Published On: Thu, Sep 26th, 2019

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Donald Trump has been thrown into controversy after details of a controversial phone call at the centre of the push from the Democratic Party to impeach the USA President have been released. The now unclassified document is a rough transcript of a conversation between Mr Trump and the Ukranian president Volodymyr Zelensky in July, within which the US President’s conduct is characterised as having a “serious or flagrant problem, abuse, or violation of law”. The whistleblower’s complaint accuses Mr Trump of “using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the US 2020 election”. But how has the 45th US President hit back at this information?

In the rough transcript of the call, the whistleblower alleges Mr Trump tried to solicit foreign assistance in the 2020 election and that White House officials participated in a cover-up to keep details of the Ukraine call from being made public.

The whistleblower said White House officials told them the conversation on July 25 between Mr Trump and Mr Zelenskiy was removed from the computer system that is typically used for such records of calls with foreign leaders.

However, the whistleblower wrote that the transcript had been added into a separate electronic system that is used only for information that is of an “especially sensitive nature”.

So what has the outspoken US President’s response to these allegations been?

On Twitter, Mr Trump wrote: “A whistleblower with second-hand information? Another Fake News Story! See what was said on the very nice, no pressure, call. Another Witch Hunt!”

This morning President Trump told a crowd of staff from the United States Mission to the United Nations that he wants to know who provided information to the whistleblower about his phone call with Mr Zelensky.

According to the New York Times, Mr Trump said whoever had provided the whistleblower with that information was “crooked” and “close to a spy”.

The Times reports he said: “I want to know who’s the person who gave the whistle-blower the information because that’s close to a spy.

“You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart with spies and treason, right?

“We used to handle it a little differently than we do now.”

The remark supposedly stunned the audience of around 50 people who had notes of what the president had said during a statement from Mr Trump which lasted several minutes.

The speech is thought to have begun with Mr Trump condemning the former Vice President Joe Biden’s role in Ukraine at the time when his son Hunter Biden was on the board of a Ukranian energy company.

After which, the US President referred to the whistleblower, labelling him as “crooked”, adding he had never heard the call in question.

The LA Times reports Mr Trump also described reporters as “scum” and raged at the Democrats’ new impeachment proceedings, which have been reignited by the whistleblower’s complaint.

Mr Trump said: “Basically, that person never saw the report, never saw the call, he never saw the call — heard something and decided that he or she, or whoever the hell they saw — they’re almost a spy.”

Speaking to reporters earlier today, Mr Trump said his call with the Ukranian president was “perfect”.

He also called the Democrats’ investigation of the call a “disgrace” and suggested there should be a legal avenue to stop the impeachment inquiry.

The threat of impeachment has been levied against Mr Trump for several years, but it now appears to be a real possibility for the US leader as the House Democrats have formally announced official impeachment investigations.

House leader Nancy Pelosi said in her weekly press conference that the Ukraine call would be the “focus” of the impeachment inquiry moving forward.

Regarding the call specifically, she said: “This is a cover-up.”

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