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Trump Plans Fireside Chat for American People, Will Include Reading of Ukraine Transcript

Republican President Donald Trump said that he plans to read the transcript of his July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a “fireside chat” with Americans.

The call, which included Trump asking Zelensky to look into his countrys interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, led to House Democrats launching an impeachment inquiry against Trump. The House approved a resolution Thursday to continue the inquiry.

“This is over a phone call that is a good call,” Trump told the Washington Examiner. “At some point, Im going to sit down, perhaps as a fireside chat on live television, and I will read the transcript of the call, because people have to hear it. When you read it, its a straight call.”

President Franklin D. Roosevelt conducted a series of addresses to the nation in the 1930s over the radio that were known as fireside chats.

Roosevelt was trying to build up support for his New Deal policies and other issues.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt addresses the nation over a national radio hook-up, while Eleanor Roosevelt and the presidents mother, Sarah, sit watching on the other side of the fireplace. (Keystone/Getty Images)

“He used these opportunities to explain his hopes and ideas for the country, while inviting the citizenry to tell me your troubles,'” according to the National Endowment for the Humanities. “The combination of the novelty and intimacy of radio with the believability of his message created a powerful force that enabled him to pass a sweeping set of legislation in the first 100 days of his presidency and then go on to many other accomplishments in the following twelve years.”

Trump has repeatedly said the call with Zelensky was “perfect” and that he did nothing wrong. Democrats say Trumps request for Zelensky to look into what former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Bidens son, Hunter Biden, did in Ukraine in the past amounts to a request to dig up dirt on a political rival because the elder Biden is vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Biden said last year that in 2016 he threatened to withhold $1 billion in aid from Ukraine unless then-President Petro Poroshenko ousted Viktor Shokin, a prosecutor probing the energy firm Burisma.

Hunter Biden sat on the board of Burisma from 2014 to 2018, making tens of thousands of dollars a month.

Both Bidens have denied wrongdoing.

Ukrainian prosecutor general Viktor Shokin holds a press conference in Kiev on Nov. 2, 2015. Shokin has claimed he was pressured to drop a probe into Burisma, a Ukrainian company that employed Joe Bidens son, Hunter. (Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images)

Shokin was ousted and the probe was eventually closed without anRead More – Source

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