The White House released an unredacted version of the phone conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and mainstream media is scrambling to keep their narratives that President Trump did something wrong intact.
For context, Trump has repeatedly claimed that he was innocent against waves of allegations brought by Democratic members of Congress and mainstream media that his call included impeachable offenses. They alleged Trump repeatedly demanded Zelensky investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son.
After the White House released the record of the conversation, it appears Trump was right.
Here is the full, unredacted transcript of President Trump’s call with the President of Ukraine: https://t.co/DsD2NI4Azr
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) September 25, 2019
But, mainstream media is doing everything they can to rebox the release and claim Trump was still in the wrong. Check it out:
CNN legal analyst Susan Hennessey tweeted: “Transcript of Trump’s call with Ukrainian president shows him offering U.S. assistance for Biden investigation.”
Transcript of Trump’s call with Ukrainian president shows him offering U.S. assistance for Biden investigation https://t.co/1dW0ziU5oP
— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) September 25, 2019
Take care of her language as it is obviously written to have readers (and her 259,000+ followers) believe Trump offered financial aid in exchange for the investigation. He did not.
In fact, Trump did not offer anything in exchange for the investigation. He said, per the release, that he would offer the services of United States Attorney General William Barr to help with the investigation.
Human Events’s Will Chamberlain accurately reported this information:
“Whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great.”
That’s the “assistance for the Biden investigation.”
These absolute clowns pic.twitter.com/qXfgwPFggJ
— Will Chamberlain (@willchamberlain) September 25, 2019
Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich also correctly reported what the release actually said.
“No quid pro quo, no talk of withholding military aid, Trump asked Ukraine to look into the firing of a prosecutor who Biden bragged about firing under threat of withholding $1 billion in loan securities. [And,] Trump concern over Ukraine election interference,” Pavlich tweeted.
-No quid pro quo
-No talk of withholding military aid
-Trump asked Ukraine to look into the firing of a prosecutor, who Biden bragged about firing under threat of withholding $1 billion in loan securities
-Trump concern over Ukraine election interferencehttps://t.co/gUOxRLyCpS
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) September 25, 2019
Remember yesterday when we were told President Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate Biden's son? 8 times? And offered quid pro quo in exchange?
None of that was true. They did it again.
Just like collusion. Just like obstruction. Same old story.
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) September 25, 2019
Just read Ukraine transcript. It’s bad! Very very bad! For Joe Biden. But @realDonaldTrump didn’t once offer aid for a political favor. Dems look like idiots. Media already did. Wile E. Coyote has Acme bomb blow up in face again.
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) September 25, 2019
I don’t Tweet very much but reading transcript has moved me to comment. I was totally underwhelmed by the transcript. After the build-up, it was not much more inappropriate said than we hear from him in a typical week. This will not move malleable voters.
— Charlie Cook (@CharlieCookDC) September 25, 2019
The transcript does not show a quid pro quo
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) September 25, 2019
Basically, there isn't anything in the call that Trump, Giuliani etc. hasn't already admitted to publicly. https://t.co/o9pgCK82Lq
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) September 25, 2019
-transcript does NOT show a quid pro quo.
-Trump clearly suggested investigating Hunter Biden
-definitely not a good look for Trump
-my big question ahead of next steps: did he break the law? https://t.co/OJLwVoyzGH
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) September 25, 2019
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) September 25, 2019
Democrats fail. Again. This is getting boring.
Ukraine call transcript shows Trump sought Biden probe, but made no mention of US aid https://t.co/uOP7yWi0K8
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) September 25, 2019
Just read the transcript. There is nothing that even comes close to a quid pro quo. Trump never even hints at any threats or bribes or anything. He asks Ukraine to look into illegal activity and that’s all. This is a huge embarrassment for the Democrats.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) September 25, 2019
If you are wondering whether Democrats and media tried to turn a DOJ investigation into foreign election interference into an impeachable crime as a way of distracting from coming bombshells on Obama FISA abuses, then answer is yes. https://t.co/wEq72Zmt7x
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) September 25, 2019
Ouch. Do not forget this red-hot take from ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jon Karl moments before the record was released:
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 25, 2019
President Trump wants to know when he can expect an apology:
Will the Democrats apologize after seeing what was said on the call with the Ukrainian President? They should, a perfect call – got them by surprise!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2019