Special Report: Trump-Ukraine phone call partial transcript released
Special Report: Trump-Ukraine phone call partial transcript released Special Report: Trump-Ukraine phone call partial transcript releasedCbs News special report on Gayle King with Anthony Mason and Tony dokoupil here in New York. The White House has and that call the president asked for an investigation of Democratic presidential hopefuls loc to open a formal impeachment inquiry between the president and Ukrainian president as a potential violation of federal campaign. Lance did you see in that transcript? The foreign leader would start. There’S a congratulations on the election Victory, but President Trump did allude to Europe not doing enough to help Ukraine, but then he seems to into the DNC server he mentioned is crowdstrike, which is the company that investigated the Russian Hack of the DNC server and then from There he progresses to ask the Ukraine president about Joe on the screen for you to see. This is what the president said. According to the transcript which, according to the senior doj officials, is not verbatim, but this is what they have quote: you’re saying: there’s a lot.. The prosecution and whatever you can do with the attorney general would feed you can look into it. It sounds horrible to me and so that’s one excerpt of something the president said to the president’s zilinsky. The president of Ukraine is an example of a proquo. That’S obviously what Democrats are going to be looking into, but it is important to mention that doj senior officials here say that their Criminal Division took a look at this. They don’t believe there were any violations of the law. What is is that there was a violation of campaign, Finance laws, get this document and they will have to decide for themselves and that’s why this is important. Again. It was a 5-page document. We didn’t have a lot of time to look at it, but we did get some quotes. Let me go through another one, because what we saw throughout the document is this meant Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney as well as Attorney General, William Barr in that was surprising, because we knew that Rudy Giuliani would be mentioned in this document. But we did not know that the attorney Mr jointly give you a call and we will get to the bottom of it. So this is what we have gathered from. This document was still going through, but so far it shows that there was this repeated mention of Rudy Giuliani and also attorney general bar back to you document raw sitting here, digesting it exactly Piers from the explicit about that could be established as extortion navigate to me Here, if we were looking for exactly how did the president pressure and counterpart in relation to the Biden investigation, what we see here, is he suggesting that his personal attorney will reach out he’s suggesting the Attorney General of the United States reach out? And that’s where things get a little tricky for President Trump, because the question is: why would you entangle your attorney general? Why would you entangle yourself and something having to do with a political rival? That’S we should point out here that the the justice department says in the statement the president has not spoken with the attorney general about having Ukraine investigate anything relating to former Vice President Biden or his son, we’re following up on this with his attorney general in parallel. So here with what the Attorney General is doing on behalf of the president report, William Barr came out everything that was going to come out, and here we see him doing that again. But the fact we have a statement here right now. At the same time, with the transcript has helped the president because talked about it, the Attorney General, to clearly I wasn’t serious, but there still is not an explicit quid pro quo here. How significant this is? The justice department has looked at what happened in this phone call and they did not clear and it’ll be up to Democrats and Republicans is not if they believe this Rises to the level of conduct that should support articles of impeachment. It’S an open question. It’S murky. I agree with you completely there’s no quid pro quo, there’s no explicit promise or threat here, that’s great for the president’s attorneys. That’S what they’ll argue, but I think a lot of folks a lot of Voters in the midwest. May I ask: why would you want you feel about this statement? There doesn’t play well, I can tell you Gail, but even before the transcript came out, Democrats were very skeptical that it was going to be complete, that it would be an exhaustive, read out of exactly everything that went down on this call the exact number times that The president asked the president of Ukraine to look into the vice president. So that’s why the house intelligence chairman, Adam Schiff, told me this morning, even before the transcript was released, that he still wanted to talk to anyone who was on that Paul to make sure that the readout reflects the entire conversation that the president had with vilensky. About Biden but Democrats also argue and remember that impeachment is a political process. Democrats argue that they already have enough evidence to establish that there was a likely quid pro quo here. Even if the president wasn’t explicit about that on that phone call. Because if you wide now and look at the Timeline here about a week before the president have that conversation with the new president of Ukraine, his first conversation ever with the new president, he suddenly unexpectedly withheld about four hundred million dollars in military aid to Ukraine. No one outside of his inner circle new why he was doing it. Even the Senate Majority Leader Republican Mitch, McConnell was kept in the dark about the reasoning then, a week later, while that money is withheld. The president has this conversation, president of Ukraine, asking him to help him in clearly political ways, and so Democrats say that that shows that the leader of Ukraine knew that his military aide was on the line. If he didn’t do what the president wanted. Nancy Congress has heard from the whistleblower’s attorney, but are they going to hear from The Whistleblower and are they going to get a copy of this report hoping to interview this whistleblower as soon as tomorrow and Friday before Congress goes on a two-week recess, but they are In negotiations with the Director of National Intelligence, he without helmets whistleblowers complained because they were parents that The Whistleblower was discussing privileged information. If he was willing to withhold the complaint, why would he then allow The Whistleblower himself or herself to come to Capitol Hill and tell members of Congress everything those are the tops that are going on right now, Nancy. Thank you. Cbs News, legal analyst. Jonathan Turley is with us from Washington he’s a constitutional law professor at George Washington University and has criticized the push towards impeachment Jonathan good morning is inappropriate. Is it in Peach Bowl, constitutive, former public corruption and abuse of office, and so this is The Real McCoy you just have to prove it. The problem is with this transcript. Is that there’s plenty here that helps the president on his defense? Not only are they equate short of a pro quo is no Express promise, but it also contains a his initial discussion. That is President Trump’s discussion about why he wants other countries. European countries to also put money into the Ukraine Trump is insisting that he withheld that 400 million to try to put pressure on the Europeans to Pony up. So the transcript will help them there, but is. There is also a material here, navigation, more likely to come from someone in the Inner Circle, including someone like John Bolton, who might have been support. The theory – I’m not surprised at all, there was no contact, apparently never was told about the call. He was informed that his name came up once the referral was made it. So this is part and parcel we’ve seen before, where the President says things that frankly are Reckless and disturbing, and what follows is crickets. No one does anything, and that seems to be the case here, but Congress has a right to find out if something more concrete was done with us. Once again, with the remarks that the president made with the with the president of Ukraine have been released, but we’ve got our first read of it entail still coming out, but there was, the president did directly raise the question of investigating Vice President Biden with the president Of Ukraine, our coverage will continue on our 24-hour streaming Network CVS and you can watch it at cbsnews.com or on our CBS News app. There will be more to come on your local news on this CBS station AM tonight on the CBS Evening News. Many of you will return now to CVS this morning. This has been a CBS News special report, I’m Anthony Mason with Gayle King and Tony dokoupil, CBS News New York 24-hours a day go to cbsnews.com The White House has released a memorandum of President Trump’s July phone call with the president of Ukraine – a conversation that sparked a whistleblower complaint about the president’s conduct by a member of the intelligence community. Gayle King, Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil anchor a CBS News Special Report on the latest developments.