‘Troubling in the Extreme’: Romney Expresses Concern over Trump’s Call with Ukrainian Leaders

Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) told reporters that the transcript of President Donald Trump‘s conversations with Ukranian officials was “troubling.”

President Trump released the transcripts of a controversial phone call he had with Ukrainian leadership about a potential investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden‘s dealings with his son, Hunter Biden.

The transcripts show that Trump did request Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden. The debate over this conversation lies in whether Trump pressured Zelensky, specifically by refusing military aid if he did not cooperate.

That point is still being hashed out, but Romney told reporters that it was “deeply troubling” for Trump to have been discussing such matters.

Watch Romney’s comments below:

“I did read the transcripts. It remains troubling in the extreme. It’s deeply troubling. […] There’s a process the House is pursuing. The Senate is also looking at the testimony of the whistleblower. So there’s an evaluation of gathering the facts.”

Romney declined to comment on whether he supports the House moving forward with the official impeachment inquiry, noting that he would leave it to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to make those decisions.

“That’s not advice I’m going to be providing to the House or to the speaker. She’s able to do what she feels is right. That’s up to her,” said Romney, adding, “But at this stage, the process is to continue gathering information, but clearly what we’ve seen from the transcript itself is deeply troubling.”

Romney is the only Republican Senator to express such misgivings about the transcript, as Republicans like South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham have called the transcript a “nothing (non-quid pro quo) burger.”

Prior to the release of the transcripts, Romney had already expressed concern over the situation.

That, of course, did not go over well with President Trump. As IJR previously reported, Trump took to Twitter to mock Romney for his loss to President Barack Obama in 2012.

What do you think?


newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Jim Hicks

Nothing troublesome in the transcript at all. What is troublesome is having to go through all the POTUS phone calls because the Dems are taking issue with all he does.

Teresa DeBerardinis Huggins

Listen to the people that know Mitt! This is not a crime, but a difference of policy. AFter reading everything, I truely believe that also! This person was a plant, he took information that was LEAKED (a crime) and filed a complaint, which as many believe, was written by an attorney. The complaint was dated 8/12. In august the Intl Community changed the protocol of the complaint forms to INCLUDE hearsay… On August 28th Schiff tweets out a statement that sounds like it was lifted from the complaint, which he stated at the hearing last week, he hadn’t seen prior… Read more »

Edmund Hickey

Based on his actions I am sure Romney is a RINO. Why the people of Utah would even want him in their Senate seat mystifies me. He is definitely anti-Trump and has voted in opposition to Conservative goals. I guess it is too much to hope for that he will be a one-term senator. If Democrats were looking for a good replacement to anti-Trump Jeff Flake, from Arizona, they found one in Romney.

General Confusion

So just stating the term of a Congressman is worthy of a down vote?

You guys are confusing. It shows just how childish some of you really are. You aren’t voting on content, you are only voting against the person.


>Phyllis Softs< As you seem to forget, the so-called "Mueller Report" was a waste of 22 months of time, $35+ Million taxpayer dollars, over 400 pages of good paper and the bias of 19+ DemocRATic ambulance chasers (and the big bucks they raked in for their personal bank accounts). Why would anyone want to waste time reading it? Time and money would have been better spent to bring to light MORE of the Clinton mobsters activities, their lack of understanding of the Espionage Act; understanding what "subpoenaed emails" means in legal terms; THEN indict and imprison. I haven't and won't… Read more »

Phyllis Softa

Blue, Romney is in the first year of his 6 yr Senate term. Where is it that you think he is going? Even if you are registered to vote in Utah, he is not up for re-election until 2024.

General Confusion

“I would think it would be up to AG Barr to investigate Biden” Confused James

Do you realize the A.G. Barr is involved in this schmozzle, too?

You are confused. He has to recuse himself from any investigation.


Why is POTUS asking the leader of a foreign country to engage with his personal lawyer/political hack? Think about that-there are channels for governments to communicate. Why did Trump decide to go outside those channels?





A ‘Nothing’ Burger: Conservatives React to Unclassified Trump-Zelenskyy Phone Call Transcript

Adam Schiff

Rep. Adam Schiff Calls Trump’s Call With Ukraine ‘a Classic Mafia-Like Shakedown of a Foreign Leader’