nearvideo trump pushes back on report, Barr denied the request for the press conference, clearing him to Ukraine, calls it “fake news”
President Trump denies the story that attorney General Barr shot down his request to keep him in a press conference, clearing him wrong in his telephone conversation with the Ukraine President Vladimir Zelensky.
Democratic senators, including Kamala Harris, urged on Friday that the Department of Justice with the hand over documents relating to a reported attempt by President Trump to Attorney General William Barr, to hold a press conference, he said, had not broken laws in his 25. July phone call with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky.
Sens. Harris, D-Calif., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Sheldon Whitehouse, Dr. I., sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to Barr, after The Washington Post reported that trump has made the request, to Sept. 25, when the administration of a transcript of the conversation published.
TRUMP PUSHES BACK ON REPORT, BARR DENIED THE REQUEST FOR THE PRESS CONFERENCE, CLEARING HIM TO THE UKRAINE
The outlet reported that Trump has told associates he wanted Barr’s press conference would be held, in the midst of escalating house impeachment probe around the call. The Wall Street Journal also reported that Trump the desire was discussed, according to a public notice from Barr among White house officials, who in turn forwarded the request to the Ministry of justice. But the outlet, reported that it could not be determined, as it had pressed hard to trump, for a press conference-or of the reason for Barr’s denial.
“These reports raise serious concerns about the President, the perception of the Ministry of justice as a party-political instrument and his willingness to accept the power of federal law enforcement in pursuit of its own goals,” wrote the senators in the request.
“We will send this FOIA request to reach, messages, documents, and other information reported to the President, require you to hold a press conference to clear him of misconduct in his phone call with the Ukrainian President,” the request said.
House Democrats claim that the calling in of the Trump called Zelensky “look into” allegations against the former Vice-President Joe Biden and alleged Ukraine-meddling in the 2016 presidential elections, was part of a quid pro quo with the withholding of U.S. military aid, was temporarily blocked by the White house. Trump has denied a quid pro quo, while the Ukrainians have said, there was no pressure from the White house.
Trump has also pushed back on the reports.
“Bill Barr didn’t fall to my question about the Ukraine,” he tweeted on Thursday morning. “The story was a Fake Washington Post con-job with a ” anonymous source that does not exist. The transcript read. The Ministry of justice already ruled that the call was a good one. We do not have the freedom of the press!”
To keep Trump a robust denial: “The degenerate” Washington Post ” have on Twitter, the story about me, Bill Barr asks for a press conference. Never happened, and there were no sources!” This, after he tweeted earlier, calls the story “completely false and just another FAKE-NEWS-story with anonymous sources that don’t exist.”
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On the request of the senators to journalists” and “press conference demanding that all memos and correspondence with Barr, Deputy Attorney General Jeffery Rosen, or the immediate office of the Prosecutor-General since August 14, as well as phrases such as “Ukraine”, “Zelensky,” “copy” “.”
“When President Trump is the passionate assertion that such reports “pure fiction” and “Fake news” is in fact correct, then the judiciary should have not a problem swiftly in the processing of our request,” the senators wrote.
Fox News’ Jason Donner contributed to this report.