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Whistleblower complaint of Ukraine call puts top White House officials on defensive

2019-09-23

White House officials went on the defensive Sunday amid revelations of a whistleblower complaint saying President Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said allegations that Trump was looking for dirt on his presidential rival’s family are speculation.

"I think things are being implied that just don't exist," he said on CNN's "State of the Union."

At issue is a July 25 phone call between the president and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in which, according to a recent whistleblower complaint, the commander-in-chief called for an investigation into the ex-veep’s son Hunter Biden.

“I wasn’t on the call but I have no reason to believe the president pressured ... a foreign leader," Mnuchin said. “I think this is a lot being made up about one person’s speculation.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rejected calls to release a transcript of the phone conversation.

“Those are private conversations between world leaders and it wouldn’t be appropriate to do so except in the most extreme circumstances,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Trump has angrily denied allegations of impropriety. On Sunday, he tweeted a statement from conservative author Peter Schweizer: ‘The real story involves Hunter Biden going around the world and collecting large payments from foreign governments and foreign oligarchs.”