UPDATE: Transcript released

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September 25, 2019

UPDATE: At this writing, the “transcript” of the phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was just released (technically, it’s not a verbatim transcript, but based on "notes and recollections" of those listening and memorializing the call.) 

It shows that Trump did bring up Ukraine looking into the firing of the prosecutor that Joe Biden was bragging about arranging, but as part of a wider discussion of cleaning up Ukrainian corruption.  He also referred to Crowdstrike, which I assume was part of asking the Ukrainian leader to help look into the 2016 Russian hacking of the DNC server (I thought the Democrats wanted Trump to do more to block Russian interference in our elections?)  

Despite all the accusations of Trump threatening to withhold aid from Ukraine if they didn’t investigate Biden, nothing like that appears in the transcript. Zelensky even thanks Trump for all his support for Ukraine.  You can read it all for yourself here:

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I’m not an attorney, so I’ll leave the legal analysis to the experts.  But at first layman’s glance, it sounds as if Trump is urging Ukraine to clean up its infamous corruption, which unfortunately included well-known accusations involving our former Vice President and his son that Joe Biden publicly bragged about.  As Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the US, Trump would be negligent if he knew about such allegations of abuse of power by a top US official and did nothing about them, but I guess the fact that Biden is a Democrat running for President now makes him immune from all laws (precedent established 2016.) 

And at first glance at the reactions, I predict that those who support Trump will say, “That’s all there is?” while his political opponents will scream, “We’ve got him now! BURN HIM!!”  In short, it will be another typical Wednesday like most others since November 2016. 

PS – One other point worth noting: Zelensky is effusive in his praise of Trump, saying he learned how to win elections and drain Ukraine's own corrupt swamp by watching Trump. I actually believe that, more than anything, is why the Democrats and the DC swamp dwellers are so desperate to get rid of Trump by any means possible.  He’s a worldwide existential threat to entrenched corrupt elitists everywhere.

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  • Brenda Vaughan

    09/29/2019 09:46 PM

    Mr. Huchebee,
    I would like to no what the average citizen can do to help so the Democrat can't get away with this? I sit here and read these things and can't hardly believe are Government can be so corrupt, and I'm angry that they feel no remorse for taking are lives for granted and no guilt for tearing down this wonderful country we live in. I will call my Senator Monday morning but I fell there should be more we can do to let our voices heard and not just sit back and wait to vote and hope they don't take that from us. It this point I'm not sure I would trust that to be even safe. Thank you and your daughter for all you have done,

    Brenda Vaughan God Bless and pray for all Americans and this wonderful country.

  • Kathy Wingate

    09/27/2019 12:22 AM

    I still can't believe they accuse of doing what Killery did, and it's no problem she hired foreign spys to dig up dirt on Trump, but if he mentions checking on Biden and his son, it's a crime leading to impeachment...can't they see what hypocrites they are? NO They don't care...they just want Trump out of office, no matter how, so I hope he has a great guard detail. It is way past time to drain the swamp....we need to pull out every crime, use of taxpayer money to pay women off, blowing taxpayer money on food and drink above and beyond what most taxpayers could ever afford, there could be a long list constructed, and then go after every one of them for all it's worth...So sick of their dumb hearings. Oh, and on another subject, how the heck did Iran get into the United Nations??? Was that another gift from Obummer??

  • Paulette Taylor

    09/26/2019 07:32 PM

    I guess the Democrats are so busy salivating over what they think is a victory if they forget God is watching.

  • Patty Aslin

    09/26/2019 01:00 PM

    It is such a shame that the radical/socialist Democrats hate President Trump more than they love America. It is so blatantly obvious that they are scared to death of President Trump, because he is exposing the swamp dwellers in DC and they know their time is short before the American people understand just how criminal they have been.....some I believe could be tried for TREASON and they know it! The Democrats in the DC swamp are like rabid animals who have been cornered with NO WAY OUT! The word LOSERS in the dictionary should have the correct definition of the word to read..... “RADICAL/SOCIALIST DEMOCRATS”!

  • george martinez

    09/26/2019 12:18 PM

    God has put Donald Trump as a President for a reason, and look what is happening..the truth shall prevail.

  • Sherry Merritt

    09/26/2019 11:43 AM

    I can't believe a theory that says our President would want to damage political opponent Biden. Even IF Biden won the nomination, he would take himself out with his mouth and the paper trails.

  • Carl fontain

    09/26/2019 11:30 AM

    Why hasn’t Hillary been arrested and treated like the criminal she is. She is a criminal

  • Rita Downey

    09/26/2019 10:24 AM

    My consolation, upon learning of this latest pathetic Democratic attempt to oust the president from office, is the feeling the Dems are really securing their defeat in the 2020 presidential election!!!

