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& # 39; This is a cover-up & # 39 ;, said Nancy Pelosi House President at a press conference on Thursday

House speaker Nancy Pelosi said a whistleblower claims that White House officials intervened to & # 39; lock notes & # 39; on a politically explosive phone call that President Trump had had with the leader of Ukraine.

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& # 39; This is a cover, & # 39; Pelosi told reporters at a press conference in Capitol, just a few days after he came out to say that the House was conducting a formal investigation into the President's allegations.

Pelosi said the president's oath of office, our national security and integrity & # 39; of the American elections.

She pointed to an important new revelation in a whistleblower's complaint that was declassified Thursday morning. The complaint refers to the call of the president on July 25 with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, where Trump searched for a company that was tied to the son of rival Joe Biden.

& # 39; This is a cover-up & # 39 ;, said Nancy Pelosi House President at a press conference on Thursday

& # 39; This is a cover-up & # 39 ;, said Nancy Pelosi House President at a press conference on Thursday

House Intelligence chairman Adam Schiff characterized the call as a & # 39; shakedown & # 39; in mob style.

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The whistleblower also points out how the content of that call is stored – he said senior White House officials intervened to & # 39; lock & # 39 ;, including the transcript of the call White House that was released on Wednesday.

Statements were removed from a typical system and placed in a separate system that is normally used for & # 39; particularly sensitive & # 39; information. A White House official described it as a & # 39; abuse & # 39 ;, according to the complaint.

The House Intelligence Committee published the bombing on Thursday in the midst of the growing scandal Trump was confronted with when dealing with Ukraine.

The seven-page & # 39; s document was released overnight after the legislators viewed it, hours after the transcript of the call between Donald Trump and Volodymyr Zelensky was published, was published by the Department of Justice.

It includes a series of allegations at Donald Trump and the White House, including:

  • Trump & # 39; uses the power of his office to request interference from a foreign country in the US 2020 elections & # 39 ;;
  • His personal lawyer Rudolph Giuliani is accused of being & # 39; a central figure & # 39; and the Advocate General Bill Barr & # 39; seems to be involved too & # 39 ;;
  • The call between Trump and Zelensky saw the president try & # 39; promote his personal interests & # 39 ;;
  • White House lawyers feared that the officials who listened to the call witnessed the president who abused his office for personal gain.
  • White House lawyers tried to & # 39; lock & # 39; by restricting the distribution of the official transcript and placing it in a secret computer system that is usually used without reason for & # 39; secret actions & # 39 ;;
  • A White House official & # 39; described the act as abuse & # 39 ;, said the whistleblower;
  • Other & # 39; politically sensitive – instead of national security sensitive & # 39; calls between Trump and foreign leaders have been treated in the same way;
  • There are more notes of the call – not just the transcript that was published Wednesday;
  • That & # 39; multiple US officials & # 39; expressed concern about Rudy Giuliani who was involved in Ukraine;
  • That Advocate General William Barr & # 39; also seems to be involved. & # 39;

The announcement of the complaint, just one day after the release of a transcript of Trump's call with Zelensky, led to an immediate reverberation.

Giuliani told me CNN from his room at the Trump International Hotel, he had & # 39; no knowledge of that nonsense. & # 39;

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The former mayor of New York denied the whistleblower's claim that two foreign ministry officials spoke to him to limit the damage of his Ukrainian transactions and indicated that his text messages with special US envoy to Ukraine would be Kurt Volker confirm that he is not freelancing.

I have talked to the Foreign Ministry in the course of this situation, I have told you at least 10 times, and I have met them, & he said and added that he had a & # 39; nice piece of text & # 39; had to support his claims.

The letter does not reveal the whistleblower's identity, but makes it clear that they are a senior figure – they reveal that they are a & # 39; readout & # 39; received the call.

