Published: Sun, November 10, 2019

Donald Trump to release transcript of second call with Ukrainian president

Through this letter, Republican members on the House Intelligence Committee, a minority led by Nunes, have put forward a list of witnesses they believe would absolve Trump of blame. "The whistleblower's testimony is therefore redundant and unnecessary".

"Now they want to have a transcript of the other call, the second call, and I'm willing to provide that", Trump said, likely speaking of an April phone call just after Zelenskiy took office.

In the letter to Schiff, Nunes provided justification for each witness listed. Trump added, "The Republicans have never been so united and I think the people of our country have never been so united".

President Donald Trump speaks to the press before departing the White House in Washington, D.C., on November 8, 2019.

US President Donald Trump on Saturday said he was going to release the transcript of the second call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky this week in his battle against the ongoing impeachment inquiry that enters a new phase of public hearings that will be aired live. He also has asked that all individuals who provided information to the whistleblower should be compelled to appear. Democrats have claimed that quid pro quo was involved, which Trump has frequently denied.

They now want to have the whistleblower, an intelligence community official who has asked for anonymity, and Hunter Biden, the son of the Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, to their list of witnesses to testify in open, public, televised impeachment inquiry hearings, according to The Washington Post.

He also said the committee is evaluating the GOP's requests and will give consideration to witnesses within the scope of the impeachment inquiry, as voted on by the House.

Graham has been one of Trump's staunchest allies defending the president's actions amid the impeachment inquiry.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has said that President Trump should be able to face his accuser.

The public phase of the impeachment inquiry is set to start on November 13, with George Kent, a top State Department official, and William Taylor, a top Ukraine diplomat, slated to testify to start off two days' worth of hearings.

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