President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he has authorised the release of his controversial July call to the President of Ukraine. This comes after protest over what might have been campaign fraud connected to the call.
The saga began when a whistleblower complained about the call to the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, Michael Atkinson. The call allegedly had to do with the Ukrainian President providing dirt on Joe Biden in the form of his son’s Ukraine business dealings in exchange for Military aid. As soon as the matter cropped up, the aid was immediately released. Intelligencer retraced the story.
The backlash that followed saw various opinion leaders and the American Democratic Party calling for the release of the transcript of the call. Trump said he would consider releasing the transcript as the Democratic Party hinted of a possible impeachment proceeding even as Republican lawmakers scramble to contain the fallout of the call. Trump made the announcement that he would release the transcript of the call on the side-line of the United Nations General Assembly Meeting. President Trump tweeted:
“I am currently at the United Nations representing our Country, but have authorized the release tomorrow of the complete, fully declassified and unredacted transcript of my phone conversation with President Zelensky of Ukraine… You will see it was a very friendly and totally appropriate call. No pressure and, unlike Joe Biden and his son, NO quid pro quo! This is nothing more than a continuation of the Greatest and most Destructive Witch Hunt of all time!”