Trump offers to release transcript of ‘second call’ with Ukrainian president
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The president had placed an earlier congratulatory call to Zelensky in the hours after his election in April.
President Donald Trump on Friday said he would turn over the transcript of a call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky which proceeded the July conversation between the two leaders that ignited House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.
“I had a second call with the president which actually, I believe, came before this one, and now they all want that one, and if they want it, I’ll give it to them,” Trump told reporters outside the White House, presumably referring to congressional impeachment investigators. “I haven’t seen it recently, but I’ll give it to them.”
The president’s call over the summer with Zelensky — during which Trump pressured his foreign counterpart to investigate unfounded charges of corruption related to former Vice President Joe Biden — was detailed in an explosive whistleblower complaint that sparked Democratic lawmakers’ impeachment probe.
But the president also placed an earlier congratulatory call to Zelensky in the hours after his election on April 21, and although various reporting has stated that Trump raised the issue of Ukrainian corruption, little is publicly known about the details of the discussion.