Donald Trump says, “there was no pressure whatsoever” when he spoke with Ukraine’s leader about working with Rudy Giuliani and the U.S. attorney general to investigate Democratic political rival, Joe Biden.
The conversation between Trump and Ukraine’s president is just one piece of a whistleblower’s complaint made in mid-August, which forced the White House to agree to release a rough transcript of the call early Wednesday.
The Whistleblower’s complaint is also paramount to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement on Tuesday of an impeachment inquiry against the reality star.
According to the AP, the rough summary transcripts confirm that Trump did repeatedly prod Ukraine’s new leader, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, to work with the U.S. attorney general and lawyer Rudy Giuliani to investigate Presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
“There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that,” Trump said to Ukrainian President Zelenskiy in the July 25th phone call.
Earlier today at the U.N., Trump called the impeachment inquiry, “the single greatest witch hunt in American history,” as he dismissed it and labeled himself as a victim.
Senate Republicans are already vowing to quash any articles of impeachment that pass the House and have warned that Democrats will feel the effects of a political backlash if they go forward with attempts to impeach Trump.⠀⠀⠀
“My response to them is go hard or go home,” said Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over impeachment. “If you want to impeach him, stop talking. Do it. Do it. Go to Amazon, buy a spine, and do it. And let’s get after it.”
Senate Republicans claim that impeachment will boomerang on Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who have tried to strongly resist pressures from the left to impeach Trump for over a year.