Republicans Compile Anti-Impeachment Talking Points Ahead Of Public Hearings

Republicans Compile Anti-Impeachment Talking Points Ahead Of Public Hearings

Republicans Compile Anti-Impeachment Talking Points Ahead Of Public Hearings

In a surprise move regarding his impeachment proceedings, US President Donald Trump has said that he might release the transcript of the conversation over a phone call between him and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

It isn't clear if this release has been accepted by the Ukrainians, though Secretary of State Mike Pompeo secured permission to release the transcript of the call that sparked the current impeachment inquiry. President Zelensky has been a supporter of President Trump's since before he was elected.

"To appropriately understand the events in question-and most importantly, assess the President's state of mind during his interaction with President Zelensky-context is necessary", the memo, first obtained by CNN, reads.

He said on Twitter on Monday evening, however, that he would be releasing it "sometime this week", adding: "I am sure you will find it tantalizing!"

A July 25 phone call between Trump and Zelenskiy is at the nexus of the investigation that is determining whether the US president prodded his counterpart into probing a political rival whom he might face in next year's presidential election.

On Tuesday, a day before the first public hearings into the impeachment inquiry, the president also fired off a series of tweets about "Never Trumpers".

A National Security Council official assigned to the White House, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, has testified that the first Trump-Zelenskiy call on April 21 "was actually a very good call".

That call prompted a whistleblower complaint that led Democrats to launch the probe in September into whether Trump abused his power by withholding almost $400 million in security assistance to Ukraine to pressure the vulnerable U.S. ally. "I do recall reviewing that transcript".

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