President Donald Trump is trolling Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) after the Republican lawmaker called for the release of the transcript over the controversial call between the president and Ukraine’s president.
A whistleblower complaint sparked controversy on Friday as the report alleged that Trump repeatedly asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to dig up information about former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, as IJR reported.
Romney expressed concerns about the controversial phone call in the days following— as a few other GOP lawmakers knocked the complaint over the weekend.
“If the President asked or pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his political rival, either directly or through his personal attorney, it would be troubling in the extreme,” Romney tweeted on Sunday, adding, “Critical for the facts to come out.”
Additionally, the Utah senator blasted the “alleged” move by the president on Monday, calling it “very inappropriate and a very serious allegation itself.”
He added, “I think it would be very helpful to get the transcript. … Absolutely, let’s see the transcript.”
If the President asked or pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his political rival, either directly or through his personal attorney, it would be troubling in the extreme. Critical for the facts to come out.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) September 22, 2019
In a late Monday video, Trump mocked the Republican senator’s failed presidential bid in 2012 against former President Barack Obama.
The video then shifts to Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election against failed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Watch the video below:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2019
However, Romney isn’t the only Republican lawmaker looking for more details into the call.
“If there is some transcript or something available from that conversation, hopefully eventually we’ll see it and everybody will be able to know what was said,” Senate Republican Whip John Thune (S.D.) said on Monday. “The president has described it as a very appropriate conversation, but I think we’ll see what the facts say.”
Additionally, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said, “The law is clear that if the inspector general of the intelligence community receives a whistleblower complaint that the IG [inspector general] deems is urgent that that is to be reported to the leaders of the Intelligence committees.”
Congressional Democrats have used the whistleblower report as means to escalate calls for Trump’s impeachment. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) made it clear that acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire has until Thursday to turn over the report.
“I believe it’s extremely important that their work be handled in a secure setting with adequate protections in a bipartisan fashion, and based on facts rather than leaks to the press,” McConnell said on the Senate floor Monday.