Trump to release transcript of a second call with Zelensky 'probably' Tuesday

Trump says second Ukraine transcript to be released

The committee also must consider whether to summon the witnesses sought by Republicans, who call the impeachment process a sham.

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

Without getting into specifics, Schiff said he won't let the hearings serve as a vehicle to conduct "sham investigations" into the Bidens or the 2016 election. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said three State Department witnesses will appear in two hearings Wednesday and Friday: the US ambassador to Ukraine, Bill Taylor, career department official George Kent and Marie Yovanovitch, the former USA ambassador to Ukraine.

While Vice President Joe Biden was handling global 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. Fox also reported that pursuant to newly-approved rules governing the impeachment inquiry, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Democrats get to decide who testifies before the committee. Trump has denied the claim, saying the call was "perfect".

Before the game's kickoff, the President and first lady Melania Trump received a big cheer as they waved to the crowd at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

On Friday, Trump confirmed to reporters that he had a second call with Zelensky, which occurred in April, and said he was open to releasing the transcript of that call.

Trump's dealings with Ukraine first came under scrutiny after a whistleblower raised alarm over a July conversation between the two presidents.


"I don't want to give credibility to a corrupt witch hunt", Trump said.

In this portion of the call, Mr. Trump said, "Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution, so if you can look into it".

President Donald Trump on Friday said he will release the transcript of another call he had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which took place in April, months before the July call that Democrats utilized to launch their impeachment probe.

There was no hinting around, it was a straight-out trade, two key White House officials told impeachment investigators. In 2018, Biden boasted that he had pressured then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to remove a prosecutor who was investigating a Ukrainian gas company, Burisma, where the former vice president's son held a lucrative board position.

Hill described Bolton as being angry about the administration's political maneuvers, and she told of his efforts to distance himself from them. And the testimony of at least one witness links Trump to the decision to withhold almost $400 million in security aid for Ukraine until that country announced it would pursue the investigations into his political rivals.

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the National Security Council (NSC) director for European affairs who listened in on both calls, testified in the impeachment inquiry on October 29, telling lawmakers that he twice raised concerns about the conversation with the NSC's lead counsel.

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