The White House, as a new obstacle for Trump’s impeachment inquiry, attempted to limit access to Trump’s conversations with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
A person familiar with the matter told the outlet that officials who would have usually been given access to a rough transcript were not provided one and that a transcript was never circulated after the call with Mohammed was complete. The source told that the call did not include sensitive national security interests.
Officials tightly restricted access to a transcript for at least one of Trump’s conversations with Putin.
The news came after a declassified whistleblower complaint revealed that the White House sought to bury a transcript of a call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which he pushed Kyiv to open an inquiry into former Vice President Joe Biden, one of Trump’s top political rivals.
According to the complaint, Volker sought to “contain the damage” from Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani’s outreach to Ukraine’s government about the Biden family.
But a July 19 text message from Volker to Giuliani that was provided to Fox News on Thursday showed that Volker had in fact encouraged Giuliani to reach out to Ukraine.
The news published after a declassified whistleblower complaint regarding Trump and said that the White House tried to bury a transcript of a call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which he pushed Kiev to open an inquiry into former Vice President Joe Biden, one of Trump’s top political rivals.
“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 said on the call, according to a memorandum. “Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it… It sounds horrible to me.”
The complaint also stated that a future phone call or meeting between the two presidents “would depend on whether Zelensky showed a willingness to ‘play ball,’” and “multiple White House officials with direct knowledge” of the call expressed concern that Trump was using his office for his personal political gain.
Trump claimed, without any proof, that Biden urged for the sacking of a Ukrainian prosecutor to defend a business that employed his boy. Klimkin told that the prosecutor was sacked for corruption.
A number of Western bodies, including the EU, had pushed for the prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, to be sacked, he said.
Trump faces impeachment proceedings for using his position as president to push the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, to review Joe Biden, who was at the time leading polls to be his Democratic challenger in the 2020 election.
The Democrats published their first Subpoena of the Trump’s impeachment inquiry on Friday – ordering Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to hand over documents by 4 October reporting to the administration’s dealings with the Ukrainian government. previous, it was revealed by US media that the whistleblower whose complaint led to the Trump’s impeachment inquiry was a CIA officer who once worked at the White House.
The Washington Post, citing two unnamed former US officials, said the complaint stemmed from Trump’s communications with Ukraine, and a “promise” allegedly made by the president.
Trump slammed the “ridiculous” story, attacking the “partisan whistleblower,” despite admitting to not knowing the person’s identity.
He insisted he had a “totally appropriate” conversation, without detailing with whom, or what was said, and instead proposed Biden and his son should be investigated for their activities in Ukraine.
Biden responded, asking Trump quickly issue the transcript of the call and saying the reports Trump sought to coerce his Ukrainian counterpart, if true, amounted to “clear-cut corruption.”
Suspicions have focused on a July 25 call between Trump and Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, a former comedian elected in May.
Trump’s Democratic opponents have been probing that call in connection with allegations Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani tried to pressure the Ukrainian administration.
Based on Trump pressed Zelensky about eight times on the call to investigate possible corruption involving Biden’s son Hunter, who worked with a Ukrainian natural gas company.
The process of Trump’s Impeachment Inquiry Is Underway, with Donald Trump plunged into impeachment. However, he has not given up his claim to Joe Biden.
Shortly before the impeachment process of President Donald Trump began, Trump’s lawyers’ efforts to prevent Trump’s impeachment were unsuccessful.