President Trump has spoken out on the whole whistleblower complaint fiasco that has largely served to put Joe Biden and his son Hunter in the hot seat regarding their suspicious relationship with the Ukraine.
The whistleblower story alleges that President Trump inappropriately pressured the President of the Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, to investigate the Bidens and has spurred on Democrat outrage along with accusations of election interference (Russia Collusion Fairytale 2.0…except this time with the Ukraine?)
On Sunday, President Trump confirmed that yes, indeed, the conversation happened between him and Zelensky regarding Biden and corruption in the Ukraine.
Trump spoke to reporters on the White House lawn, saying that his supposed-scandalous phone call with Zelensky was a “largely congratulatory” one, that Zelensky hopes to solve the corruption in his country, and that “we don’t want our people like Vice President Biden and his son creating to the corruption already in the Ukraine and Ukraine has got a lot of problems.”
President Trump's confirmation that he did, indeed, discuss potential Biden family crime with the Ukrainian leader has poured fuel on the fire for Democrats already flaming over the whistleblower story that Trump improperly pressured Zelensky to investigate Biden.
Now, Democrats are wanting a full transcript of President Trump's phone call with Zelensky to be released.
Watch the full clip of what President Trump had to say about his conversation with the Ukraine's president here:
So, basically President Trump did his job as president and spoke about pertinent matters with a foreign leader that involves both their countries.
But, it's 2019 and 2020 is fast approaching, so Dems are seizing the opportunity to cry foul play in another last ditch effort to take back rule of our nation!
Axios has a summary of President Trump's confirmation of the phone call that has Dems up in arms:
President Trump confirmed to reporters on the White House South Lawn Sunday that he discussed Joe Biden and his son during a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25."The conversation I had was largely congratulatory, with largely corruption — all of the corruption taking place — largely the fact that we don't want our people like Vice President Biden and his son creating to the corruption already in the Ukraine and Ukraine has got a lot of problems. The new president is saying that he's going to be able to rid the country of corruption, and I said that would be a great thing, we had a great conversation."
Why it matters: Trump said on Friday that "it doesn't matter" what he discussed with Zelensky, but appeared to be more forthcoming about the call on Sunday as reports in the New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal continue to reveal new details. Some have speculated that Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine until Zelensky promised to investigate Biden and his son, but the president was adamant on Sunday that there was "no quid pro quo."
- Nonetheless, Democrats have demanded that Trump release the transcript of the phone call to prove he has nothing to hide. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said that the "existence of an explicit quid pro quo" isn't necessary, and that if Trump "demanded a foreign government do his political bidding, that’s when he crossed the critical threshold."
As you may have guessed, President Trump's confirmation of the conversation he had about Biden with Ukrainian President Zelensky has Democrats calling for impeachment, once more.
On this, The New York Times said:
President Trump acknowledged on Sunday that he raised corruption accusations against former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. during a phone call with Ukraine’s leader, a stunning admission as pressure mounted on Democrats to impeach Mr. Trump over allegations he leaned on a foreign government to help damage a political rival.
In public and in private, many Democrats said the evidence that has emerged in recent days indicating that Mr. Trump pushed the Ukrainian government to investigate Mr. Biden, and his administration’s stonewalling of attempts by Congress to learn more, were changing their calculations about whether to charge him with articles of impeachment.
The influential chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who has resisted such action, said the House might now have “crossed the Rubicon” in light of the new disclosures, and the administration’s withholding of a related whistle-blower complaint. A group of moderate freshman lawmakers who had been opposed to an impeachment inquiry said they were considering changing course, while other Democrats who had reluctantly supported one amplified their calls. Progressives, meanwhile, sharpened their criticisms of the party’s leadership for failing to act.
The fast-moving developments prompted Speaker Nancy Pelosi to level a warning of her own to the White House: Turn over the secret whistle-blower complaint by Thursday, or face a serious escalation from Congress.
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In a letter to House Democrats, Ms. Pelosi never mentioned the word “impeachment,” but her message hinted at that possibility.
“If the administration persists in blocking this whistle-blower from disclosing to Congress a serious possible breach of constitutional duties by the president, they will be entering a grave new chapter of lawlessness which will take us into a whole new stage of investigation,” Ms. Pelosi, Democrat of California, wrote in the letter.