Senators to meet with Zelensky after impeachment trial

A bipartisan trio of senators will meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday. 
 
The meeting, scheduled to happen in Kyiv, comes roughly a week after Senate Republicans acquitted President TrumpDonald John TrumpBubba Wallace to be driver of Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin NASCAR team Graham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Southwest Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid MORE of both abuse of power in his actions toward Ukraine and obstruction of Congress in its subsequent investigations.
 
Sens. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonThis week: Supreme Court fight over Ginsburg's seat upends Congress's agenda GOP set to release controversial Biden report Democrats fear Russia interference could spoil bid to retake Senate MORE (R-Wis.), Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyDemocratic senator calls for 'more flexible' medical supply chain to counter pandemics The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Don't expect a government check anytime soon GOP chairman to release interim report on Biden probe 'in about a week' MORE (D-Conn.) and John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoMurkowski: Supreme Court nominee should not be taken up before election Battle lines drawn on precedent in Supreme Court fight Sunday shows - Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death dominates MORE (R-Wyo.) will meet with Zelensky, saying they want to reiterate that Ukraine has bipartisan support and that the countries' relationship remains "as important now as ever." 
 
"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 Kyiv as a bipartisan delegation to reinforce our support with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky," the three said in a joint statement. 
 
Each of the senators is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Johnson chairs the Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, while Murphy and Barrasso are members of the subcommittee.
 
Zelensky found himself emerging as a key figure in the months-long impeachment fight when his July 25 phone call with Trump fueled calls for investigations and for removing the president from office. 
 
Trump, according to a partial transcript of the call released by the White House, asked Zelensky to help "look into" former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenJoe Biden looks to expand election battleground into Trump country Trump puts Supreme Court fight at center of Ohio rally Special counsel investigating DeVos for potential Hatch Act violation: report MORE and his son Hunter Biden. 
 
White House aides were tasked with halting the $391 million in military aid shortly after the phone call, according to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Pentagon documents that were published by the Center for Public Integrity.
 
"Based on guidance I have received and in light of the Administration's plan to review assistance to Ukraine, including the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, please hold off on any additional DoD obligations of these funds, pending direction from that process," Michael Duffey, a senior White House official, wrote to OMB and Pentagon officials on July 25.
 
Murphy and Johnson traveled to Ukraine together last year and met with Zelensky. Murphy, in a letter to House Democrats, said he believed Zelensky was "feeling the pressure."