Thursday, October 3, 2019

Pentagon wasn't listening to Trump call with Ukraine's Zelenskiy

October 3, 2019
12:57 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - No one from the U.S. Defense Department was listening to a July phone conversation between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that is at the heart of a House of Representatives impeachment inquiry, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

Democrats accuse Trump of using U.S. military aid as leverage in an attempt to enlist Ukraine’s help in investigating Democratic rival Joe Biden ahead of the November 2020 election. The call, and who from the Trump administration was on it, as was Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, has become a matter of congressional interest.

Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman told a news briefing that the department’s general counsel’s office has directed all pertinent Ukraine-related documents and records be provided for cataloguing and review. He noted congressional interest in a possible investigation by the Pentagon’s Inspector General.

Reporting by Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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