Lawmakers react to text of Trump’s Ukraine call: ‘A classic mob shakedown’, by Dareh Gregorian.
The newly released summary of President Donald Trump’s July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy swept through Washington and the 2020 trail Wednesday, bolstering Democrats’ calls for impeachment and eliciting defensive outrage from some Republicans.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., tweeted: “The transcript of the call reads like a classic mob shakedown: — We do a lot for Ukraine — There’s not much reciprocity — I have a favor to ask — Investigate my opponent — My people will be in touch — Nice country you got there. It would be a shame if something happened to her.” …
Pelosi on Wednesday said that “the release of the notes of the call by the White House confirms that the President engaged in behavior that undermines the integrity of our elections, the dignity of the office he holds and our national security. The President has tried to make lawlessness a virtue in America and now is exporting it abroad.”
Biden released a statement later Wednesday, saying: “It is a tragedy for this country that our president put personal politics above his sacred oath. He has put his own political interests over our national security interest, which is bolstering Ukraine against Russian pressure. It is an affront to every single American and the founding values of our country.”
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a leading Democratic presidential candidate, told NBC News the document was “a smoking gun.”
“It’s solicitation of help from a foreign government for his own political purposes. That is the smoking gun. It’s right there in his own words. He’s admitted it,” Warren said.