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Grassley issues statement on controversial Ukraine – Trump call transcript


This news story was published on September 25, 2019.
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President Trump

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley, president pro tempore of the U.S. Senate, today released the following statement regarding the release of a White House transcript of a call between the presidents of the United States and Ukraine, which took place not long after Trump ordered military aid to Ukraine frozen.

“Speaker Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry even before seeing the call transcript or hearing from the alleged whistleblower or the director of national intelligence. That says all anyone needs to know about the legitimacy of the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry: impeach now, facts later.

“I’ve read the transcript in its entirety. It shows that there was no quid pro quo. The Ukrainian President admitted problems with corruption in the country and agreed that the issue at hand warranted looking into further.

“The firing of a prosecutor looking into former Vice President Joe Biden’s son following pressure from Mr. Biden himself is worthy of investigation. That a president who ran on an anti-corruption platform would look into this matter is unsurprising and is in both the U.S. and Ukrainian national interest.

“For years, Democrats have decried foreign interference in U.S. elections. But this seems to be a one-way street. Democrats are wholly uninterested in looking into past Ukrainian efforts to help former Vice President Biden, as well as the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign, which reportedly used Ukraine to undermine the Trump campaign. That’s not how the rule of law works.

“National media attention to only one side of this issue is disappointing even if unsurprising. The Obama administration used the Department of Justice and its intelligence agencies to investigate a political opponent in then-candidate Trump while using foreign government sources to further the investigation. But it’s supposedly unacceptable for the Trump administration to encourage a foreign nation to look into a matter that it was prevented from fully investigating by the previous administration with clear conflicts of interest. That’s not a standard that makes any sense.”

“Democrats’ cries for impeachment grow stronger by the day, but their case for impeachment grows weaker. Democrats should instead focus on the issues Americans care about, such as lowering prescription drug prices, rebuilding our infrastructure and passing the USMCA.”

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28 Responses to Grassley issues statement on controversial Ukraine – Trump call transcript

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 28, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    PUTTING THINGS INTO PERSPECTIVE
    Phone call with Mexican President leaked.
    Phone call with Austrailian President leaked.
    Now, this phone with the Ukrainian President leaked.
    It’s obvious that the “Deep State” is imbedded in the United States Intelligence Community, the FBI, CIA, NSA, ect. The people hired to protect the people of the US are now activily working against the American People.
    Time for a house cleaning, yet the American People have no way to do that except in the voting booth! Use your vote wisely!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 28, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Thank you Dems for your outrageous claims. You are assuring us Republicans a second term of a great President!! Keep it up!!!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 28, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Our country is so corrupt it makes me sick. I had NO idea that our government was so corrupt until President Trump started turning over rocks.
    It makes me sad that the country I was so proud to be a part of is full of such evil individuals.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 27, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    Democratic women just hate so hard on the Donald. It’s awkward how their at war with the setting president. They don’t seem to have any type of event where they show the respect that is due to the office. Politics now has a tone that reflects constant bickering. Like a sour old maid.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 27, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    TRUMP IN A LANDSLIDE !!!
    He will even WIN MINNESOTA !!!

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 27, 2019 at 10:44 pm

      With all that is going on right now, he will be lucky to win time off for good behavior.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 27, 2019 at 9:41 am

    #impeachthemf!!!!!!!!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 27, 2019 at 7:57 am

    ONLY Failed Democrat Lawyers in Congress WHO Hate & when it Comes to Trump would Consider THAT 2nd,3rd or NO Matter what Hand by an Openly BIAS Partisan. That THIS So Called Whistleblower, a Career BIAS Trump Hating CIA Agent WHO also Used ALT LEFT Media Outlets AS Evidence in HIS Hearsay Complaint WOULD BE Deemed as a Credible Report & Impeachable Evidence. EVEN with a SWORN Affidavit in a Court Of LAW IF a Lawyer Presented THIS BULLSHIT 2nd-3rd Hand or whatever Statement or Complaint to a Judge HE would LAUGH This Lawyers ASS Outta Court as HEAR SAY!!!! Evidence & Maybe even Scold HIS ASS for Wasting HIS & the Courts Time on STUPID SHIT Like THIS!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 27, 2019 at 7:55 am

    The so called “democrat “ party will be dead party before too long. True Americans will never vote for this party. They offer nothing of any value to the country, simply power hungry & they love to hate & divide. It’s all they know other than socialism/communism.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 27, 2019 at 7:55 am

    The Democrat enemy is at work. Simple. I am waiting for the law to fall … well on all of them. They don’t pay their taxes (tax evasion), funnel funds to family members and themselves. (embezzlement), produce false narratives (perjury), murder people … do we need to go on? It needs to happen.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 26, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    The Democrats in the house , from the speaker down are a disgrace to this great nation ! Most great empires lasted 200 years , and then were destroyed from within . America is 243 years old , and the Democrats are doing their best to destroy her ! We can’t allow them to take our guns , they are the only thing between us and a totalitarian rule ! The globalist are staging an all out war. Patriots stand tall !

