Trump impeachment: White House ‘can’t find any record’

Trump impeachment: White House ‘can’t find any record’ of call which president insists exonerates him , Donald Trump claims exonerates him over a scandal which is threatening to bring down his presidency. The US ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland testified to congress earlier this month that Mr Trump ,

Had made clear to him in the call that there was “no quid pro quo” with Ukraine. The alleged conversation came on 9 September, days after it publicly emerged the White House was quietly withholding almost $400m (£310m) in security aid from Kiev.

A number of US officials subsequently testified of a link between the money and Mr Trump’s desire for the Ukrainian president, “This is Ambassador Sondland speaking to me,” Mr Trump told reporters outside the White House last week, while reading notes of Mr Sondland’s testimony in the House impeachment inquiry.

“Here’s my response that he just gave: ‘I want nothing … I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo.’” He also claimed on Twitter the “Impeachment Witch Hunt” was “over” and again quoted Mr Sondland’s recollection of the conversation.

But no other evidence has emerged regarding the call, which would have occurred before dawn in Washington DC. the White House has located no record of the conversation in its switchboard logs, though Mr Trump may have used a personal mobile.

In an earlier alleged call with Mr Sondland, however, Mr Trump is said to have asked the ambassador whether Mr Zelensky would announce a probe into the Bidens. David Holmes, a staffer at the US embassy in Ukraine, told the impeachment inquiry he had been with Mr Sondland when he spoke with Mr Trump .

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