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Politics Trump open to releasing summary of second call with Ukraine president Zelensky

18:40  08 november  2019
18:40  08 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Friday he may release the summary of a second phone call with Volodymyr Zelensky that House Democrats have "We are ready to open a new page on cooperation in relations between the United States and Ukraine ," Zelensky said in response.

More: Trump administration releases details of call with Ukrainian President Zelenskiy amid impeachment inquiry. He went on to ask Zelensky to look into "We are ready to open a new page on cooperation in relations between the United States and Ukraine ," Zelensky said in his response.

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Friday he may release the summary of a second phone call with Volodymyr Zelensky that House Democrats have sought as part of their impeachment inquiry.

Trump took the unusual step in September of releasing a summary of a July 25 call with the Ukrainian president at the center of a whistleblower’s report that alleged the president pressured Ukraine to dig up dirt on Democrat Joe Biden.

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WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday released a memorandum of an April telephone conversation he had with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine that differed from a summary of the call released by the White House months ago.

But that summary, which the president describes as a “transcript” but is a not a verbatim record of the call, has only added fuel to Democratic assertions that Trump abused the power of his office by withholding financial aid approved by Congress to Ukraine as a way to force the country to chip in with investigations of his opponents.

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Now, lawmakers are interested in a separate April 21 phone call between Trump and Zelensky that took place soon after the Ukrainian leader was elected.

"If they want it, I'll give it to them," Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the second phone call. "I have no problem giving it to them."

Trump said he doesn't like releasing the phone call summaries, because "it’s such a bad precedent.” Releasing the details of calls with foreign leaders could make it harder for his and future administrations to conduct foreign diplomacy. But Trump has argued the summaries demonstrate he's done nothing wrong in his exchanges with Ukraine.

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Here Summary of a controversial phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine 's president in which Trump asked his counterpart to look into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden was released . The release came a day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

President Trump says he had another call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky prior to July 25 and that he is considering releasing a summary of that call . He also denies asking Attorney General William Barr to investigate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

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Democrats have focused on one particular exchange in the initial summary in which Trump asked Zelensky for a favor after an extensive conversation about U.S. aid.

"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," Trump said.

Trump goes on to ask Zelensky to look into details about a company that investigated hacking of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 election.

"We are ready to open a new page on cooperation in relations between the United States and Ukraine," Zelensky said in response.

John Fritze and David Jackson cover the White House. Reach them @jfritze and @djusatoday.

Contributing: Jeanine Santucci

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Trump open to releasing summary of second call with Ukraine president Zelensky

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House Democrats on Saturday released a pair of witness transcripts guiding their impeachment investigation, opening the latest window into the closed-door interviews that have dominated their examination of President Trump's dealings with Ukraine. Tim Morrison, a top aide at the National Security Council (NSC), had testified on Oct. 31, while Jennifer Williams, a career foreign service officer and top Pence advisor, had testified on Nov. 7. Morrison told impeachment investigators about concerns that Trump withheld U.S. aid to Ukraine in order to secure commitments from the country's leaders to investigate the president's political rivals.

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