President Donald Trump has shown a summary of his first phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to a group of Senate Republicans, Politico reported, citing three sources familiar with the matter.
These Republicans joined the president in a lunch on Thursday afternoon, Nov. 14. They included Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, Mike Crapo of Idaho, Ted Cruz of Texas, Steve Daines of Montana, Deb Fischer of Nebraska, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Mike Enzi of Wyoming, and Jerry Moran of Kansas.
President Trump revealed his call’s account to the Republicans in advance of releasing the transcript this week.
In a tweet on Monday, President Trump said the transcript of his first conversation with President Zelenskiy in April is to be released sometime this week and it would be “tantalizing.”
“In order to continue being the most Transparent President in history, I will be releasing sometime this week the Transcript of the first, and therefore most important, phone call I had with the President of Ukraine. I am sure you will find it tantalizing!” he wrote.
President Trump indicated last week that he was open to publicly releasing the transcript of his April 21 call, the first conversation with Zelenskiy shortly after he was elected as president of Ukraine.
The call preceded the July 25 phone conversation in which President Trump mentioned the corruption situation in Ukraine and asked if Zelenskiy could “look into” allegations of wrongdoing against former Vice President Joe Biden and his son’s business dealings.
An anonymous whistleblower filed a complaint on Aug. 12 alleging that President Trump pressured Zelenskiy to investigate the Bidens, which sparks House Democrats to begin an impeachment inquiry into the president.
The new transcript is expected to help President Trump defy the Democrats’ probe as they are summoning witnesses for their public impeachment hearings.