In Attempt To Manipulate Public, Trump Claims He'll Release Ukraine 'Transcript'
Today at the United Nations, President Donald Trump claimed that he would release the transcript of his phone call with Ukraine's president.
Here is why the release of this document is woefully insufficient: the controversy is not merely about the call's transcript, it is also about the whistleblower's complaint, and possibly other evidence as Ryan Goodman, a law professor at New York University, makes clear.
Ryan Goodman on Twitter
“POTUS says will release #Ukrainegate phone call transcript 1. That transcript is only one part of whistleblower complaint 2. Complaint includes "series of events" (NYT, CNN) 3. Statute requires Congress to receive the complaint, not just this transcript 50 USC 3033”
Rep. Jennifer Wexton on Twitter
“The law does not say that you will release a transcript of a conversation—the law says that your administration SHALL provide Congress the full whistleblower complaint. https://t.co/UDpTtidRKp”
Kurt Eichenwald on Twitter
“Seriously, Trump is a man who could not present the real version of a weather map without altering it so he could back up his tweet. Why would ANYONE believe that the transcript they produce is the real deal?”
The Hoarse Whisperer on Twitter
“Trump alleging he is releasing the transcript of his call with Ukraine is the surest possible sign that the whistleblower’s actual complaint does not hinge on the contents of that call. https://t.co/jcfDQO690y”
Holly Figueroa O'Reilly on Twitter
“@realDonaldTrump You have lied nearly 13,000 times since you took office. You literally tell, on average, 12 lies every day. At this point, releasing the transcript is pointless. It's bound to be full of lies. Time to #impeachdonaldtrumpnow #impeachment #tuesdaythoughts https://t.co/bZS9cmQrms”