Scalise Claims WH Set Bad Precedent by Releasing Calls: ‘I Wish They Wouldn’t Have Released the Transcript’

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-S.C.) claimed that the White House set a bad precedent by releasing the transcripts to phone calls between the president and Ukrainian leaders.

On Wednesday morning, the White House released transcripts to a phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. This release was prompted by Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) decision to launch an official impeachment inquiry into the president based on portions whistleblower’s report that had been made public about Trump allegedly withholding military aid in return for dirt on 2020 competitor Joe Biden.

The transcripts didn’t exactly clear the air for the president, as many Democrats believe it shows a quid pro quo and many Republicans believe it exonerated the president.

While some Republicans have praised the transparency from the White House, Scalise broke from the group and admitted that he believes the president should not have agreed to release the transcripts, shocking “America’s Newsroom” host Bill Hemmer in the process.

Watch Scalise’s comments below:

“I wish they wouldn’t have released the transcript of a conversation with the president and another foreign leader because it’s not a good precedent to set. But the call itself — the transcript itself — didn’t show any crimes or quid pro quo which is what they were saying it was going to show. The idea that now they expect every conversation between the president and a world leader to be made public? Are they going to go back in time and do that with President [Barack] Obama or any other president? Frankly, I hope they don’t because it is not a good standard to set.”

As Scalise hinted, there have been calls from Democrats to get more calls from the White House.

As IJR previously reported, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) called for the transcripts of several calls made between President Trump and other world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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General Confusion
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You are more than confused, I Ching.
You have been punked.

The origin of the claim that the whistleblower law was “relaxed” is the Federalist. It is a lie. They made it up.

Also, the currently anonymous whistleblower did everything according to the book. His complaint is totally legitimate. You are spreading bull$hit. Why?

General Confusion
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“I’m almost certain when the TRUTH comes out it will be found there was NO real whistleblower; that the so-called “whistleblower’s report” was written entirely by DemocRAT (Socialists) politicians and their equally corrupt partners in the MSM in yet another attempt to unseat a duly elected POTUS.” Confused James

James, James, James. Really? No whistleblower? Seriously? How confused can you get?

You really need help.

General Confusion
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“despite General’s blantant racism – seriously wtf is your problem General?” Phoenix You are confused, Phoenix. There is no problem. I Ching likes making derogatory names for people he doesn’t like, such as me. I was waiting for something to click for making one for him, then he delivered one for himself. Nothing racist at all. It was HIS choice. One day, he created a new ID which he doesn’t use anymore. If I remember right, he used “I Chang”. Since I still have my copy of the “I Ching”, the oldest of the Chinese classics, I thought perfect. Since… Read more »

James
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>Screwtape<

Are you kidding me? Do you expect Hillary to release all her phone conversations when she deleted over 33,000 subpoenaed emails (one FBI report said 49,000), destroyed laptops, Blackberry phones, SIM cards and used an illegal email server to HIDE conversations between her, her maid, Huma Abedin, and the Kenyan Marxist in the WH from FOIA requests and Government records? C'mon. NO one here on the IJR site is that gullible to believe that would EVER happen. It's certainly clear by now the laws don't apply to the political criminals on the Left.

Cherl
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Well, James and Screwtape you’ve got the trolls out in full force. Babbling and slobbering over something that sounds suspicious. This type of “whistleblowing “ (so sick of hearing that word ever few minutes) was called tattling and gossip. But when your goal is to attempt to remove a president nothing is out of bounds. These crazies like Schumer and Nadler were after Trump before he became president.

James
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I’m almost certain when the TRUTH comes out it will be found there was NO real whistleblower; that the so-called “whistleblower’s report” was written entirely by DemocRAT (Socialists) politicians and their equally corrupt partners in the MSM in yet another attempt to unseat a duly elected POTUS. It seems no individual person or holdover from the abysmal rein of #44 or anyone who only concocted the fairy tale as a “whistleblower” was present or privy to Trump’s phone conversations . I don’t recollect there being any whistleblowers when Biden was using taxpayer money ($1 Billion) as leverage to squash an… Read more »

Phyllis Softa
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Screw, Could you share with us your credentials for disputing the findings of ICIG that this is an “urgent” and “credible” complaint? WHAT exactly in the whistleblower’s complaint regarding the phone call is disputed in the WH’s release on the summary of the phone call. You are not a stooge. Stop pretending that you are.

Phoenix
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Screwtape – despite General’s blantant racism – seriously wtf is your problem General? – i agree with him. The “relaxed” wording in a form does not impact the laws – those were changed in 2016. Also, while the acting intelligence director noted that this was not firsthand, he did note that the complaint was accurate according to the summary released. So what ARE you really complaining about when the complaint was made 2nd hand? See how i said that if a complaint was made through proper channels? Not everything should be released, but i don’t mind both foreign and American… Read more »

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