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On Friday morning, as the second day of public impeachment hearings began, the White House released a summary of a second, earlier conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. While Trump has suggested the document would help clear him in the ongoing impeachment proceedings, it simply showed how eager Zelensky was to meet the American president, which actually could bolster the case that a White House meeting was part of a quid pro quo for the investigations the Trump administration sought from Ukraine.
According to the White House, the conversation between Trump and Zelensky took place on April 21, the day Zelensky was elected, about three months before the July 25 phone call that was flagged by an intelligence community whistleblower.
“I’d like to congratulate you on a job well done, and congratulations on a fantastic election,” Trump said, according to the document released by the White House.
Rep. Devin Nunes, the ranking Republican on the Intelligence Committee, read extensively from the April call record in his opening statement before the testimony of Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.
According to a summary of the July discussion that was released earlier by the White House, Trump urged the Ukrainian president to work with his allies, Attorney General Bill Barr and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, to investigate the dealings of former Vice President Joe Biden in Ukraine. Biden’s son Hunter was on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.
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