Ed Henry: ‘It’s In The President’s Interest’ To Release Trump, Ukraine Call Transcript


Fox News chief national correspondent Ed Henry says that he has some new information pertaining to the phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Henry said that he has talked to a senior Trump administration official who believes the transcript of the call should be released because quite frankly there is no there there.

There was no quid pro quo and no threat to national security. What could be a problem is releasing a transcript of President Trump talking with a foreign leader because it could cause other leaders to refuse to talk for fear the conversation would be released.

Secondly, if they did turn it over to Congress, Adam Schiff would see it and he is a notorious leaker.

Henry said:

“I’ve got some new information tonight about a July phone call between the president of the United States and his Ukrainian counterpart that’s at the center of this controversy. Details suggesting Democrats and pundits in the media may be overreaching. A senior administration official familiar with the transcript of that call told me it is way overblown to suggest there was any threat at all to national security. This top official saying ‘The media better be careful with this. There is no there there. It’s in the president’s interest to put the transcript of the call out and show there was no quid pro quo.’”

“So here’s the point, that ‘Wall Street journal’ scoop you mentioned – the ‘Washington Post’ also has a report on this tonight – they both say the president did not, basically, mention foreign aid on the phone call in July, there was no quid pro quo that basically, we will give you the money if you open up this Biden investigation, and that may be why this senior official in the Trump administration is telling me today, the White House should simply release the transcript, Martha, because this official believes having reviewed it, is going to be messy, maybe this isn’t the best thing to do but it didn’t break the law and it didn’t threaten national security. I don’t know, I haven’t seen the transcript, but that is what I’m hearing from this administration official.”

“But obviously there is a standard. You could do things that don’t break the law that could still be quite messy. But the bottom line is if there is no quid pro quo here. This might be another case of the Democrats ginning something up for impeachment that turns out to be a whole lot of nothing.”

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