Trump Could Release Second Ukraine Transcript This Week

President Donald Trump said on Saturday that the White House would probably release a transcript of a second call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Tuesday, Reuters writes.

“We have another transcript coming out which is very important,” Trump told reporters at Joint Base Andrews before leaving for a visit to Tuscaloosa, Alabama. “I will give you a second transcript, because I had two calls with the president of Ukraine.”

Trump said the second transcript would probably be released on Tuesday. The President said he first spoke with Zelensky in April, but his communication with the Ukrainian in July has so far been the focus of House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, CNN noted.

In September, the White House released a rough transcript of that July 25 call following a whistleblower complaint that alleged Trump solicited “interference” from a foreign country to help his 2020 presidential campaign. Trump has denied doing anything improper.

On Saturday, the President called the April call transcript “very important”.

“You’ll read the second call, and you’ll tell me if there’s anything wrong with it,” he said. The call took place months before the July conversation at the center of the impeachment inquiry.

Trump also claimed that he doesn’t care if congressional impeachment proceedings are behind closed doors or in public because, he said, they shouldn’t be happening at all.

“There shouldn’t be anything. There shouldn’t be impeachment hearings,” he said, also calling the testimony so far “all third-hand knowledge”.

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