They say they were not one of the officials who listened to Trump's call, but say: & Several White House officials with immediate knowledge of the call have informed me that the President after an initial exchange of Courtesies the rest of the call used to promote his personal interests. & # 39;

But the explosive core of the accusation against Trump is less likely to be about Ukraine, but about extensive coverage.

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Call: The conversation on July 25 between Volodymyr Zelensky and Donald Trump is now central to a metastatic Washington D.C. scandal with fuel poured on it through the publication of the whistleblower complaint

Call: The conversation on July 25 between Volodymyr Zelensky and Donald Trump is now central to a metastatic Washington D.C. scandal with fuel poured on it through the publication of the whistleblower complaint

Call: The conversation on July 25 between Volodymyr Zelensky and Donald Trump is now central to a metastatic Washington D.C. scandal with fuel poured on it through the publication of the whistleblower complaint

Call: The conversation on July 25 between Volodymyr Zelensky and Donald Trump is now central to a metastatic Washington D.C. scandal with fuel poured on it through the publication of the whistleblower complaint

Call: The conversation on July 25 between Volodymyr Zelensky and Donald Trump is now central to a metastatic Washington D.C. scandal with fuel poured on it through the publication of the whistleblower complaint

In the spotlight: the complaint claims that both Rudy Giuliani - the President's private lawyer - and Bill Barr, the Attorney General are both mentioned as part of the alleged abuse of power

In the spotlight: the complaint claims that both Rudy Giuliani - the President's private lawyer - and Bill Barr, the Attorney General are both mentioned as part of the alleged abuse of power

In the spotlight: the complaint claims that both Rudy Giuliani - the President's private lawyer - and Bill Barr, the Attorney General are both mentioned as part of the alleged abuse of power
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In the spotlight: the complaint claims that both Rudy Giuliani - the President's private lawyer - and Bill Barr, the Attorney General are both mentioned as part of the alleged abuse of power

In the spotlight: the complaint claims that both Rudy Giuliani – the President's private lawyer – and Bill Barr, the Attorney General are both mentioned as part of the alleged abuse of power

The whistleblower says after the phone call that they have learned from & # 39; several US officials that senior White House officials have intervened to & # 39; lock & # 39 ;, especially the official transcript.

For the whistleblower, these White House officials underlined the seriousness of what had happened in the call & # 39 ;.

White House officials said they were & # 39; sent by lawyers & # 39; to remove the transcript from the typical White House computer system for storage.

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It was loaded in a & # 39; separate electronic system & # 39; – one whose whistleblower is normally associated with & # 39; secret activity & # 39 ;.

The whistleblower describes the readings of the travels of Special Ukraine representative Kurt Volker to the country.

According to those results, Volker and the US ambassador to the European Union advised Ukrainians on how to navigate the President's guidelines & # 39 ;.

The whistleblower also describes the hearing of US officials what has been publicly reported that Giuliani traveled to Madrid to meet with one of Zelensky & # 39; s advisers, Andrey Yermak.

Using what could be code for the Biden investigation Trump was looking for, officials said the meeting & # 39; immediate follow-up & # 39; was from the Trump Zelensky phone call and the & # 39; business & # 39; they discussed. The call contains only one case, the company associated with Hunter Biden, as well as Trump's reference to the hacked Democratic server in the 2016 elections.

The whistleblower appoints Zelensky advisers whom Giuliani approached. Officials told the whistleblower that two of them are planning a trip to Washington in August.

The official also talks about the extraordinary decision to recall the US ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, for & # 39; consultations & # 39;

On Trump & # 39; s call of July 25, the president called the US diplomat a & # 39; bad news & # 39; and Zelensky agrees that he was the & # 39; first to tell me that she was a bad ambassador because I fully agree with you & # 39 ;.

The whistleblower heard from US officials that Yovanovitch would probably be removed on April 29. The person heard she was recalled due to & # 39; pressure due to Mr. Lutsenko's allegations & # 39; – a reference to claims by the Ukrainian public prosecutor.

