In a short video released by CBS News on Tuesday, Oct. 22, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was seen responding to a CBS reporter on President Trump’s July phone call with the Ukrainian president.
“The president had said that you told him that his phone call with the Ukrainian president was perfect and innocent. Do you believe that the president has handled the U.S. relationship with Ukraine “perfectly?” the reporter asked.
McConnell interrupted: “You’d have to ask him. I don’t recall any conversations with the president about that phone call.”
President Trump told reporters on Oct. 3, at the White House that he had spoken to McConnell about the phone call.
“I read Mitch McConnell’s statement yesterday, and he read my phone call. And, as you know, he put out a statement that said that was the most innocent phone call he’s read. And I spoke to him about it, too,” President Trump said at the time. “He read my phone call with the president of Ukraine. Mitch McConnell, he said, ‘That was the most innocent phone call that I’ve read.’ I mean, give me a break.”
It’s not clear whether McConnell and Trump have discussed the Ukraine controversy, but according to the POLITICO, last month, on a Wednesday evening, McConnell dismissed criticism of the readout of Trump’s call with the Ukrainian president and said it is “laughable to think this is anywhere close to an impeachable offense.”
“I’ve read the summary of the call. If this is the ‘launching point’ for House Democrats’ impeachment process, they’ve already overplayed their hand. It’s clear there is no quid pro quo that the Democrats were desperately praying for,” McConnell said in a statement for this story.