Sep 24, 2019

Trump says he authorized release of transcript of call with Ukrainian president

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President Trump tweeted Tuesday that he would authorize the release of the transcript of the phone call he had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25 in which he discussed Joe Biden and his son.

"I am currently at the United Nations representing our Country, but have authorized the release tomorrow of the complete, fully declassified and unredacted transcript of my phone conversation with President Zelensky of Ukraine. You will see it was a very friendly and totally appropriate call. No pressure and, unlike Joe Biden and his son, NO quid pro quo! This is nothing more than a continuation of the Greatest and most Destructive Witch Hunt of all time!"

Why it matters: The announcement comes as House Democrats are quickly coming together toward opening a formal impeachment inquiry over allegations that Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate Biden.

  • Some Democrats are worried that the transcript will be treated as a replacement for releasing the full whistleblower complaint — which reportedly involves a series of events beyond just the call — that allegedly involves Trump and Ukraine.

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Trump to meet Ukraine's Zelensky at UN amid impeachment frenzy

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President Trump is set to meet face to face with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine for the first time today at the UN General Assembly — right as the House is launching an impeachment inquiry around his July phone call with Zelensky.

What to watch: A senior White House official told reporters Trump will congratulate Zelensky on his election win and his “energy and success” so far on anti-corruption reforms. Trump will also raise trade and “his concerns about what he sees as some predatory Chinese economic activity in Ukraine,” the official said.

Go deeperArrowSep 25, 2019

Trump-Ukraine scandal: The key players, dates and documents

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The House's impeachment inquiry has been driven forward by new disclosures of what exactly President Trump wanted the government of Ukraine to do — revealed in 3 key documents, but nonetheless distorted and disputed along the way.

We've gathered the key players, events and disclosures of the Trump-Ukraine saga in one place to clear up what's happened so far and examine where we go from here.

Go deeperArrowOct 8, 2019

Trump vents frustration that Ukraine drama overshadowed UN trip

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President Trump concluded his visit to the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday by slamming Democrats and the press for undermining him on the world stage by focusing their attention on his communications with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

What he’s saying: Trump suggested House Democrats were faking their outrage over his request that Ukraine investigate alleged "corruption" by Joe Biden and his son Hunter, saying Reps. Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler “must laugh their asses off” in private after denouncing him on camera. Repeatedly describing his conversation with Zelensky as “perfect,” Trump asked, “Impeachment for that?”

Go deeperArrowSep 25, 2019