Left Ukraine: Joe Biden made several journeys there and demanded action against corruption; Hunter was on the board of a natural gas company dealing with money laundering practices

Left Ukraine: Joe Biden made several journeys there and demanded action against corruption; Hunter was on the board of a natural gas company dealing with money laundering practices

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Left Ukraine: Joe Biden made several journeys there and demanded action against corruption; Hunter was on the board of a natural gas company dealing with money laundering practices

Prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko, who praised Trump during the July call, had made a series of allegations about the 2016 elections that were at odds with the intelligence community's conclusion that Russia had hacked democratic servers.

Lutsenko also said that Biden's pressure on former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to dismiss a previous public prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, was done to investigate Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company where Hunter Biden is on the board sat, stop.

Giuliani has pushed those double claims – dealing with the 2016 elections and Biden's actions – into his public efforts on behalf of Trump.

The whistleblower also quoted Lutsenko's public remarks to communicate with Attorney General William Barr, who repeatedly mentioned Trump during his call with Zelensky.

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Days after the Foreign Ministry announced the removal of Ambassador Yovanovich, the New York Times reported that Giuliani was planning to travel to Ukraine in an effort he said could help his client and help the United States.

The whistleblower reports that he & # 39; multiple & # 39; US officials have heard that they were deeply concerned about what they considered Mr. Giuliani to bypass the national security decision-making process to deal with Ukrainian officials and send messages back and forth between Kiev and the president. & # 39;

The whistleblower said Volker and US ambassador to the E.U. Gordon Sondland tried to help Ukrainians the various messages they received from official American channels on the one hand and from Mr. Giuliani, on the other hand, to understand and respond to it, "said the person.

Trump's infamous phone call with Zelensky was only set up after negotiations. The call would depend on & # 39; & # 39; of whether Zelnsky was willing to & # 39; ball & # 39; to play on the issues Giuliani and Lutsenko had raised, according to the complaint.

The whistleblower weaves several public comments and accounts together with prior knowledge. The person quotes Trump's statement to George Stephanopoulos of ABC that he would accept information about his political rivals.

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It was mid-July that the whistleblower heard of a & # 39; sudden change in policy & # 39; to withhold hundreds of millions of US security assistance to Ukraine.

A whistleblower attachment provides more information about the secret server where the Trump & # 39; s explosive Ukrainian call transcript was placed.

During the call, just after Zelensky thanked him for US defense support and said his country & # 39; almost done & # 39; is to buy American anti-tank missiles, Trump replies: "But I want you to do us a favor because our country has been through it a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it," said a transcription that the White House released on Wednesday.

Trump then conducts an investigation that he wants election hack in 2016 and adds: & There is much talk about the son of Biden, that Biden has stopped the persecution and many people want to find out, so whatever you the Attorney General would be great. & # 39;

According to the whistleblower, director of National of Inteligence Joseph Maguire says & # 39; has done the right & # 39; by coming forward, the content of the call was placed on a computer system that was directly managed by the National Security Council (NSC) intelligence directorate program & # 39; s. & # 39;

It is a "stand-alone" computer system "reserved for code word level information, such as cover action," the whistleblower said. Code word intelligence is the highest rating level.

The whistleblower claims that officials & # 39; internal concerns have expressed that this would be an abuse of the system and was not in line with the responsibilities of the Directorate of Intelligence Program & # 39; s & # 39 ;.

The whistleblower also reported having learned around May 14 that President Trump "instructed" Vice-President Mike Pence to cancel a planned trip to Ukraine. Pence had attended Zelensky on May 20.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry went instead. US officials "made it clear to the whistleblower" that Trump did not want to meet Zelenksy "until he saw how Zelensky" chose to act "in the office."