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 26, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    This absolutely the most ridiculous action the Democrats could ever take. They are still a bunch of cry babies that lost. They just want all the news to be about them. Instead of doing the job they were elected to do. What are they doing about healthcare, illegal aliens, repairing the hurricane damaged in the country, the flooding in Texas, our veterans, our unborn babies, our homeless. Do your job and move forward. Stop crying about the election. President Donald Trump is moving forward with or without you. You are a bunch of failures.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 26, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    I back impeachment. Yep we should impeach everyone of those Democrats that are doing nothing but investigating and lying stretching the truth. Vote them out people…

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 26, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    Chuck is so far up donnie’s butt that when he dies, they will only need a 12″ coffin.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 27, 2019 at 10:05 am

      he used to be kind of honest

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 27, 2019 at 3:29 pm

      So it can slide down your throat Lady ….. Just how you like a it.

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    Trump Derangement Syndrome Reply Report comment

    September 25, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    Thank you Senator Grassley for all you do for the working folks in Iowa . dumocrats and fake news are accusing President Trump of doing the dirty deeds that they have done ! They just hate him and the American workers so much that can’t see straight.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 25, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    If you vote for a democrat you are officially voting for socialism and the future destruction of the United States of America.

    KEEP AMERICA GREAT !!!

    Vote TRUMP 2020

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    Michael MILLER Reply Report comment

    September 25, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    Almost word for word from the white house Republican taking points accidentally sent to Democrats.Grassley is just as corrupt.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 25, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    *Dems are wanting to impeach the president for investigating VP Biden and his son Hunter for bilking millions from Ukraine and billions from China.
    This is the same Hunter Biden – who had an affair with his brother’s widow and divorced his wife over it. He was also kicked out of the Navy in 2014 for abusing cocaine.
    And Trump is the one who should be impeached?
    You couldn’t make this up if it were a soap opera produced by Harvey Weinstein.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 25, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    *The only reason Democrats are trying to impeach the president is because they don’t believe they can beat him at the ballot box…they are trying to destroy him.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 25, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    *CANCEL the Democrat Des Moines Register!
    The President has EVERY legal right under the Constitution to act on behalf of America in conjunction with a foreign leader. It is not the purview of Congress to obtain transcripts. President Trump needs to tell these Marxist Democrats to go POUND SAND. This is a dangerous precedent being set not just for this presidency but for future presidencies! And of course the ” journalists” at Des Moines Register is NOT AT ALL interested in pursuing the Biden Ukraine corruption evolving his son Hunter Biden and the company “Burisma” which is what this is all about. Folks, If you want to know the true intended purpose of the press and how far they have strayed from that path read “UNFREEDOM OF THE PRESS”

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 25, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    Demoncraps didn’t get their way so they aren’t happy so no one will be happy, they are fighting a revolution we just are slow at seeing it. To them, the ends justify the means. Destroy everything good and decent is their tactic. Lie, cheat, destroy is what they do best. Do not give an inch to these malcontents, they are never satisfied, they will demand more, so don’t give these socialist a thing. They must be defeated.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 25, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Why do the Dems and mainstream media what to look the other way when Biden did what he did holding our tax payers money if they didn’t fire the prosecutor that would get his alcoholic drugey son out of trouble??

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 25, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    My belief is that this “whistleblower” had the intention of knocking Biden out of the race more than going after Trump. If Bernie gets close to Warren you’ll see him “sacrificed” as well.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 25, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Seriously? You have got to be kidding…..the Democrats are grasping at straws trying to overthrow a duly elected President…Biden is clearly far more complicit in the Ukraine issue. You sure you really want all that to come out. Consider that Trump may be playing the Democrats on this issue….

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 25, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    #impeachthemf!!!!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 25, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Fiction written transcript. Hey Chuck, forgot to mention the vast list of other corrupt and criminal actions of the orange donk people? Chuck and Mitch have been brick walls to getting anything done in DC.