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Ukraine call transcript 'underwhelming': Graham

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Published on September 25, 2019 - Duration: 01:01s

Ukraine call transcript 'underwhelming': Graham

Republican Senator Lindsay Graham described the transcript of the call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Zelenskiy as "underwhelming," adding Wednesday that from his point of view, "to impeach any president over a phone call like this would be insane." Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Ukraine call transcript 'underwhelming': Graham

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Stopped by reporters on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Senator Lindsay Graham described the transcript of the call between President Trump and President Volodymyr Zelenskiy as "underwhelming." "If you were looking for a circumstance where the President of the United States was threatening the Ukraine with cutting off aid unless they investigated his political opponent, you would be very disappointed.

That does not exist.

So from my point of view to impeach any president over a phone call like this would be insane," Graham said.

U.S. President Donald Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a July telephone call to investigate whether former Vice President Joe Biden shut down an investigation into a company that employed his son, a summary of the call released by the Trump administration on Wednesday showed.

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday announced that the Democratic-led House was moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry and directed six committees to proceed with investigations of the president's actions.

Democrats have accused Trump, who is seeking re-election next year, of soliciting Ukraine's help to smear Biden, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, before the 2020 election.

"There's a lot of talk about Biden's son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that, so whatever you can do with the attorney general would be great," Trump said in the call, according to the summary provided by the Justice Department.

"Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it.

... It sounds horrible to me," Trump said, according to the memo.

The call occurred after Trump had ordered the U.S. government to freeze nearly $400 million in American aid to Ukraine.

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