Trump releases earlier call, showing Ukraine president was eager to meet . On Friday morning, as the second day of public impeachment hearings began,
The White House released a summary of a second, earlier conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. While Trump has suggested the document would help clear him in the ongoing impeachment proceedings,
It simply showed how eager Zelensky was to meet the American president, which actually could bolster the case that a White House meeting was part of a quid pro quo for the investigations the Trump administration sought from Ukraine.
About three months before the July 25 phone call that was flagged by an intelligence community whistleblower. “I’d like to congratulate you on a job well done, and congratulations on a fantastic election,” Trump said,
“Good to hear from you. Thank you so very much,” Zelensky responded. Rep. Devin Nunes, the ranking Republican on the Intelligence Committee, read extensively from the April call record in his opening statement before the testimony of Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.
According to a summary of the July discussion that was released earlier by the White House, Trump urged the Ukrainian president to work with his allies, Attorney General Bill Barr and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, to investigate the dealings of former ,
Vice President Joe Biden in Ukraine. Biden’s son Hunter was on the board of a Ukrainian energy company. Trump has repeatedly maintained that his July call with Zelensky was “perfect” and suggested that the release
Of this second discussion would strengthen that argument. “They want to have a transcript of the other call, the [earlier] call, and I’m willing to provide that,” Trump said to reporters on Nov. 9.