Oct 22, 2019 - Politics & Policy

McConnell denies Trump claim that he called Ukraine call "innocent"

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., conducts a news conference after the Senate Policy luncheons in the Capitol on Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Mitch McConnell conducts a news conferencein the Capitol on Tuesday. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he hadn't spoken with President Trump about the memorandum of his July phone call with Ukraine's leader that's at the center of the impeachment inquiry. That's despite Trump quoting McConnell on Oct. 3 as saying, "That was the most innocent phone call that I’ve read."

Why it matters: Trump made clear to reporters that he had spoken with McConnell, but the Senate majority leader said, "We have not had any conversations on this subject."

Flashback: White House records show Trump told reporters, "I read Mitch McConnell’s statement yesterday, and he read my phone call. And, as you know, he put out a statement that said that was the most innocent phone call he’s read. And I spoke to him about it, too."

"He read my phone call with the President of Ukraine.  Mitch McConnell — he said, 'That was the most innocent phone call that I’ve read.' I mean, give me a break."
— White House records of Trump's Oct. 3 remarks to reporters

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