WASHINGTON– President Donald Trump on Tuesday ordered released the transcript of a July phone call with the Ukrainian president over allegations he sought foreign assistance to smear Democratic rival, Joe Biden.
“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,” Trump said in a released statement. “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!”
The president’s decision to release the transcript comes after an unidentified “whistle-blower” who complained to authorities about the call asked to testify before Congress on the matter.
The move is seen by many political analysts as a move by Trump to disprove the growing allegations that he colluded with foreign agents to obtain dirt on Biden. The scandal has led to increased calls from House Democrats to begin impeachment proceedings.
Also Tuesday, Trump confirmed that he withheld military aid from Ukraine, but said he did so over his concerns that the United States was contributing more to Ukraine than European countries were and that it had nothing to do with any sort of bribery in exchange for dirt on Biden.
“My complaint has always been, and I’d withhold again and I’ll continue to withhold until such time as Europe and other nations contribute to Ukraine because they’re not doing it,” Trump told reporters at the United Nations General Assembly.
Biden is scheduled to address media on the matter Tuesday. A spokesperson for Biden’s presidential campaign said that he would back impeaching Trump if the White House refuses to comply with congressional demands for information surrounding his interactions with Zelensky.
The full, unredacted transcript is expected to be released by end of day Wednesday.