President Donald Trump has rebuked top house democrats who have brought the charge of accusation, including Adam Schiff, chairman of the intelligence committee and Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the judicial committee.
Trump also called freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her & # 39; Squad & # 39; in tweets on Saturday morning from the White House, prior to departure to the Trump National Golf Club in nearby Sterling, Virginia.
& # 39; Can you imagine that these Do Nothing Democrat Savages, people like Nadler, Schiff, AOC Plus 3 and many more had a Republican party that would have done Obama what the Do Nothings do to me? Oh well, maybe next time! & # 39; the president wrote.
& # 39; PRESIDENTIAL FUN! & # 39; He added in a follow-up tweet.
Trump, given Friday, stays in Washington DC for the weekend without public events
Trump will be in Washington DC this weekend without scheduled public events.
On Saturday morning, he was seen leaving the White House in a white polo shirt and wearing red, in the company of Republican Senator Lindsey Graham – an avid supporter who recently heard eavesdropping attempts in a telephone conversation on a JetBlue flight.
On Friday, House Democrats took their first concrete steps in investigating Trump's accusation, issuing summonses with documents from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and legal statements for other officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In the White House, a senior government official confirmed on Friday an important detail of the unidentified CIA whistleblower who has accused Trump of misusing the power of his office by asking the Ukrainian president to investigate allegations that Joe Biden is investigating a company where his son was sitting has quashed on the board of.
The White House acknowledged that a record of the Trump phone call that is now central to the investigation of allegations had been sealed in a very secret system under the direction of the lawyers of the Trump National Security Council.
House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Can be seen on Friday
Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff (D-CA) attends a hearing on Thursday about the whistleblower complaint against President Trump
Trump, for his part, again maintained that his actions and words & # 39; perfect & # 39; and that the whistleblower's complaint may have been the work of & # 39; a partisan officer & # 39 ;.
Separately, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway told reporters that the whistleblower has & # 39; protection under the law & # 39 ;, something that Trump himself seemed to have questioned earlier in the day. He then suggested that his prosecutor is not a whistleblower at all.
Trump's statement that questioned the whistleblower's status seemed to be a possible attempt to claim that legal protection laws do not apply to the person, opening a new front in the president's defense, but the statement van Conway seemed less likely to make that.
The question remains why the rough transcript of Trump & # 39; s July 25 phone call with the President of Ukraine on & # 39; lock-down & # 39; was put, in the words of the whistleblower.
The whistleblower of the CIA said that turning around the record in an unusual way was proof that & # 39; White House officials understood the seriousness of what had happened & # 39; in the conversation.
A former official said that memos of Trump calls with foreign leaders had to be severely restricted after leaks in 2017.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) talks to reporters before going to the US Capitol Building for final votes for a two-week working period on Friday
Calls with the crown prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman and Vladimir Putin in Russia were among those whose distribution was kept to a minimum.
The official warned that administrations are discussing sensitive issues with both countries, and that the treatment should not imply anything undesirable during the call. Even some calls with American allies are also limited due to discussions on classified topics. The person spoke about the condition of anonymity to describe the process.
The whistleblower complaint claims that Trump used his office to request interference from another country & # 39; to help themselves in next year's US elections.
In the phone call, days after freezing some military aid for Ukraine, Trump urged new Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy to dig for potentially harmful material about democratic rival Joe Biden and offered the help of both his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani as the US. Attorney General William Barr.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to set a deadline for the probe, but promised & # 39; fast & # 39; to act. The House Intelligence Committee could pull members back to Washington next week.
Pelosi said she was praying for the president and added: & I would say to Democrats and Republicans: we have to put the country in front of the party. & # 39;
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