Trump just released the transcript of his call that led Pelosi to shake her fists and open an impeachment inquiry.
It’s another dud. Trump never said money for dirt. He started out congratulating the new president on a great victory and then they talk about politics with both taking Angela Merkel to task for not giving enough aid.
They talk about corruption – in both countries – with the Zelensky saying he needed to drain the swamp in his country too. Trump also took a shot at Mueller.
“We are buying American oil but I am very hopeful for a future meeting. We will have more time and more opportunities to discuss these opportunities and get to know each other better,” Zelensky told Trump.
“We are trying to work hard because we wanted to drain the swamp here in our country,” Zelensky said.
“We brought in many many new people. Not the old politicians, not the typical politicians, because we want to have a new format and a new type of government. You are a great teacher for us and in that.”
“I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it,” Trump said…
“As you saw yesterday, the whole nonsense ended with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Mueller, an incompetent performance, but they say a lot of it started with Ukraine. Whatever you can do, it’s very important that you do it if that’s possible.”
“I just wanted to assure you once again that you have nobody but friends around us,” Zelensky said.
“Rudy very much knows what’s happening and he is a very capable guy,” Trump said. “If you could speak to him that would be great.” See full transcript here.
President Donald Trump repeatedly encouraged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to work with his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and U.S. Attorney General William Barr to investigate Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, according to a memorandum about a July phone call between the two leaders released by the White House Wednesday morning. The memo is not verbatim.
“There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that, so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great,” Trump is said to have told Zelensky. “Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it… It sounds horrible to me.”
While President Trump invoked Biden’s name, it was Zelensky who brought Giuliani into the conversation. Trump later said, “Rudy very much knows what’s happening and he is a very capable guy. If you could speak to him that would be great.”
While there is no explicit mention of the withheld aid money during the July 25 phone call, President Trump invoked the country’s financial fortunes after saying “we will get to the bottom of it.”
“Your economy is going to get better and better I predict,” Trump told Zelensky. “You have a lot of assets. It’s a great country. I have many Ukrainian friends, their incredible people.”
The conversation between Trump and Zelensky occurred just one day after special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony on Capitol Hill – a fact Trump clearly had on top of his mind.
“As you saw yesterday, that whole nonsense ended with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Mueller, an incompetent performance, but they say a lot of it started with Ukraine,” Trump said. “Whatever you can do, it’s very important that you do it if that’s possible.”
In response, Zelensky offered support, telling Trump, “Yes it is very important for me and everything that you just mentioned earlier. For me as a President, it is very important and we are open for any future cooperation.”