President Trump has now promised to release a full, unredacted transcript of his July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
After nearly a week of the media running with the story that Trump supposedly pressured Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s alleged use of his influence to have Zelensky fire a prosecutor who was investigating his son’s business dealings based on the testimony of a whistleblower with no first-hand knowledge of the phone call that took place, the president has decided to settle the matter once and for all by promising to release the transcripts on Wednesday.
“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 tweeted on Tuesday.
“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 concluded.
The president’s promise comes just days after it was revealed that the supposed whistleblower had no intimate knowledge of the phone call that took place. On Sunday, President Trump also revealed that the Ukrainian government rebuked the charge that he pressured the country to investigate Hunter Biden’s business dealings.
“Now the Fake News Media says I ‘pressured the Ukrainian President at least [eight] times during my telephone call with him,'” Trump tweeted on Sunday night. “This supposedly comes from a so-called ‘whistleblower’ who they say doesn’t even have a first hand account of what was said. More Democrat/Crooked Media con.”
“Breaking News: The Ukrainian Government just said they weren’t pressured at all during the ‘nice’ call,” Trump continued on Twitter. “Sleepy Joe Biden, on the other hand, forced a tough prosecutor out from investigating his son’s company by threat of not giving big dollars to Ukraine. That’s the real story!”
The media have done everything in their power thus far to promote this alleged scandal. Former Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein even went so far as to compare it to Watergate.
“If the reporting of Shane Harris and The Wall Street Journal is accurate, and it seems to be, it clearly moved toward a grievous abuse of power by the president of the United States,” Bernstein said, as reported by Fox News. “I keep getting asked, ‘Are there echoes of Watergate in this?’ There are in the following ways. Watergate was very much an attempt by Richard Nixon to undermine the Democratic electoral process.”
Bernstein went on to say that Nixon simultaneously used “political espionage and sabotage” to undermine a strong Democratic candidate like Edmund Muskie in order to face off against the weaker George McGovern in the 1972 election.
“Something of the same thing seems to be happening here where Biden, who Trump and his people have said they fear the most, in terms of being an opponent, has been the object of these, perhaps, dirty tricks,” Bernstein continued. “One thing Nixon never did was engage a foreign power to investigate a candidate running for office in the United States. It is a grievous offense if this is what happened.”