Essentially this is the same place that we were before the release of the Michael Cohen recording of Trump authorizing the hush-money payment to Stormy Daniels.
Congress will begin to ask some oversight questions, considering the actions of Giuliani and Trump in trying to strong-arm Ukraine, as well as the role of the State department in facilitating the contacts for non-government agents like Rudy.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that “it wouldn’t be appropriate” to release a transcript of President Trump‘s call with his Ukrainian counterpart that is reportedly at the center of a whistleblower’s complaint.
Pompeo said on ABC’s “This Week” that the Trump administration publishes transcripts only in unique circumstances.
“Those are private conversations between world leaders, and it wouldn’t be appropriate to do so except in the most extreme circumstances,” Pompeo said.
The secretary of State deferred to the White House when asked why the administration wouldn’t provide the transcript if, as the president said, there was nothing wrong about the conversation.
One thing to add to @RonaldKlain:
Normally trump would just deny he said it. But it feels like he knows (or fears) a third party is in possession of the call transcript and might release it at any moment. It’s why on releasing it he’s not being as flat out blustery as usual. https://t.co/FOUHRbWOmp
— Philippe Reines (@PhilippeReines) September 23, 2019
The United States will go down in human history as a country that impeached a president for lying about a fully consensual affair with an intern but would not impeach a president who, in two separate elections, colluded with a foreign power against a political opponent.
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) September 21, 2019
Donald Trump vs. the United States of America https://t.co/Vf5xVvdCAp
— John Dean (@JohnWDean) September 23, 2019
“And on Thursday, for the third time this week, the Fed pumped billions into the financial markets to push rates lower.”https://t.co/OHM5bOOMbr
— CntryCntr (@CntryCntr) September 23, 2019
Trump has spent twice as much bailing out farmers from a trade war he started than Obama spent bailing out automakers from a recession he didn't start. https://t.co/zOa23vnZfK
— Noah Smith 🐇 (@Noahpinion) September 23, 2019