President Trump calls Mitt Romney a 'pompous ass' for criticizing him

President Donald Trump speaks to the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington Thursday Oct. 3 2019 before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base Md. and then on to Florida

President Trump calls Mitt Romney a 'pompous ass' for criticizing him

And now, according to a cache of text messages released on Thursday, top United States diplomats encouraged Ukraine's newly elected president Vlodyrmyr Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden's family in return for a potentially high-profile visit to Washington with President Donald Trump.

The messages, released by House Democrats, show former USA special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker writing to top Zelensky aide Andrey Yermak, promising the new Ukrainian leader a trip to Washington in exchange for the investigation.

Democratic leaders subpoenaed the White House in a wide-ranging request for information about Trump's actions in the Ukraine controversy.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo publicly acknowledged this week that he was on the July 25 call between Trump and Zelenskiy, and that disclosure put a spotlight on his previous attempts to distance himself from the issue.

In calling for China to investigate the Bidens, Trump referred to a business deal Hunter Biden was in that involved a fund drawing from investment from the Chinese government-owned Bank of China.

He was labeled "was one of the administration's 'three amigos' on Ukrainian policy, along with Kurt Volker, the US special representative for the Ukraine conflict, and Gordon Sondland, the USA ambassador to the European Union".

Pence also appeared in the whistleblower's complaint, with the US intelligence official claiming that on or around May 14, Trump instructed Pence to cancel a planned trip to Ukraine to attend the inauguration of Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the new Ukrainian president, on May 20.

Trump also said that his call with Zelenskiy was flawless and portrays the impeachment enquiry as a sham.

But Perry told an evangelical Christian news outlet, CBN News, in an interview aired Friday that he had never heard anyone in the administration bring up Biden or Biden's son, who served on a board of a Ukraine natural gas business, in dealings with Ukrainian officials.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected a Republican call to halt the investigation on the grounds that a full House resolution on an impeachment inquiry had not been voted on.

Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani told The Journal that he advised the president that there were complaints among his supporters that Yovanovitch privately harbored an "anti-Trump bias".

In a statement Thursday, Joe Biden called Trump's remarks "a grotesque choice of lies over truth and self over the country".

"Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing", Trump said during a July 2016 press conference.

They came from Volker, who testified behind closed doors Thursday after resigning last week.

Perry, the former governor of Texas and up to now a lower-profile but active member of Trump's Cabinet, has made repeated trips to Ukraine and met often with Ukranian officials, including Zelenskiy.

It also would have called for the Ukrainian government to look into unsubstantiated conspiracy theories suggesting that it was not Russian Federation, but Ukraine that interfered in the 2016 election, and that it did so to help then Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

"President Trump is under the misimpression that if he keeps committing impeachable offenses, he can somehow normalize them and escape accountability", advocacy group Public Citizen said in response to the president's comments.

The Prosecutor General's Office said in a statement that among the cases being reviewed are 15 in which Zlochevsky is mentioned.

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