The US has declassified the text of a complaint by an unnamed US intelligence officer who informed his superior about President Donald Trump's communication with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky. This is a July phone call from two leaders, CNN reports with reference to three sources.
"Yes, it has been declassified with minimal changes but not yet published", - one of the channel's sources said, adding that it could happen as early as Thursday morning.
The members of the special committees on the intelligence of the House of Representatives and the Senate were the first to declassify the text. Democrat Adam Schiff, after reading the document, called the information contained in it a matter of "utmost concern". Other Democrats who have read the text of the complaint have noted that it confirms their commitment to investigating Trump.
At the same time, Republicans' opinions were divided. Some have said the document will not hurt Trump, but most have declined to comment.
The number of the American mass media reported earlier that on July 25, Trump tried to convince Zelensky in the necessity to start the investigation against Hunter Biden, the son of Joe Biden. Besides, the U.S. President “urged him about eight times to work” with lawyer Rudi Giuliani on the investigation against Hunter Biden.
Joe Biden, responding to the reports about the talk of Trump and Zelensky, urged the American president to publish the transcript of his talk with the Ukrainian leader.
Earlier Donald Trump approved the publication of the full version of his phone talk with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky dated July 25 on September 25. Besides, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo received permission from Ukraine Government to release the transcript of the telephone call.
On September 24, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the launch of a formal impeachment inquiry in response to the dispute over Mr. Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate his potential 2020 rival, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.