President Donald Trump said he is prepared to release a transcript of his first telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky amid a democratic probe – saying: & # 39; I will give it to them & # 39 ;.
Trump produced the call himself Friday when he defended his call of July 25 with Zelensky, whom he called a & # 39; perfect call & # 39; , despite a brief discussion by Joe Biden and asking the & # 39; Ukrainian President & # 39; in the form of an investigation.
Democrats cite the evidence of a & # 39; consideration & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I had a very good conversation with the President of Ukraine … the conversation was perfect, & # 39; said Trump.
& # 39; If they want, I will give it to them, & quot; Trump said, referring to his phone call in April with the President of Ukraine, while the Democrats are continuing their investigation.
& # 39; I have a second call that nobody knew about and I think they want that call to be produced. You heard that, & he said and he called a call from April 21 with Zelensky.
& # 39; I had a second phone call with the president, who I believe actually came before this one. And now they all want that. And if they want it, I'll give it to them, & T 39 said. & # 39; I haven't seen it lately, but I'll give it to them. & # 39;
& # 39; I understand that they like it, and I have no problem giving it to them, & # 39; said Trump.
Trump was pressured after telling the White House Counsel's office that refusing document requests and instructing witnesses not to testify was not enthusiastic about the idea.
Trump said accusation witnesses cancel each other out and that nobody knew firsthand
& # 39; They don't want to scam all this information, & # 39; said the president. & # 39; It's a witch hunt. I can release it. It doesn't bother me, & he said.
& # 39; I called. I'm sure it was right. I call a lot. But I have no problem releasing it. I am very transparent. No one is more transparent than I am, & said the president.
The president built up drama about the call and said Democrats & # 39; really want it & # 39; and that & # 39; I will probably give it to them & # 39 ;. He also said it was a & # 39; very revealing call & # 39; used to be.
His comments were among many he made about the Democratic Impeachment Probe, which will have its first public hearings next week.
He said that none of the witnesses & # 39; firsthand knowledge & # 39; had what was going on, and witness Gordon Sondland said that there was no & # 39; consideration & # 39; used to be. Although Sondland, the EU ambassador, wrote in a text message after a phone call with Trump that there was no consideration, he revised his testimony to the House to describe a message he personally gave to a Ukrainian assistant .
Sondland said that Ukrainian millions of American security aid was probably linked to a public statement about corruption.
& # 39; I said that resumption of US aid would probably not take place until Ukraine had provided the public anti-corruption statement that we had discussed for weeks, & # 39; said Sondland in his revised testimony.
After a week in which witness statements were made public, Trump said: & # 39; All those people cancel themselves. & # 39;
He described the call for witnesses as: & # 39; Let's find the 10 people who hate President Trump the most and let's put them there. & # 39; Some witnesses are old diplomats. Others, such as Sondland, were nominated by Trump. Sondland donated $ 1 million to Trump's inauguration.
& # 39; They should not hold public hearings. This is a hoax, & said Trump. & # 39; This is just a continuation of the hoax. & # 39;
Trump also denied a Washington Post report that he asked Attorney General Bill Barr to give a press conference in which he said he had done nothing wrong in Ukraine.
& # 39; I never asked him for a press conference. It's fake news, & said Trump.
& # 39; If I asked Bill Barr to hold a press conference, I think he would. But I never asked him to hold a press conference. Why should I? & # 39; he asked.
& # 39; No one needs to hold a press conference. I think if I asked him, and by the way, we never confirmed it. I think if I asked him, I haven't said this yet, and I don't think I'll do it, I'm sure I won't, but if I asked him to hold a press conference, I think that he would do that. That said, it's fake news, & Trump said.
Trump continued to attack the anonymous whistleblower who brought forward information about his telephone conversation in Ukraine in July.
He said the whistleblower & # 39; should be revealed & # 39; and said his lawyer should be charged & # 39; perhaps for treason & # 39 ;.
Donald Trump Jr. tweeted an article this week that identified the suspected whistleblower.
Trump allies point to a January 2017 tweet by Zaid that & # 39; the coup has started & # 39 ;. The tweets followed Trump & # 39; s resignation of the official Ministry of Justice Sally Yates. Zaid said this week that he meant the term as a form of resistance by government insiders.