Washington – CBS News has learned the full content of a memo that the whistleblower sent one day ago seems to have written a conversation with President Trump Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July.
The July 26th memo is based on a conversation the whistleblower had with a nameless White House official listening to the call.
According to a source familiar with the matter, the memo was one of the factors that led the Inspector General of Intelligence to declare the official complainant's complaint of 12 August to be credible. The Inspector General said Friday behind closed doors in front of the three-member committee that headed the impeachment investigation.
The call of the president with Zelensky took place on the morning of July 25. The whistleblower wrote the memo the next day after talking to the official in the afternoon. The whistleblower wrote that he or she had talked to the White House official "for a few minutes" and summarized their conversation.
According to the memo, the White House official described the content of the call as "crazy," "scary," and "completely empty of national security.
The whistleblower said the officer was "visibly shaken by what had happened and wanted to brief a trusted colleague in the US national security apparatus."
The whistleblower's summary of the officer's report White House on the call largely consistent with the call log published by the White House, although some details are missing.
The full text of the memo, as described in CBS News:
July 26, 201
Following is a record of a conversation I had with a White House official yesterday afternoon about President Trump's phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who was clearly shaken by what he was doing had happened, and seemed to be out to be a trusted colleague in the national self information about the call. After my call to that officer, I returned to my office [redacted] and wrote down my best memory of what I had heard.
The official described the call as "crazy", "scary" and "completely empty of national security". The official claimed that the president had used the call to persuade the Ukrainian authorities to investigate his political rivals, mainly former Vice President Biden and his son Hunter. The official said there was already a conversation with White House attorneys about the handling of the discussion, as the president clearly committed a crime by asking a foreign power to investigate a US person in order to move forward its own re-election offer in 2020.
The phone call lasted about half an hour. The two leaders spoke through interpreters. My conversation with the official lasted only a few minutes, and as a result I received only highlights:
- The President claimed that "everything started in Ukraine" and referred to allegations of foreign interference in the 2016 US presidential election and the subsequent investigation Contacting Trump Campaign with Russian Persons
- The President called on Zelenskyy to locate and hand over the Crowdstrike server to the United States, claiming that Crowdstrike was a "Ukrainian company" DNC servers from which Russian hackers stole data and e-mail leaked in mid-2016, and the DNC cybersecurity firm Crowdstrike's forensic analysis briefing the FBI investigation referred to the allegation that Crowdstrike was a Ukrainian company, one of its co-founders was born in Moscow.)
- The President nt told Zelenskyy that he would send his colleague rsonal lawyer, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani of New York, soon traveled to the Ukraine and asked Zelenskyy to meet him. Zelenskyy reluctantly agreed that Giuliani would see him when he traveled to the Ukraine.
- The President raised the case of Burisma Holdings, Hunter Biden's role in the company and the role of former Vice President Biden in establishing Ukraine policy. The president asked Zelenskyy to investigate [Bidens] [end page 1] and stated that Giuliani would continue to discuss this topic during his trip to Kiev with Zelenskyy, a good job. (Note: Lutsenko has cited several politicized investigations, including Burisma Holdings and alleged "Ukrainian interference" in the 2016 US presidential election. Lutsenko is widely vilified in Ukraine and Zelenskyy has pledged to dismiss him, but was unable to Approval of obtaining legislators.)
- The President said he wanted Attorney General William Barr to speak with Zelenskyy as soon as possible. (Note: It was not clear whether this conversation should refer to Crowdstrike or the Bidens' investigation.)
- The President reiterated his concern that Zelenskyy was surrounded by people who were enemies of the President, including "bad oligarchs ".
The President did not raise any security assurances, according to the official, Zelenskyy was suspicious of most of the President's requests.
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