Trump could give Congress one other Ukraine name transcript
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Chatting with reporters on the South Garden of the White Home, Trump once more defended his controversial July 25 name with Zelensky, earlier than including: “I’ve a second name, which no one knew about, and I suppose they need that decision to be produced as properly. So I had a second name, which truly I imagine got here earlier than that decision. If they need it, I will give it to them. I have never seen it just lately. I perceive they’d prefer it. I’ve no downside giving it to them.”
The decision Trump was referring to occurred on April 21 of this yr, shortly after Zelensky received a landslide victory in Ukraine’s presidential election. On the time, there was no official White Home readout of the decision, however Trump’s then-envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker, posted a tweet in regards to the name.
Volker is considered one of three administration officers, together with Gordon Sondland, Trump’s ambassador to the European Union and Vitality Secretary Rick Perry, who the president directed to hold out back-channel negotiations with the Ukrainian authorities.
In line with each Volker’s and Sondland’s October testimonies, the president instructed them to work carefully together with his private lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.
Beginning in Might of this yr, Volker labored carefully with Giuliani, and was instrumental in organising Trump’s July 25 name with Zelensky, by which Trump requested the Ukrainian president for “a favor.”
The Home investigation was sparked by a whistleblower criticism following that July name.
The probe focuses on whether or not Trump abused the ability of his workplace in his try to strain Ukraine to research a political rival, and in that case, whether or not these actions meet the usual for “excessive crimes and misdemeanors” deserving of impeachment and, probably, removing from workplace.