TOP TAKEAWAYS: TRUMP/UKRANIAN MEMORANDUM
September 25, 2019
Here are the top takeaways from the memorandum released today on the call between Trump and the Ukranian president:
SERIOUS QUESTIONS ABOUT DOJ INVOLVEMENT: This memorandum, along with new reporting, raises serious questions about DOJ’s role in this story.
Trump: “I will have Mr. Giuliani give you a call and I am also going to have Attorney General Barr call and we will get to the bottom of it.”
Trump: “I will tell Rudy and Attorney General Barr to call.”
Trump: “Whatever you can do with the attorney general would be great.”
New York Times: “After a whistle-blower raised concerns about Mr. Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, the director of national intelligence and the inspector general for the intelligence community each referred the complaint for a possible criminal investigation into the president’s actions, according to a Justice Department official. The department’s criminal division reviewed the matters and concluded that there was no basis for a criminal investigation into Mr. Trump’s behavior. Law enforcement officials determined that the transcript of the call did not show that Mr. Trump had violated campaign finance laws by soliciting from a foreign national a contribution, donation or thing of value.”
THIS IS NOT A TRANSCRIPT: It says right at the top that this is a memorandum and not a verbatim transcript of the discussion. Congress still needs to see the full unredacted whistleblower complaint.
TRUMP REPEATEDLY PRESSURED THE UKRANIAN PRESIDENT TO WORK WITH RUDY GIULIANI his personal lawyer who was reportedly pushing a shadow agenda in Ukraine that included an investigation into Trump’s political opponent.
Trump: “I would like you to do us a favor though.”
Trump: “So if you can look into it.”
Trump: “Mr. Giuliani is a highly respected man. He was the mayor of New York City, a great mayor, and I would like him to call you. I will ask him to call you.”
Trump: “Rudy very much knows what’s happening and he is a very capable guy. If you could speak to him that would be great.”
TRUMP ATTACKED OUR ALLIES, putting his own personal and political interests ahead of our foreign policy and national security.
Trump: “Well it is very nice of you to say that I will say that we do a lot for Ukraine. We spend a lot of effort and a lot of time. Much more than the European countries are doing and they should be helping you more than they are. Germany
does almost nothing for you. All they do is talk and I think it’s something that you should really ask them about. When I was speaking to Angela Merkel she talks Ukraine, but she doesn’t do anything.”