As of Saturday, Nov. 16, yet another name has been added to the growing list of top-level officials in the United States and Ukraine who have confirmed that President Donald Trump’s July 25th call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was on the up and up.
The latest confirmation came from Tim Morrison, the former the top U.S. presidential adviser on Russia and Europe on the White House National Security Council.
In testimony delivered during a closed-door congressional hearing last month, Morrison confirmed his belief that “nothing improper … occurred during the call.” Representative Mark Meadows described the Democrats’ demeanor during that testimony as “looking like they’re sucking lemons.”
Morrison testified that:
-The transcript of the call is accurate
-He was concerned about leaks
-There was absolutely nothing improper or illegal on the call pic.twitter.com/13dpLfZMv4
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) November 16, 2019
While he didn’t utter those words himself, they were asked by congressional Republicans: “And in your view, there was nothing improper that occurred during the call?”
“Correct,” Morrison replied.
He later reiterated this sentiment in his own words when asked to clarify what about the call did concern him.
“I had three concerns about a potential leak of the [transcript]: first, how it would play out in Washington’s polarized environment; second, how a leak would affect the bipartisan support our Ukrainian partners currently experience in Congress; and, third, how it would affect the Ukrainian perceptions of the U.S.-Ukraine relationship.”
He then added, “I want to be clear: I was not concerned that anything illegal was discussed.”
It appears his only concerns centered around the possibility that the transcript would be leaked and the president’s political enemies — i .e., Democrats — would exploit it (and place America’s U.S.-Ukraine relationship at risk) for political purposes.
Sadly, it appears his concerns were warranted.
These and other revelations can be found in a transcript of his testimony that was finally released by House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff on Saturday, a total of 16 days after he testified to Congress behind closed doors, and three days after the Democrats’ impeachment hearings officially went public.
View the entire transcript below: