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Trump claims whistleblower account of damning Ukraine call is ‘completely different’ from transcript — even though they’re the same

2019-09-29

Let’s go to the transcript, Mr. President.

President Trump on Saturday angrily tweeted that the intelligence whistleblower’s account of his phone call with Ukraine’s president was “completely different and at odds from my actual conversation" — even though the transcript completely confirms exactly what was in the complaint.

The Whistleblower’s complaint is completely different and at odds from my actual conversation with the new President of Ukraine. The so-called “Whistleblower” knew practically NOTHING in that those ridiculous charges were far more dramatic & wrong, just like Liddle’ Adam Schiff..

“The so-called ‘Whistleblower’ knew practically nothing," Trump added.

In fact, the whistleblower’s complaint has proven very accurate so far. His account of Trump’s phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky was verified by the transcript, especially the key point that Trump asked for dirt on Joe Biden as “a favor.”

He also correctly said that White House lawyers sought to cover up Trump’s damning remarks by moving the transcript to a top-secret server.

Trump did not offer any specifics about how he believes the whistleblower misrepresented the damning phone call.

Trump took some "executive tweeted a flurry of impeachment attacks after returning from his Saturday golf game with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)

Graham drew ridicule of his own from legal eagles on Twitter when he derided the transcript as “hearsay." As several lawyers corrected Graham, a record of one’s own statements is not hearsay.

“Any lawyer, like yourself, should know that,” former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti rebuked Graham.

The transcript of Trump’s call with the Ukrainian President was non-hearsay and would be admissible against him. Any lawyer, like yourself, should know that. https://t.co/0IX0TBsYzR