Trump Seeks Whistle-Blower’s Identity – The New York Times

Mr. Trump pointed to Mr. Schiff’s summary of portions of the exchange between the president and Mr. Zelensky and how they veer from the reconstructed transcript of the call released by the White House.

During a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Thursday, Mr. Schiff addressed a portion of the reconstructed transcript and introduced his summary of it saying, “Shorn of its rambling character and in not so many words, this is the essence of what the president communicates.”

Then, Mr. Schiff summarized Mr. Trump’s comments and said: “We’ve been very good to your country, very good. No other country has done as much as we have, but you know what, I don’t see much reciprocity here. I hear what you want. I have a favor I want from you, though.”

The summary appears to be drawn from several portions of the call, including statements from Mr. Trump to Mr. Zelensky.

“The United States has been very very good to Ukraine,” Mr. Trump told Mr. Zelensky. “I wouldn’t say that it’s reciprocal necessarily because things are happening that are not good but the United States has been very very good to Ukraine.”

And later, the president said, “I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it.”

On Sunday, Mr. Trump said of Mr. Schiff in a Twitter post, “His lies were made in perhaps the most blatant and sinister manner ever seen in the great Chamber.” Mr. Trump continued, “He wrote down and read terrible things, then said it was from the mouth of the President of the United States.”


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