who was pressing  Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Murphy said Zelensky did not want to become involved in U.S. politics and was indeed feeling pressure.

Murphy announced his upcoming trip Ukraine in a tweet.

“NEWS: I’m heading to Ukraine Friday to meet with President Zelensky. Joined by @SenRonJohnson and @SenJohnBarrasso,” Murphy tweeted. “Trump may have gotten away with the corruption of the U.S.-Ukraine relationship, but that can’t stop us from trying to rebuild bipartisan support for the alliance.”

In addition, the  senators, all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a joint statement on Thursday to announce their trip.

“The U.S.-Ukraine relationship is as important now as ever,” the statement said. “The future of Ukraine matters to the United States and we must make sure Ukraine knows that we view them as a strategic ally. This is why we’re going to Kiev as a bipartisan delegation to reinforce our support with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.”

Ana has written about politics and policy in Washington, D.C.. for Gannett, Thompson Reuters and UPI. She was a special correspondent for the Miami Herald, and a regular contributor to The New York TImes, Advertising Age and several other publications. She has also worked in broadcast journalism, for CNN and several local NPR stations. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Journalism.

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  1. How is visiting the Ukraine going to get Electric Boat another submarine? How is visiting the Ukraine going to stem violent crimes? How is visiting the Ukraine going to help the displaced Puerto Rican family’s? How is going to the Ukraine going to help families losing CEAP ( Connecticut Energy Assistance) ? SNAP Benefits? Housing Assistance?
    He doesn’t even own a home in Connecticut anymore. Sen Murphy has become Sen Empty Seat!

  2. Does Murphy represent Connecticut, even thought he lives in DC?
    Has he paid off his student loans yet,even after raising over $15M in campaign funds?
    Is he the best legislator money can buy?

  3. Will the senator also be meeting with the current attorney general of Ukraine? Will the transcript of his meeting with the president be broadcast and then posted?

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