Trump authorizes release of ‘complete’ transcript of call with Ukraine’s Zelensky

US President Donald Trump said a full transcript of his recent call with the Ukrainian president is to be released, but Democrats continue with calls for impeachment and plan to interview the whistleblower on the incident.

Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he had authorized the release of the “complete, fully declassified and unredacted transcript” of his conversation with Volodymyr Zelensky. In a separate tweet, he said it was a “very friendly and totally appropriate call” and he applied “no pressure” on the Ukrainian leader.

Democrats had been up in arms after a whistleblower complained that Trump had allegedly had an inappropriate call with a foreign leader, who media reported to be Zelensky. The call was apparently related to allegations that Biden threatened to withhold $1 billion in US loan guarantees to Kiev unless the government fired a prosecutor who was investigating an energy company his son Hunter worked for.

Earlier on Tuesday, Trump said that a Republican would be “getting the electric chair” if he did what Biden did. He also denied that his own decision to withhold $400 million in aid to Ukraine had anything to do with Biden. 

Yet, despite the imminent release of the full transcript of the call with Zelensky, Democrats are still not satisfied. US House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, known for his elaborate Russiagate conspiracies, said his panel is in contact with a lawyer representing the whistleblower who may give testimony as early as this week.

ABC News White House reporter tweeted that while Trump is releasing the transcript of the call, Democrats still want to see the exact complaint the whistleblower made.

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