Donald Trump is not happy that the “Witch Hunt” into his presidency has continued. An impeachment inquiry is underway and a transcript of Trump’s July phone call with the Ukrainian president has been released.
“There has been no President in the history of our Country who have been treated so badly as I have,” Trump tweeted Wednesday (September 25). “The Democrats are frozen with hatred and fear. They get nothing done. This should never be allowed to happen to another President. Witch Hunt!”
There has been no President in the history of our Country who has been treated so badly as I have. The Democrats are frozen with hatred and fear. They get nothing done. This should never be allowed to happen to another President. Witch Hunt!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2019
Later, he tweeted, “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!”
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
The transcript of the July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was released Wednesday (September 25) and confirmed that Trump did ask Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, his biggest potential rival for the 2020 election.
In the transcript, which was released by the White House, Trump pushed Zelensky repeatedly to investigate Biden and his son Hunter with the help if his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and U.S. Attorney General William Barr, reports CNN.
“There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great,” Trump asked Zelensky, according to the transcript, CNN reports. “Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it … it sounds horrible to me.”
Zelensky responded with support, saying, “Since we have won the absolute majority in our Parliament, the next prosecutor general will be 100% my person, my candidate. He or she will look into the situation specifically to the company that you mentioned in this issue. The issue of the investigation of the case is actually the issue of making sure to restore the honesty so we will take care of that and will work on the investigation of the case.”
That call took place one day after former special counsel Robert Mueller testified before Congress about Russian interference in U.S. elections, CNN reports.
The call was part of a whistleblower complaint received by the Intelligence Community Inspector General.
The call also followed Trump’s direction to withhold military aid from the country over concerns that the United States was contributing more to Ukraine than European countries were, MSN reported.
Zelensky thanked him for it during their July conversation.
“I would also like to thank you for your great support in the area of defense,” Zelensky said.
Quid, meet quo. https://t.co/agt0oDCvpT— George Conway (@gtconway3d) September 25, 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who announced a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump on Tuesday (September 24), had a thing or two to say following the release of the transcript.
“The fact is that the President of the United States, in breach of his constitutional responsibilities, has asked a foreign government to help him in his political campaign, at the expense of our national security, as well as undermining the integrity of our elections,” she said Wednesday, CNN reports. “That cannot stand. He will be held accountable. No one is above the law.”
Pelosi also revealed at around 5 p.m. EST on Wednesday (September 25), the House will vote to disapprove the Trump administration’s blocking of the whistleblower complaint from coming to Congress, reports CNN.
Still, Trump insisted on Wednesday (September 25) that there was “no pressure whatsoever” in his phone call with Zelensky in which he told the Ukrainian president, “I would like you to do us a favor.”
Despite the findings, impeachment would be a long shot given the Republican-controlled Senate. If the vote gets past the House, where Democrats have enough members to vote for impeachment, it would then go to the Senate.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina tweeted after the transcript was revealed, writing, “Wow. Impeachment over this? What a nothing (non-quid pro quo) burger. Democrats have lost their minds when it comes to President @realDonaldTrump.”
Wow. Impeachment over this?— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) September 25, 2019
What a nothing (non-quid pro quo) burger.
Democrats have lost their minds when it comes to President @realDonaldTrump.
Sen. Graham also challenged Pelosi and the “moderate” Democrats “hiding behind her” to vote, CNN reports.
“If you really believe that this is an impeachable offense or other things are impeachable subject to an inquiry, vote on it,” he said, adding how he tells his “Democratic friends: You’re going down a dangerous road here for the future of the presidency as well as your own future, but that’s up to y’all.”
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