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Trump on possibility of impeachment due to conversation with Zelensky: I don't take this seriously

"We had a wonderful phone conversation with the president of Ukraine. Everyone knows that. It's just a witch hunt arranged by the Democrats," Trump told reporters after arriving at the UN General Assembly.
08:15, 24 September 2019
U.S. President Donald Trump
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US President Donald Trump said he did not take seriously Democrats' statements about the possibility of impeachment in connection with a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Zelensky, which caused concern in the intelligence community and among members of Congress. Reuters reports this.

"On Monday he denied trying to coerce Ukraine into investigating his Democratic rival Joe Biden, but wavered about whether he would release a transcript of a phone call that some Democrats say is grounds for his impeachment," the statement said.

When asked how seriously he takes the threat of impeachment by Congress, the US president replied: "Not serious at all."

Trump told reporters in New York that he did not pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a July phone call to launch a corruption investigation into Biden and his son in return for U.S. military aid.

“No I didn’t,” Trump said.

Related: Trump states he expects more integrity from Ukraine

A U.S. whistleblower lodged a complaint about the contents of Trump’s conversation with Zelenskiy, leading to calls from some Democrats that Trump be impeached for trying to enlist a foreign power to smear a domestic opponent.

The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times on Friday reported that Trump repeatedly asked the Ukrainian leader to investigate the involvement of Biden’s son, Hunter, in the Ukrainian energy company. He also asked Zelensky to work with his personal lawyer, Rudi Giuliani, who called on Ukrainian officials to investigate Joe Biden and his family.

"We had a wonderful phone conversation with the president of Ukraine. Everyone knows that. It's just a witch hunt arranged by the Democrats," Trump told reporters after arriving at the UN General Assembly.

Trump gave a contradictory message about whether he would release a transcript of the call with the Ukrainian leader.

“I may do it because it was a very interesting call,” Trump said. “It was a very nice call. I hope you get to see it and I hope you get to see it soon,” he said.

But he added: “I don’t think it’s a great precedent to be releasing calls with foreign countries, heads of foreign countries. So I don’t think it’s a great precedent.”

Information about Trump's telephone conversation with a foreign leader sparked a political struggle between Democrats warning of a threat to national security and Republicans who opposed former Vice President Biden, a Democratic leader seeking to challenge Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

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