Trump: I was asking Zelensky to help America, not me
It depends upon what the meaning of the word “us” is .
As the impeachment inquiries against President Donald Trump rocket forward, Trump tried Wednesday night to reframe the context of the phone call that sparked House Democrats’ impeachment investigation. Rather than asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to dig up dirt on his domestic political rivals, Trump claimed that he had asked Zelensky to somehow help the nation as a whole.
“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.
Trump’s tweet revealed his simmering frustration with the impeachment process, which House Democrats aim to conclude by the end of the month. The House Judiciary Committee began its public impeachment hearings Wednesday, piggy-backing off the explosive hearings and report by the House Intelligence Committee. Even during his trip to London for a NATO summit, Trump couldn’t find respite, as world leaders appeared to mock him behind his back.
During the July 25 phone call between the two heads of state, Trump asked Zelensky to “do us a favor” by cooperating with Attorney General William Barr and launching an investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s family. Though Trump claimed Wednesday that it was part of a request to assist the United States, House Democrats and numerous officials within the administration found it was personally politically driven.
Trump has repeatedly called his conversation with Zelensky a “perfect” phone call, and his team has argued that the ask was part of an anti-corruption investigation…….read more