WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump said that he is ready to provide Congress with a transcript of the second telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky.
“I had a second conversation with the President (of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky), which I think was actually the first, and now they (Trump’s opponents in Congress) want to see it, if they want it, I will provide it to them,” Trump told reporters at the White House. Later in the course of communication with journalists, trump somewhat changed his categorical tone, adding: “Maybe I will.”
“I think it will be a very revealing call,” the US President said.
“I have no problem with it, I will give it to them,” Trump said while noting that he considers the publication of transcripts of his conversations with foreign leaders “a bad precedent.”
A telephone conversation between the presidents of Ukraine and the United States in July was at the center of a scandal that led to the beginning of the process of impeachment of Trump by Democrats. Democrats say that Trump pressured Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, demanding for their political purposes, the investigation against Joe Biden, who achieved the dismissal of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Viktor Shokin. Shokin before his dismissal led the case of the company Burisma, on the Board of Directors of which Biden’s son Hunter worked. Trump circulated a transcript of the conversation with Zelensky, which suggests that he did ask the President of Ukraine to “study” the Biden case. At the same time, Trump says that he did nothing illegal and only fulfilled his duty to fight corruption.