The House Oversight Committee has released a transcript of a Nov. 5, 2017 phone call between President Trump and Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, which long has been used as a potential legal justification for removing the president from office.
The hearing, chaired by Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., is looking into whether the government overstated the amount of economic sanctions it used against Russia. Trump asked Mr. Poroshenko if a statement by former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had been “flawed,” and Mr. Poroshenko responded by saying that “there was insufficient backing for the sanctions that we did.”
The committee said in its transcript of the call that Mr. Poroshenko had intended to say that sanctions against Russia were “inadequate.” That phrasing, as used at the hearing, would appear to make the president immune from perjury allegations in connection with an accusation that he obstructed justice in a federal criminal investigation. The transcript showed no mention of that exact phrasing.
On Sept. 24, the committee released transcripts of other calls in which Mr. Trump discussed sanctions with foreign leaders. And on Wednesday, former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos called into the committee, which is looking into allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians.
Additional topics discussed in the conversations:
Has Mr. Trump, in light of the special counsel’s investigation, ever had a discussion about pardoning Mr. Manafort, who was sentenced to 30 months in prison for a charge stemming from the Russian investigation?
Have Mr. Trump and Mr. Manafort discussed sending to a foreign country one of Mr. Trump’s properties?
Did any of the conversation focus on a meeting in the Russian hotel during the campaign between a participant and Mr. Papadopoulos?
Did Mr. Trump ask Mr. Papadopoulos whether there was a connection between someone from the company Aras Agalarov, which Trump attended a Miss Universe contest in Moscow, and the Kremlin?