As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump on Tuesday for allegedly withholding an aid for political gain, the president authorised the release of ‘unredacted’ transcript of his conversations with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, reports say.
By releasing the transcript of the July 25 call, Trump wants to disprove allegations by opposition parties that he withheld the nearly $400 million aid to Ukraine to pressure Zelensky to investigate his political rival Joe Biden and his son ahead of presidential election in November next year.
It is not clear whether Pelosi can go ahead with the impeachment plan once the transcript of Trump- Zelensky dialogue is released on Wednesday.
In his tweet, Trump said he has authorised the release of the complete, fully declassified and unredacted transcript of his phone conversation with the Ukaranian president.
Trump called the allegations against him and the impeachment plan the most destructive witch hunt of all time.
Earlier in the day, Trump said he had delayed the aid to Ukraine as he thought America’s European allies too should pay their share.
Trump said he would withhold aid to Ukraine again and again until countries such as Germany, France, the UK and Russia pay. He wondered why only the US is always paying.
Biden was dishonest and corrupt and a Republican would have got an electric chair if he had done what Biden did, Trump said.
While serving as vice-president in 2016, Biden allegedly pressured Kiev to fire a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating a gas company where Hunter was employed.
Biden denied the charge and called it an attempt to malign him and spoil his presidential chances.
Trump said the “fake media” did not bother to report the corruption scandal against Biden and his son. Journalists should have raised questions like how much money Hunter made from Ukraine and China.
The failure to question the Biden family exposed the double standards of a section of media, he said.
The telephonic talk he had with Zelenskiy was “perfect”. Reporters can go through a transcript of his “innocent call” to clear any doubts, he said.
However, it is a bad precedent to release details of calls between heads of nations as they discuss many sensitive subjects of national interest.
Trump said that as president, it is his duty to raise corruption issues with foreign countries since US aid is directly linked to how such money is being utilised by those countries.
In the meantime, Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani accused Ukraine of laundering $3 million to Hunter and wondered how former President Barack Obama allowed it to happen.
Giuliani said he would make four or five disclosures in the coming days on Hunter.