This is just happening as the impeachment inquiry gets underway.
President Trump has released the second call transcript, which took place in April shortly after Zelensky’s election. It’s not that long, so I’d suggest reading the full thing.
NEW 🚨… as the second impeachment hearing is about to gavel in, the White House released the first convo between trump and Zelensky. Here it is pic.twitter.com/El8dg4EIvU
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) November 15, 2019
This kills one major talking point that we’ve heard from Democrats and that was assumed by some like Bill Taylor in their testimonies.
In his first conversation with Zelensky, Trump invited him to visit the WH, so there goes the Democrat talking point that Trump was dangling a WH meeting as leverage to get Zelensky to investigate its meddling in our 2016 elections. https://t.co/aKwC4Hm00j
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) November 15, 2019
Looking at some of the responses I’m seeing, the major push-back appears to be that it’s once again a memorandum (which is 100% normal) and that the incriminating parts are cut out. That’s conspiratorial nonsense given that others were on the call and would immediately speak out if the transcript weren’t accurate.
Meanwhile, this is a pretty funny line from the call.
“I agree with you about your country, and I look forward to it. When I owned Miss Universe, they always had great people. Ukraine was always well represented.”
I’ll end with this relevant bit of snark from John Hayward.
I'm withholding judgement until I get some third-hand hearsay about the call plus expert opinions from career Democrats who think they should be running foreign policy instead of the White House https://t.co/PrLVCPdRDm
— John Hayward (@Doc_0) November 15, 2019
I missed this at first, but this is another major, major Democratic allegation that just went up in flames.
Here's a key detail:
In her deposition, Yovanovitch and Schiff speculated that President Trump and President Zelensky had discussed her on this call and "bash[ed]" her
But as the transcript shows, Yovanovitch was not discussed pic.twitter.com/uYNWBrqJnS
— Zach Parkinson (@AZachParkinson) November 15, 2019
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