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AP FACT CHECK: Trump's flawed 'read the transcript' defense


Added 11-11-19 05:11:02am EST - “Heading into public hearings this week, people have read the transcript , and that's why President Donald Trump has an impeachment problem. The whistleblower, the rough transcript of the July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukraine's…” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “AP FACT CHECK: Trump's flawed 'read the transcript' defense”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Heading into public hearings this week, people have read the transcript , and that's why President Donald Trump has an impeachment problem.

The whistleblower, the rough transcript of the July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukraine's leader, and the words of a succession of career civil servants and Trump political appointees brought before Congress are largely in sync.

Together they have stitched an account that shows Trump pressing for a political favor from a foreign leader and, as key testimony has it, conditioning military aid on getting what he wanted.

Trump's defense, as the House prepares to open its hearings Wednesday on the matter, has been to point to his own problematic words in the Ukraine phone call, declare them to be exonerating, and repeat.

In the face of abundant evidence that the whistleblower remains engaged, Trump suggests the whistleblower has skulked away. Political loyalists who tried to do Trump's bidding with Ukraine are lumped with career diplomats as "Never Trumpers."

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