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READ THE ENTIRE DETAILED TRANSCRIPT OF THE CALL OF DONALD TRUMP WITH THE VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY OF UKRAINE

Spelling in this transcript is per the White House

Declassified by decision of the president on September 24, 2019

MEMORANDUM OF TELEPHONE CONVERSATION

TITLE: Telephone conversation with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine

PARTICIPANTS: President Zelenskyy of Ukraine

Notetakers: The White House Situation Room

DATE, TIME AND PLACE: July 25, 2019, 9:03 AM – 9:33 AM EDT Residence

The president: congratulations on a big win. We all looked from the United States and you did a great job. The way you came from behind, someone who didn't get much chance, and who eventually won you easily. It is a fantastic achievement. Congratulations.

President Zelenskyy: You are absolutely right, Mr President. We have won a lot and have worked hard on this. We have worked a lot, but I want to confess that I have had the opportunity to learn from you. We have used quite a bit of your skills and knowledge and have been able to use it as an example for our elections – and yes, it was true that these were unique elections. We found ourselves in a unique situation where we could achieve a unique success. I can tell you the following; the first time you called me to congratulate me when I won my presidential election, and the second time you call me when my party won the parliamentary election. I think I have to run more often, so you can call me more often and we can talk over the phone more often.

The President: (laughter) That's a very good idea. I think your country is very happy with that.

President Zelenskyy: Well, to tell you the truth, we are trying to work hard because we wanted to remove the swamp here in our country. We have brought in many new people. Not the old politicians, not the typical politicians, because we want a new format and a new type of government. You are a great teacher for us and in it.

The President: Well, it's very nice of you to say that. I will say that we do a lot for Ukraine. We spend a lot of effort and a lot of time. Much more than European countries do and they should help you more than they are. Germany does almost nothing for you. All they do is talk and I think it's something you really should ask them about. When I spoke to Angela Merkel, she talks about Ukraine, but she doesn't do anything. Many of the European countries are the same way, so I think it's something you want to look at, but the United States has been very good for Ukraine. I would not say that it is necessarily reciprocal because things are happening that are not good, but the United States has been very good for Ukraine.

President Zelenskyy: Yes, you are absolutely right. Not only 100%, but actually 1000% and I can tell you the following; I spoke to Angela Merkel and I met her. I also met and spoke with Macron and I said that they do not do as much as they should about the problems with the sanctions. They do not enforce the sanctions. They don't work as much as they should work for Ukraine. It seems that, although logically speaking, the European Union should be our biggest partner, but technically the United States is a much larger partner than the European Union and I am very grateful to you for that, because the United States is doing a lot for it Ukraine. Much more than the European Union, especially when we talk about sanctions against the Russian Federation. I also want to thank you for your great support in the field of defense. We are ready to continue working on the following steps. specifically, we are almost ready to purchase more javelin throw from the United States for defense purposes.

The President: I would like you to do us a favor, because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened to this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike … I think you have one of your rich people … The server, they say that Ukraine has it. There are a lot. of things that happened, the whole situation. I think you surround yourself with some of the same people. I would like the Attorney General to call you or your people and I would like you to unpack it. As you saw yesterday, that whole nonsense ended with a very bad performance by a man named Robert Mueller, an incompetent version, but they say that a lot of it started with Ukraine. Whatever you can do, it is very important that you do it when possible.

President Zelenskyy: Yes, it is very important to me and everything that you have just mentioned. For me as president, it is very important and we are open to future cooperation. We are ready to open a new page about cooperation in relations between the United States and Ukraine. For that purpose I have just recalled our ambassador from the United States and he will be replaced by a highly competent and experienced ambassador who will work hard to ensure that our two nations come closer. I would also like to see him have your trust and your trust and have personal relationships with you so that we can work together even more. I will tell you personally that one of my assistants has recently spoken with Mr Giuliani and we very much hope that Mr Giuliani will be able to travel to Ukraine and we will meet when he comes to Ukraine. I just wanted to reassure you that you have no one but friends around us. I will ensure that I surround myself with the best and most experienced people. I also wanted to tell you that we are friends. We are good friends and you, Mr President, have friends in our country so that we can continue our strategic partnership. I also intend to surround myself with wonderful people and, in addition to that investigation, I guarantee as President of Ukraine that all investigations will be conducted openly and frankly. I can assure you of that.

