White House releases transcripts of phone call with Ukraine

by Jordyn Pair · Nov 15th, 2019 1:59 pm
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Last Updated Nov 20th, 2019 at 3:43 pm

The White House released a transcript on Friday of President Trump’s phone calls with the Ukranian president.

The call, which took place on April 21, was a congratulatory call between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, where Trump commended Zelensky “on a job well done” and on “a fantastic election.”

“Good to hear from you,” Zelensky replied. “Thank you so very much. It’s very nice to hear from you, and I appreciate the congratulations.”

Trump: “That was an incredible election.”

Zelensky: “Again, thank you so very much. As you can see, we tried very hard to do our best. We had you as a great example.”

Trump: “I think you will do a great job. I have many friends in Ukriane who you know and like you. I have many friends from Ukraine and they think — frankly — expected you to win. And it’s really an amazing thing that you’ve done.”

The conversation lasted six minutes, the White House said.

The two leaders also had a call on July 25, where Trump asked Zelenksy to do a “favor” of investigating a company that had probed hacking of the Democratic National Committee, as well as investigate former vice president Joe Biden.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said Trump “took the unprecedented steps to declassify and release the transcripts of both of his phone calls with President Zelensky so that every American can see he did nothing wrong.”

Devin Nunes, the ranking Republican on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, read the full transcript on Friday at the beginning of the second public impeachment hearing.

Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said he was “grateful” the transcript was released, but also called for the release of all documents Congress requested related to the inquiry.

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