Trump: The White House will release the transcript of another conversation with Ukraine
"They want a transcript of the second call, the second call, and I'm willing to provide it," the president told reporters Saturday on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews, before boarding Air Force One.  Trump said he first spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in April, but his communication with Zelensky in July has so far been the focus of the House Democrats' investigation into violence. In September, the White House released a rough print of the July 25 call after a whistleblower complaint alleging Trump requested "intervention" from a foreign country to help his 2020 presidential campaign.
Trump has denied doing anything wrong.
"You will read the second call, and you will tell me if there is anything wrong with it," he said. The call took place months before the July call in the middle of the impeachment investigation.
Trump also claimed that he does not care if the congressional lawsuits are behind closed doors or in public because he said they should not happen at all.
"There should be nothing. There should be no interrogation procedures," he said, calling the testimony so far "all third-hand knowledge."  While Trump dismissed some of the weight of witnesses who have been privately deposed for so long, witnesses have provided key information to congressional investigators. Some have stated that they thought there was a quid pro quo, with the Trump administration demanding the Ukrainian government to launch investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, in exchange for US military aid.
There is no evidence that Joe or Hunter Biden made any mistake in Ukraine.
A letter from the GOP
House Republicans on Saturday presented a list of witnesses they would like to testify as part of the chamber's investigation into weapons against President Donald Trump and Ukraine.
In a letter to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, Republicans listed the anonymous whistleblower, former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden, former US special envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker, official David Rale and Tim Morrison, the prime minister's top adviser to the State Department. Saturday marked the Republicans deadline for filing the request.
GOP also requested a Nell this Fusion GPS entrepreneur, and Alexandra Chalupa, a former Democratic National Committee employee, who signaled that Republicans still want to focus on uncertain claims related to the 2016 presidential campaign.  Schiff said on Saturday that the intelligence committee "evaluates minority testimony and will take due consideration for witnesses within the framework of the Violence Study, which was voted on by the House. "
2,677 pages with weapons investigation testimony
A review of more than 2,600 pages of prints released this week from eight witnesses who testified in the House inquiry into the last six weeks shows how controversy over Trump's Ukraine policy had broken into the US government for months.
The testimony describes how the top US officials were concerned that Trump had put out Ukraine policy to his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who had driven top Ukrainian officials to publish an investigation into Bidens and to drive a conspiracy theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election to help Democrats. Giuliani's efforts, with the support of the president, led the US diplomat in Ukraine outstream, standing in his way, at the same time as the emissaries who were then prosecuted.
In addition, the President's Ukraine plays politics against Russia in the United States – but also animated in his agitation against Ukraine. And the testimony of at least one witness links Trump to the decision to contain nearly $ 400 million in security support for Ukraine until the country announced it would continue investigations of his political rivals.
CN Lips Kevin Liptak, Manu Raju, Jeremy Herb, Marshall Cohen, Phil Mattingly and Kate Sullivan contributed to this story.