This Friday, the White House released a transcript of President Trump’s first phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
According to the readout of the call that was given to reporters back in April, the White House claimed that among other things, Trump “expressed his commitment” to “root out corruption” in the country.
But upon the release of the rough transcript this Friday, various reporters noted that there is no mention of rooting out corruption as the White House claimed back in April.
This seems notable. There's no mention of combatting corruption in the first transcript of Trump's call with Zelensky, despite the White House telling reporters in an April readout that rooting out corruption was discussed. I've asked the White House to explain the discrepancy.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) November 15, 2019
As @kaitlancollins noted, the document the White House released today does not match its official "readout" of the April call.
The readout, below, said Trump talked about rooting out corruption and supporting Ukraine's sovereignty. The document shows no mention of either. pic.twitter.com/hC4n6Cgmd4
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) November 15, 2019
The readout of Trump’s April call with Zelensky said Trump “expressed his commitment to … root out corruption.”
There is no reference to corruption in the rough transcript of the call released by the White House today. pic.twitter.com/HsP3p0r3bV
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) November 15, 2019
Here are 7 embarrassing arguments Republicans have tried to use to defend Trump
With the Senate impeachment trial in full swing, Republicans have launched an aggressive if scattershot campaign to defend President Donald Trump and discredit the Democrats’ case.
It’s not going well. Multiple recent polls have found that a majority of the country thinks Trump should be removed from office and many more think he has done something seriously wrong, even if they think he should remain in the White House until the next election.
While the Democrats have unleashed a torrent of facts and compelling arguments for the charges that Trump abused his power and obstructed Congress, Republican replies have been all over the map. Many of their arguments are completely beside the point of the case, and the sheer weakness of their defenses is an embarrassment to the party.
Trump’s legal team is going to be ‘scrambling’ to respond to the Democrats’ case: Law professor
ABC News contributor and law professor Kate Shaw, who served in the Obama White House, said Thursday that President Donald Trump’s lawyers are going to be “scrambling” to respond to the impeachment case Democrats are putting forward in the Senate.
“I think they’re trying to figure out how to respond to what was a pretty powerful presentation today, in particular by Chairman [Jerry] Nadler, on the Constitution and the law,” she said of the Trump legal team. “He cites founding documents; the previous impeachments, both presidential and judicial impeachments, scholarly consensus, consensus by a lot of players, right? All the constitutional law professors who testified in the House, and then, of course, many members of the president’s team, all seem to say abuse of power is under some circumstances enough to warrant impeachment and removal.”
Genocide expert breaks down how all of the ‘warning signs’ are present in Trump’s America
Defense research scientist and genocide expert Brynn Tannehill laid out a terrifying warning on Thursday about President Donald Trump's administration.
As the United States Senate conducted an impeachment trial for the commander-in-chief, Tannehill posted an extended Twitter thread examining the situation in America from her perspective as a researcher studying the conditions that lead to genocide.
Here is what she wrote:
I study genocide. It's been a theme in my academic endeavours for nearly 30 years. More accurately, I study the conditions in the lead up to genocide, be they cultural, social, political, economic, etc... 1/n