The White House has released a 5-page declassified document detailing President Trump’s phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
After days of anticipation and Democratic leadership in Congress claiming the contents of the phone conversation included impeachable offenses, the released record of the July 25 phone call shows absolutely no wrongdoing by the president.
The Washington Examiner reports:
A whistleblower with knowledge of the phone call made a complaint to Trump-appointed intelligence community inspector general Michael Atkinson, who deemed the complaint “serious” and “urgent,” but acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire declined to release the contents of the whistleblower complaint to Congress after consulting with the Justice Department. This set off a firestorm on Capitol Hill, and lawmakers called for President Trump to be impeached, following claims that Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate the 2020 Democratic presidential front-runner and his son Hunter Biden.
The former vice president bragged in 2018 that he threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees if Ukraine didn’t fire top prosecutor Viktor Shokin. Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani alleged for months that Biden wanted Shokin fired because Giuliani says Shokin undertook an investigation into Ukrainian oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky, the owner of Burisma Holdings, which employed Biden’s son as a board member starting in 2014, reportedly paying him $50,000 a month.
READ: White House transcript of Trump call with Ukrainian president https://t.co/cygw5Hz93D
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Read the full release below:
Ukraine transcript is out: https://t.co/Pu5UMeGjOp
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