Trump Will ‘Probably’ Release Second Ukraine Call Transcript Next Week

Adam Schiff

President Donald Trump said he will release the transcript of another phone call with the President of Ukraine "probably" on Tuesday - this communication having taken place in April before the July conversation at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.

-House Republicans came forward Saturday with a list of witnesses they want the House Intelligence Committee to hear from in the public hearings set to start this coming week. That was two weeks before Trump spoke to Zelensky.

After nearly a month of calling for greater transparency in the enquiry, the White House changed its strategy this week by prohibiting several of its officials from even testifying behind closed doors before the lower house committees.

One by one, current and formal officials met before Congress to give their account of the phone call and the Trump administration's relationship with Ukraine - including the business dealings of Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.

Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, saying that his request to Ukraine was to investigate the alleged corruption. "I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a US citizen, and I was anxious about the implications for the USA government's support of Ukraine". What I said it was misreported as usual.

"If Mr. Mulvaney had information that contradicts the consistent and incriminating testimony of numerous public servants, Mr. Mulvaney would be eager to testify, instead of hiding behind the President's ongoing efforts to hide the truth".

The whistleblower accused Trump of abusing his office for political gain and laid out a road map that House Democrats have followed in their investigation.

According to transcripts released on November 8 in the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry, Vindman and Fiona Hill, a former White House Russia adviser, both gave firsthand descriptions of scenes central to the congressional probe.

Sondland "said that he had had a conversation with Mr Mulvaney, and this is what was required in order to get a meeting", Vindman said.

Then Bolton then abruptly ended the meeting. "Crowds went insane!" White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, who traveled with the first couple to the game, tweeted on Saturday.

While Vice President Joe Biden was handling global relations with Ukraine on behalf of the Obama administration, his son, Hunter, was being paid $50,000 a month to sit on the board of a Ukrainian gas company, despite having no natural energy experience.

A plain reading of the transcript of the call (pdf), released by the White House on September 25, revealed that Trump had asked Zelensky to look into Biden's dealings in Ukraine but seemingly hadn't pressured him.

In the period in between, other witnesses have said, Mulvaney abruptly froze $391 million in military aid already approved for Ukraine.

When she relayed what she heard back to Bolton, he called it a "drug deal" and told her to report it to the National Security Council lead counsel, John Eisenberg.



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