President Trump: The conversation I had was largely congratulatory, was largely corruption

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The acting director of national intelligence declined to provide an opposing view. Comments on Sunday by President Donald Trump, members of his administration and his lawyer:

President Trump, to reporters on the White House lawn: “The conversation I had (with Ukraine’s new president) was largely congratulatory, was largely corruption, all of the corruption taking place. It was largely the fact that we don’t want our people, like Vice President (Joe) Biden and his son creating to the corruption already in the Ukraine. ... I said absolutely nothing wrong; it was perfect. ... There was no quid pro quo, there was nothing.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, ABC News’  “This Week”:  “I think I saw a statement from the Ukrainian foreign minister (Saturday), said there was no pressure applied in the course of the conversation. I do think if Vice President Biden behaved inappropriately, if he was protecting his son and intervened with the Ukrainian leadership in a way that was corrupt, I do think we need to get to the bottom of that ... We don’t release transcripts (of calls with foreign leaders) very often. It’s the rare case. Those are private conversations between world leaders, and it wouldn’t be appropriate to do so except in the most extreme circumstances. There’s no evidence that that would be appropriate here at this point.”

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, NBC News’  “Meet the Press”:  “I wasn’t on this call, but I’ve been on many calls with world leaders. So first of all, there are multiple people on these calls. I think it would be highly inappropriate to release a transcript of a call between two world leaders. And I think the bigger story here is really what went on with Biden and his son.”

Rudy Giuliani, Trump personal attorney,  “Fox News Sunday”:  “I went there (Ukraine) as a lawyer defending his client. ... I got a nice straight case of Ukrainian collusion, and the minute I say ‘Biden,’ that Washington press corps is going to go nuts. They’ve been covering it up for years. ... This is going to get bigger and bigger. And everything I say, I can prove.”

President Donald Trump on Sept. 22, 2019.

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