President Donald Trump told reporters Saturday morning that he expects a copy of his second phone call with President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky to be released next week.
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"Now they want to have a transcript of the second call, the second call, and I'm ready to provide that," Trump said, probably referring to a phone call in April, just after Zelensky took office. "We'll probably give it to you." in Tuesday."
"But," the president added, "another transcript is coming out that is very important. They asked for it. And I will gladly give it. There has never been a president who has been so transparent."
Trump spoke briefly before boarding Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Washington, en route to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to attend a University of Louisiana football game against Alabama.
The White House released a rough first transcript of a phone call in July with Zelensky on September 25 after word got out of a whistleblower complaint in the intelligence community. The White House transcript included a warning language saying it was not a verbatim discussion between the two leaders, as some members of the intelligence community said releasing a complete transcript could "undermine" national security.
There has never been a president who has been so transparent.
"The text in this document records the notes and recollections of duty officers in the Situation Hall and [National Security Council] policy officers assigned to listen and memorize the conversation in writing while the conversation is taking place. ", said in a White House note.
Parts of the note were edited, but Zelensky said the July call" did not extort ", prompting the House to open a formal impeachment investigation against the president.
"There was no extortion. This was not the subject of our conversation," he said. "The call cannot affect our relations with America."
Insider complaints say exactly the opposite, quoting a White House official who listens to the phone and describes it as "crazy" and "scary" and "visibly shaken".
Despite Zelensky's claim that the telephone call had no consequence, government officials were urged to appear before the Homes, Foreign Affairs and Intelligence Committees in a series of closed-door deposits as part of a formal impeachment investigation .
One by one, current and official officials met before Congress to account for the Trump administration's phone call and connection with Ukraine – including the business dealings of Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.
"I am concerned about the call," said Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Windman, Director of European Affairs at the National Security Council. "I did not think it was right to require a foreign government to investigate a US citizen, and I was worried about the consequences of the US government's support for Ukraine."
Trump continues to defend his call with Zelensky as "perfect" and makes negative comments about the investigation, calling it "fraud."
Public testimony with witnesses is also scheduled to begin next week, as the House announced on November 6.
Ryan Shepard and Steph Thomas contributed to this report.