Trump Throws Pence Under The Bus In Ukraine Scandal: 'Ask Him About His Calls'
President Donald Trump told reporters on Wednesday that they should ask Vice President Mike Pence about his own communications with Ukrainian officials, drawing Pence into the mix and potentially raising questions over just how deeply the vice president is involved in the scandal.
Politico reported that Trump made the suggestion during a press conference on the sidelines at the United Nations.
“I think you should ask for Vice President Pence’s conversation, because he had a couple of conversations also,” Trump said. “I could save you a lot of time. They were all perfect. Nothing was mentioned of any import other than congratulations.”
The president also indicated he would release the transcript from his first call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky should it be deemed helpful, after the White House released a summary transcript of the leaders’ second phone call earlier in the day.
“The word is they’re going to ask for the first phone conversation,” Trump said. “You can have it anytime you need it. And also Mike Pence’s conversations, which were, I think, one or two of them. They were perfect. They were all perfect.”
Numerous administration officials are or could be implicated in the scandal, Politico noted, with the transcript of Trump’s second phone call with Zelensky revealing that the president mentioned Attorney General William Barr by name as a point of contact on the issue of investigating Joe Biden. Barr was named in tandem with Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani.