President Donald Trump has teased releasing a transcript of his first call with President Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine, and said it is more important and & # 39; more alluring & # 39; is then his second call with the leader.
Trump tweeted Monday night that he would release the transcript of his first phone call with Zelensky at some point this week.
& # 39; To remain the most transparent president in history, I will release the transcript of the first, and therefore most important, telephone conversation with the President of Ukraine somewhere this week & # 39 ;, Trump said.
& # 39; I am sure you will find it tempting! & # 39;
It is after Trump said last week that he was willing to release the first transcript in the midst of the impeachment probe.
Donald Trump tweeted Monday night that he would release the transcript of his first phone call with Volodymyr Zelensky at some point this week
The accusation investigation began in September after a whistleblower in the American intelligence community had filed a complaint against Trump during his July 25 call with Zelenskiy.
In addition to promising the release of the transcript, Trump continued the research on Monday evening in a series of tweets.
He accused Adam Schiff, head of the Trump Democrats investigation, of organizing a witch hunt.
& Schiff Gives Republicans NO WITNESSES, NO LAWYER & NO DUE PROCESS! It is a totally one-sided witch hunt. This cannot make the Democrats look good. What a farce! & # 39; Trump Tweeted.
& # 39; Just as Schiff made up my call, he will make the transcripts that he makes and releases! & # 39;
& # 39; Schiff and the Dems made this whole thing, they reverse-engineered it. They've been swearing for three years. Why should we listen to them? Why would we want to? & # 39;
The investigation of allegations is entering a crucial new public phase with the first in-camera hearings to be held later this week.
It is aimed at allegations that Trump has wrongly withheld security money as leverage to press Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden.
On Wednesday and Friday, American diplomats William Taylor, George Kent and Marie Yovanovitch will publicly detail their concerns, previously expressed in closed-door testimony, that Trump and his administration wanted to link security assistance to investigations that benefit his 2020 could come re-election bid.
Trump and some of his supporters have argued that the funds – approved by the US Congress to help combat Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of Ukraine – were blocked by Trump from pressing the Zelenskiy government to fight corruption, not to search for Biden and his son.
Democrats who control the House have argued that Trump has abused his power by forcing a vulnerable American ally to conduct investigations that would be politically beneficial to Trump. Biden is a leading Democratic nomination candidate to meet the Republican President in the 2020 elections. His son Hunter Biden was a member of the board of a Ukrainian energy company named Burisma.
Trump has denied that there was a consideration – or exchanged a favor for a favor – in his dealings with Ukraine. He defended his call with Zelenskiy as & # 39; perfect & # 39; and called the probe a politically motivated hoax.
The accusation investigation began in September after a whistleblower within the American intelligence community had filed a complaint against Trump during his July 25 call with Zelenskiy
Trump wrote on Twitter on Monday that the investigation should be ended and that the unnamed whistleblower, the whistleblower's lawyer and & # 39; Corrupt politician & # 39; Schiff must be investigated for fraud.
It came after the Pentagon's senior official overseeing US policy towards Ukraine told accusation investigators that Trump demanded that the country's aid be withheld, according to her recently released testimony.
Testimony from Laura Cooper, Assistant Assistant Secretary of Defense, was released Monday by Trump's congress panel.
Cooper & # 39; s testimony was the last to be made public and to show the internal machinations of the government, because Trump insisted that almost $ 400 million in support for Ukraine be withheld until his president publicly launched an investigation into one of the Trump's biggest political rivals.
Also on Monday, acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney withdrew a motion to take part in a lawsuit to have a judge decide whether Congress could force him to testify in the investigation. Mulvaney will start his own lawsuit instead.
The conference panel also issued a testimony on Monday from Catherine Croft and Christopher Anderson, both advisers to Ambassador Kurt Volker on Ukraine's policies, who described their concerns about the Ukrainian policy of the Trump government.
Volker was Trump's special representative for Ukraine negotiations until he resigned in September.