In the Oval Office alongside the Australian prime minister, President Donald Trump squarely warned media companies that continue speculating about the whistleblower complaint will have “a big downfall.”
During the press conference on Friday, Sept. 20, the president was asked if he knew if the whistleblower’s complaint centered on his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The president responded, it was “just another political hack job.”
“I have conversations with many leaders. It’s always appropriate,” he said. “At the highest level always appropriate. And anything I do, I fight for this country.”
The Washington Post and The New York Times report that the whistleblower’s complaint involved the president’s call with the Ukrainian president as his lawyer Rudy Giuliani told CNN he pressed Ukraine to investigate Biden without the president’s knowledge.
President Trump later told the Fake News Media to build up the “whistleblower” story “as big as possible” so they “can have a bigger downfall.”
“You’ve had a very bad week, and this will be better than all of them. … So keep playing it up because you’re going to look really bad when it falls,” he added.
The Associated Press reported that President Trump had urged the new leader of Ukraine this summer to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter, who worked for a Ukrainian gas company, citing a person familiar with the matter.
Biden reacted fiercely, saying that if the reports are true, “then there is truly no bottom to President Trump’s willingness to abuse his power and abase our country.” He said the president should disclose the transcript of his July phone conversation with Zelensky “so that the American people can judge for themselves.”
Democrats said the administration is legally required to transmit the whistleblower’s complaint to Congress, and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has said he will go to court in an effort to get it if necessary.
The information “deserves a thorough investigation,” Schiff said. “Come hell or high water, that’s what we’re going to do.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said President Trump “is stepping into a dangerous minefield with serious repercussions” if reports about the complaint are accurate. She said it raises “grave, urgent concerns for our national security.”
Angelo Codevilla, professor emeritus of international relations at Boston University wrote to American Greatness, characterizing the whistleblower’s complaint against the president “shamelessness and ignorance unlimited.”
“The deep state and the media are on the same side of a political scam. They worked together to limit Ronald Reagan and to scare George W. Bush. But their assault on Donald Trump waged from behind the pretense of security is little short of a ‘coup d’état,'” he said.
Includes reporting from the Associated Press