White House releases transcript of President Trump’s phone call

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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting at the InterContinental Barclay hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, in New York. The conversation between Trump and Ukraine’s president is just one piece of the whistleblower’s overall complaint _ made in mid-August _ which followed Trump’s July 25 call. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WVNS) — Leaders of U.S. Congress responded to an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. Democrats in the House of Representatives said they are acting in response to a phone call between President Trump and the President of the Ukraine.

The White House released the complete transcript of phone call on Wednesday. The text can be viewed below.

The following statements were issued by U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito and U.S. Rep. Carol Miller after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the impeachment

“West Virginians have made it clear to me time and time again that they would rather Congress focus on the issues that truly affect their day-to-day lives—not political and partisan theatrics. Earlier this afternoon, in good faith, the president said he is willing to release the ‘complete, fully declassified and unredacted transcript,’ and I applaud that decision. Moving forward with an impeachment inquiry before that transcript is even public proves that House Democrats are more interested in partisan politics than in following the facts.”

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)

“Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats have once again proven they are willing to stop at nothing to discredit the 2016 election and take down President Trump by any means necessary. It’s time for Washington liberals to stop playing politics and embrace the success of the Trump Administration.
 
I encourage my colleagues across the aisle to repurpose this misguided impeachment effort and work with House Republicans to grow our economy, end the opioid epidemic, and solve the crisis on our Southern border. I stand with our President.”

U.S. Rep. Carol Miller (R-WV-3)

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA-9) issued statements following the release of the transcript on Wednesday. Here is a look at what they had to say:

“Any allegation of misconduct with a foreign country must be investigated. I firmly believe it is premature to jump to any conclusion until an investigation of the facts is complete.

As a U.S. Senator, I take my responsibility in the process very seriously. The Senate’s role is to evaluate the facts. It would be irresponsible of me to comment on each piece of the process until all of the facts come out and the Senate begins to review the findings.

I’m hopeful the Senate will rise above party and politics and consider what’s in the best interest of our country; I promise you I will.”

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV)

“In my opinion after reading the transcript, all the President requested was a reset and a valid investigation into allegations to which Vice President Biden had already admitted; namely that Vice President Biden had threatened a previous Ukrainian administration with the loss of a billion dollars in aid if it did not fire the prosecutor who just happened to be investigating the company of which the Vice President’s son was a board member. As the leader of the United States, it is right and proper for President Trump to request a reexamination after a previous high-ranking government official publicly admitted to inappropriate and possibly illegal behavior.

“If the Democrats are willing to investigate the allegations regarding Mr. Biden, then my hat is off to them, but I would be surprised.

“Ultimately, this is a matter for Ukraine, but lifting the previous U.S. administration’s threats against an investigator serves the ends of justice.”

U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA-9)

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