The president: good, because I heard that you had a prosecutor who was very good and he was closed and that is really unfair. Many people talk about that, the way they closed your very good public prosecutor and you had some really bad people. Mr. Giuliani is a very respected man. He was the mayor of New York City, a great mayor, and I'd like him to call you. I will ask him to call you together with the Attorney General. Rudy knows very well what is happening and he is a very capable guy. If you could talk to him, that would be great. The former ambassador from the United States, the woman, was bad news and the people she was dealing with in Ukraine were bad news, so I want you to know. The other thing, there is much talk about Biden's son, that Biden has stopped the persecution and many people want to know about it, so anything you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden bragged that he stopped the persecution, so if you can look at it … It sounds terrible to me.

President Zelenskyy: I wanted to tell you about the public prosecutor. First of all, I understand and I am well informed about the situation. Since we have won the absolute majority in our Parliament, the next public prosecutor will be 100% my person, my candidate, who will be approved by parliament and will start as a new public prosecutor in September. He or she will investigate the situation, in particular the company you mentioned in this publication. The issue of the investigation of the case is actually the question of ensuring that fairness is restored so that we ensure it and work on the investigation of the matter. Moreover, I would like to ask you if you have any additional information that you can provide to us, it would be very helpful for the investigation to ensure that we exercise justice in our country with regard to the US ambassador from Ukraine as far as I remember her name was Ivanovich. It was great that you were the first. who told me she was a bad ambassador because I agree 100% with you. Her attitude towards me was far from the best because she admired the previous president and she stood by his side. She would not accept me well enough as a new president.

The President: Well, she's going onh some things. I will have Mr. Giuliani call you and I will also have Attorney General Barr call you and we will sort it out to the bottom. I'm sure you'll find out. I heard that the public prosecutor was treated very badly and he was a very honest public prosecutor so good luck with everything. Your economy is getting better and I predict better. You have many assets. It is a great country. I have many Ukrainian friends, their incredible people.

President Zelenskyy: I would like to tell you that I also have quite a few Ukrainian friends who live in the United States. The last time I traveled to the United States, I stayed in New York at Central Park and I stayed in the Trump Tower. I will talk to them and hope to see them again in the future. I also wanted to thank you for your invitation to visit the United States, especially Washington DC. On the other hand, I also wanted to assure you that we take the matter very seriously and will work on the investigation. As for the economy, there is a lot of potential for our two countries and one of the problems. that is very important for Ukraine is energy independence. I believe that we can be very successful and work together on energy independence with the United States. We are already working on collaboration. We buy American oil, but I am very hopeful for a future meeting. We have more time and more opportunities to discuss these opportunities and get to know each other better. I want to thank you very much for your support.

The president: good. Well, thank you very much and I appreciate that. I will tell Rudy and Attorney General Barr to call. Thank you. If you want to come to the White House, please call. Give us a date and we will work that. from. I look forward to seeing you.

President Zelenskyy: Thank you very much. I would love to come and meet you personally and get to know you better. I look forward to our meeting and would also like to invite you to visit Ukraine and come to the city of Kiev, a beautiful city. We have a beautiful country that would welcome you. On the other hand, I believe that we will be in Poland on 1 September and that we can hopefully meet in Poland. After that, it might be a very good idea to travel to Ukraine. We can take my plane and go to Ukraine, or we can take your plane, which is probably much better than mine.

The President: Okay, we can solve that. I look forward to seeing you in Washington and maybe in Poland, because I think we will be there at that time.

President Zelenskyy: Thank you very much, Mr President.

The president: congratulations on your fantastic work. The whole world watched. I'm not sure if it was so upset, but congratulations.

President Zelenskyy: Thank you Mr. President, goodbye.

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