Hillary Clinton says Trump 'has betrayed our country' over call to Ukraine president: 'I support impeachment'
Hillary Clinton on Wednesday said that President Donald Trump "has betrayed our country" after the White House released a transcript of a controversial call the Republican had with the Ukrainian president in July.
The transcript of the call confirmed that the US President had sought favor from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, seeking a review of the business dealings of his political rival former Vice President Joe Biden. Biden is the Democratic frontrunner of the 2020 presidential elections.
Shortly after the release of the transcript of their conversation, Clinton took to Twitter writing: "The president of the United States has betrayed our country. That's not a political statement — it’s a harsh reality, and we must act. He is a clear and present danger to the things that keep us strong and free," she wrote. "I support impeachment"
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, on Tuesday, announced a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump. The decision was made when Trump's call with Zelensky came under public scrutiny earlier this month after an intelligence community whistleblower lodged a formal complaint.
The complaint involved Ukraine and a phone call the president had with a foreign leader where Trump made a “promise." After the news broke, Trump admitted that he had delayed hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine before the July conversation. However, he claimed it was unrelated to his conversation with Zelensky about Biden.
The transcript of the controversial call released by the White House showed Trump pushing the Ukrainian leader to work with his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and the US Attorney General William Barr to investigate Biden.
In the call, Ukrainian president thanked Trump for the United States' defense support, saying his country was "almost ready" to purchase more American military technology. The US President then asked Zelensky to do him a "favor" and probe the "whole situation in Ukraine," including the Muller investigation and Biden.