Trump says second Ukraine transcript to be released

Evarado Alatorre
Noviembre 10, 2019

The Ohio congressman is now the ranking Republican on the House Oversight Committee and has attended most of the closed-door impeachment hearings so far, but as a member of the Intelligence Committee he will be able to question witnesses.

President Donald Trump said he will release the transcript of another phone call with the President of Ukraine "probably" on Tuesday - this communication having taken place in April before the July conversation at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.

Investigators enter a new phase next week when they begin publicly questioning witnesses after weeks of closed-door testimony.

FILE - Then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter are pictured at a college basketball game in Washington, Jan. 30, 2010. Some have stated their belief there was a quid pro quo, with the Trump administration requiring the Ukrainian government to open investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, in exchange for USA military assistance.

The GOP also requested Nellie Ohr, a former Fusion GPS contractor, and Alexandra Chalupa, a former Democratic National Committee staffer, signaling that Republicans still want to focus on unsubstantiated claims related to the 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump's comments came hours after House Democrats released new transcripts from two national security officials who testified last month behind closed doors about the president, offering new details beyond what had previously been disclosed.

Trump asked Zelensky on the call to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden's effort to oust a Ukraine prosecutor who was targeting the Burisma Holdings gas company, which employed Hunter Biden for a hefty salary.

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On Saturday, Trump said the April call is "very important", CNN reported.

Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff (D-CA) speaks during a media briefing after a House vote approving rules for an impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., October 31, 2019.

While Vice President Joe Biden was handling worldwide relations with Ukraine on behalf of the Obama administration, his son, Hunter, was being paid $50,000 a month to sit on the board of a Ukrainian gas company, despite having no natural energy experience.

Democrats plan to open the public hearings on Wednesday with testimony from acting Ukraine Ambassador Bill Taylor, who said in a closed-door deposition that he believed President Trump was withholding critical security aid from Ukraine in order to get Ukrainian government officials to investigate Biden and the Democrats.

Kent said the words Trump wanted to hear from Zelenskiy were relayed to Kent by others in the administration who dealt directly with Trump.

Trump has described his telephone call with Zelenskiy as "perfect", and has accused Democrats of conducting a witch hunt, calling the impeachment inquiry a hoax.

The president fiercely denies seeking any quid pro quo with Ukraine.

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