Pompeo: 'It wouldn't be appropriate' to release transcript of Trump conversation with Ukrainian president

Source: The Hill | September 22, 2019 | Justine Coleman

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that “it wouldn’t be appropriate” to release a transcript of President Trump’s call with his Ukrainian counterpart that is reportedly at the center of a whistleblower’s complaint.

Pompeo said on ABC’s “This Week” that the Trump administration only publishes transcripts in unique circumstances.

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

The secretary of State deferred to the White House when asked why the administration wouldn’t provide the transcript if, as the president says, there was nothing wrong about the conversation.

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Pompeo on Sunday added that he supported finding out if Biden participated in “corrupt” activities.

“I do think if Vice President Biden behaved inappropriately, if he was protecting his son and intervened with the Ukrainian leadership in a way that was corrupt, I do think we need to get to the bottom of that,” he said.

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