Over the weekend, Donald Trump announced that the White House will “most likely” release a transcript of a second phone call with the president of Ukraine that was made before his July 25 controversial call.
Reportedly the second call to President Zelensky took place months before his controversial July 25 call. This transcript, if released, is from a phone conversation with President Zelensky that was made back in early April. Trump stated that he “may” release the transcript on Tuesday.
“They want to have a transcript of the other call, the second call, and I’m willing to provide that,” Trump told reporters Saturday at the Joint Base Andrews before he boarded Air Force One.
Trump reportedly spoke by phone with President Volodymyr Zelensky for the first time back in April.
Back in September the White House released a rough transcript of the July 25 call after a whistleblower complaint alleged that Trump asked Zelensky to open an investigation into his political rival Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. Trump has adamantly denied any wrongdoing.
Trump is calling the April phone call with Zelensky “very important.”
“You’ll read the second call, and you’ll tell me if there’s anything wrong with it,” Trump said.
Trump added that he does not care if the ongoing impeachment inquiry is behind closed doors or public, because “they shouldn’t be happening at all.”
“There shouldn’t be anything. There shouldn’t be impeachment hearings,” he stated. He also called the testimony so far “all third-hand knowledge.”
Since witnesses began giving testimony in the Democrat’s impeachment inquiry Trump has dismissed the importance of the witnesses. So far, several witnesses have stated that it is their belief that there was a quid pro quo when Trump withheld nearly $400 million in military aid to pressure President Zelensky into opening an investigation into the Biden family.