In response to the growing controversy about the phone call between United States President Donald Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, the Trump administration released that transcript of the conversation. As with many of the controversies about Donald Trump, these transcripts are being celebrated on both sides. The Democrats see these transcripts as obvious evidence of his guilt, while Republicans see them as obvious evidence of his innocence.
In the transcript, Trump asked the Ukrainian president to use his resources to look into Hunter Biden’s business in the country. Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son, was reportedly on the board of a Ukrainian natural gas company, collecting roughly $50,000 each month for an undisclosed position.
It is important to note that according to the United States Justice Department, this is not a full transcript of the conversation, but rather a record of the notes and recollections from officers and National Security Council policy staff who were “assigned to listen and memorialize the conversation in written form.”
Trump reportedly told Zelensky that “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. So whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it…It sounds horrible to me.”
The call in question ironically took place the day after Robert Mueller testified before Congress in relation to the election interference investigation in which Russia was implicated. Despite the fact that Trump has been accused of being a Russian agent throughout the course of his term in office, he promised the Ukrainian President that he would continue to press for increased sanctions on Russia.
Donald Trump called the case against him a witch hunt, at a joint press conference that he held with the Ukrainian president. Zelensky said that he received no pressure from Trump.
“Nobody pushed me,” Zelensky said.
Justice Department spokesperson Kerri Kupec said that the Justice Department had determined that “there was no campaign finance violation and that no further action was warranted,” in a statement this week.
“In August, the Department of Justice was referred a matter relating to a letter the director national intelligence had received from the inspector general for the intelligence community regarding a purported whistleblower complaint. The inspector general’s letter cited a conversation between the president and Ukrainian President Zelensky as a potential violation of federal campaign finance law, while acknowledging that neither the inspector general nor the complainant had firsthand knowledge of the conversation,” Kupec said.
The president of the United States has betrayed our country.
That’s not a political statement—it’s a harsh reality, and we must act.
He is a clear and present danger to the things that keep us strong and free.
I support impeachment.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 25, 2019
Hillary Clinton responded to the news on Wednesday, saying that the president betrayed the United States and that he was a danger to the country. She then announced that she supported impeachment, which likely didn’t suprise anyone, as she has been a bitter rival of Trump since the election.
Clinton also seemed to suggest that the threat to withold military aid from Ukraine could have also been some sort of favor for Putin. However, this seems unlikely considering that sanctions against Russia were discussed on that phone call, and actually have continued to be a major part of the US government’s current foreign policy.
Out of everything that Trump has been accused of his he has been in office, the Democrats will finally move for impeachment to protect the Biden family. As a result of his recent scandal, Trump could be facing impeachment. This week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump.