President Donald Trump on Wednesday, Dec. 04, defended his phone call to the Ukrainian leader in July in order to help the country as a whole, asking Democrats to apologize to American people.
“When I said, in my phone call to the President of Ukraine, ‘I would like you to do US a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it.’ With the word ‘us’ I am referring to the United States, our Country,” Trump tweeted.
During the July 25 phone call, Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to “do us a favor” by cooperating with Attorney General William Barr and discussing an investigation into Joe Biden’s family.
“I then went on to say that “I would like to have the Attorney General (of the United States) call you or your people…..” This, based on what I have seen, is their big point—and it is no point at all (except for a big win for me!)”
“I would like to have the Attorney General (of the United States) call you or your people…..” This, based on what I have seen, is their big point – and it is no point at a all (except for a big win for me!). The Democrats should apologize to the American people!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 5, 2019
“The Democrats should apologize to the American people!” Trump added.
The report from Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee claimed that the president’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine is “significant misconduct.”
“The evidence that we have found is really quite overwhelming that the president used the power of his office to secure political favors and abuse the trust American people put in him and jeopardize our security,” Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), said.
In response, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said, “Chairman Schiff and the Democrats utterly failed to produce any evidence of wrongdoing by President Trump.” She said the report “reads like the ramblings of a basement blogger straining to prove something when there is evidence of nothing.”
President Trump has repeatedly called his conversation with Zelenskiy a “perfect” phone call, and explained that the ask was part of an anti-corruption investigation.
“Are we going to be sending massive amounts of money to a country and they’re corrupt and they steal the money and that goes into everybody’s bank account?” Trump said on “Fox and Friends” on Nov. 22.
The president said House Democrats found no concrete evidence and called House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) a “deranged human being” during the NATO summit.
Republicans also defended the president in their own 123-page rebuttal, saying Trump never intended to pressure Ukraine when he asked for a “favor”—investigations of Democrats and Joe Biden. They said the military aid the White House was withholding was not being used as leverage, as Democrats claimed—and besides, the $400 million was ultimately released. Democrats, they asserted, just want to undo the 2016 election.
House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy called on Democrats to end the impeachment “nightmare.” He said, “They’re concerned if they do not impeach this president they can’t beat him in an election.”
During the hearing at the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) said the hearings are a complete waste of time and a sham impeachment.
“All day long, we’ve been sitting here and listening to my friends across the aisle and their witnesses claim that the president demanded Ukraine do us a favor. This is, like everything else in this sham impeachment, purposefully misleading and not based on the facts,” Armstrong explained.
“I’ve done criminal defense for over a decade and I would be more than comfortable defending this case. You don’t find a crime to fit the conduct. You find conduct to fit the crime and the Democrats are doing it backward. And I think the American people see that,” Armstrong said.
He added three facts via a tweet.
Today has been like everything else in the sham impeachment – purposely misleading and not based on the facts. The facts:
➡️ No mention of 2020 or military aid on the call.
➡️ Pres. Zelenskiy has said 3 times there was no quid pro quo and no pressure.
➡️ The aid was released. pic.twitter.com/0EJx8Pug9l
— Congressman Kelly Armstrong (@RepArmstrongND) December 4, 2019