A top National Security Council official has made it clear there was nothing illegal with President Trump’s phone conversation with the Ukrainian President on July 25.
“I listened to the call as it occurred from the Situation Room,” NSC senior director for European affairs Tim Morrison said in prepared testimony, reports Blaze Media. “I want to be clear; I was not concerned that anything illegal was discussed.”
Morrison also stressed the transcript of the call, released by the White House in September, “accurately and completely reflects the substance of the call.”
In his opening statement to the House impeachment investigators, Morrison said he had concerns about details of the phone call being leaked, and “How it would play out in Washington’s polarized environment,” how support in Congress for aid to Ukraine may be affected, and “how it would affect the Ukrainian perceptions of the U.S.-Ukraine relationship.”
House Democrats’ ongoing impeachment proceeding is focused on the July phone conversation between President Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart. Their investigation centers on whether President Trump exerted pressure on President Zelensky to investigate allegations of corruption relating to the son of former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter, and his dealings with Burisma gas company—by withholding military aid.
The Ukrainians were not aware of any delay in funding until a month after the phone call.
Morrison continued, “I was aware that the President thought Ukraine had a corruption problem, as did many others familiar with Ukraine,” the statement says. However, he adds, “I was confident that our national security principals could convince President Trump to release the aid because President Zelenskiy and the reform-oriented [Ukrainian Parliament] were genuinely invested in their anti-corruption agenda.”
Morrison’s testimony contradicts that of top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine Bill Taylor. Taylor has testified that Gordon Sondland told a Ukrainian official “that security assistance money would not come until President Zelenskiy committed to pursue the Burisma investigation.”
Morrison said that Sondland’s proposal “was that it could be sufficient if the new Ukrainian prosecutor general—not President Zelenskiy—would commit to pursue the Burisma investigation,” reports the Blaze.
House Oversight Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), on Tuesday, Oct. 29, also condemned their impeachment inquiry.
“Both President Trump and President Zelenskiy have said no conditions, no pressure, no pushing, no quid pro quo. We’ve got the transcript that shows that. We know that the Ukrainians did not know at the time of the call that aid had been withheld and, tell me, what actions the Ukrainians or President Zelenskiy took to get the aid turned back on.”
Speaking of the impeachment push by Democrats, 25 church leaders and advisers gathered at the White House on Tuesday morning, Oct. 29, to pledge their unwavering support for the president, they said the president is remaining focused on his job of leading the country.
“It was abundantly clear, he’s totally unfazed by this,” said Moore, president of the Congress of Christian Leaders. “Everybody felt this way. This isn’t actually about Donald Trump. … It’s about the agenda that he’s put forward, the success he’s had in advancing the agenda.”
“Evangelical leaders see this, not as impeaching Donald Trump, but they’re trying to impeach me and my values,” Moore said, adding, “Donald Trump is pretty good at fighting alone—but he isn’t going to have to on this one.”