  • Vicky Capps

    09/26/2019 09:48 AM

    So I got to watch a little bit of Devin Nunes this morning. It was awesome! I hope you post it so that we can watch it in its entirety. My family and I ( and most everyone I know) are so sick of what the Democrats are doing and so very sick of them not getting any type of punishment for it.

  • Norma holmesz

    09/26/2019 09:22 AM

    So was Hunter Biden registered as a foreign agent? Was Biden ? Both broke US law, right?

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    09/26/2019 08:45 AM

    Just another delay in doing THEIR JOB! when will they do something for WE THE PEOPLE?

  • Lawrence Peters

    09/26/2019 05:14 AM

    Indeed! "Drain the swamps" in the Ukraine and especially here in Congress...…...BRAVO Mr. President!

  • Liliana Medhurst

    09/26/2019 03:39 AM

    I totally agree because of President Trump not only politicians who have a righteous ideals but professionals from every persuasion have been encouraged by the bold stand that Trump has made and continues to make against established globalist ideology that rips hope and every form of decency from average people.
    i never lived through the Depression but the Globalists are very nuch like the mafia of days gone by. Anyone who comes against them gets dealt with. The more l see what is happening in global politics the more l see evil in its most blatent form. Lord help us

  • Robert W. Brunner, M.D. (Dr.Bob)

    09/25/2019 11:21 PM

    Hello to Brother Mike,
    I have read your commentary, and I am very pleased with your analysis about why there is such extreme hatred of President Trump by the Democrats!! As you say in your analysis that a primary reason that the Democrats are so anxious to rid Washington D.C. of our extremely successful President Donald J. Trump is that he has a very excellent reputation in the world as an expert in ridding any country of "corrupt elitists everywhere!!" What a reputation!! This is the first time I have every read this, so I am very interested in the concept and will give it much thought over the next week or so! I think that he has a fixation on ex-Vice President Biden in that he has a very definite opinion that he believes that he ---Ex-V.P. Biden and his son Hunter need to be investigated for criminal acts in the nations of the Ukraine and China!

  • Juan Miguel Pallares_Numa

    09/25/2019 11:20 PM

    totally agree with you,
    God bless you governor,
    wish we had you in California instead of ours,
    blessings to your family

  • Jess B Maxwell

    09/25/2019 10:48 PM

    I believe your last statement “getting rid of corruption”, removing the deep state, putting people in jail who helped the DNC (Comey etc.) is the real reason they want Trump out of there rather than they hate him or just because he won the election. I believe “when” he get’s
    re-elected the sparks are really going to fly and they don’t want him around when it does.

  • Anne Amato

    09/25/2019 10:40 PM

    Dear Governor.....yes....strongly agree! Your last sentence "says it all".....
    "He (Trump) is a worldwide existential threat to entrenched corrupted elitists everywhere."
    I really, really do not understand how this President manages to get up every morning and face all the vile criticisms, the fake news, the continuous coup attempts. How many people could face all this every day, and still do his best for the people of this country?
    May God continue to bless President Trump...and the people of this country..... by keeping this President in office in 2020......and may God bless the United States of America!

  • Valerie Ridnouer

    09/25/2019 10:36 PM

    I am pleased with all who came out today against what the Left is trying to do to President Trump. It's beginning to almost look kindergarten what these Democrats are doing. Why don't we just stop the bologna and play Ring-Around-the-Nancy?! I hate to say it, but I don't see things getting any better if the Dem's are involved. With only months to go before the Election, anything can happen...that's what concerns me right now! Pray, pray, and pray some more America!

  • Harold Hansen

    09/25/2019 10:17 PM

    These people don’t know what they are doing. We’ll show them what we mean, when someday they’ll be living on socialism!
    They don’t know what they’re getting into !

  • Don Crumbley

    09/25/2019 09:59 PM

    Gov. Huckabee: In my opinion, after President Trump is re-elected in 2020, nothing will change aterwards with the Progressive Socialist Democrats, who have already hi-jacked the Democrat party. Had Hilary won the election in 2016, the thinking was we would all be on the "plantation" by 2020 and by the grace of God that did not happen. Now, after the 2016 results at the ballot box, the Socialist Democrats have materialized stronger and driven all of their viable Presidential contenders in 2020, to the far left of Hilary. The only way things are going to change for the better in this country, even after 2020, is for the "Rule of Law" to be restored for all, including the "Deep State" members that have broken the laws of the US and violated their Oath of Office to defend the Constitution of the United States of America, against all foreign and domestic enemies, so help them God. Until the Rule of Law restoration becomes readily apparent and begins happening to the rank and file resistance, top to bottom, the Socialist Democrat movement will continue to expand, as the country ages. It is my opinion that when these elites are legally held accountable, the treasonous deep state resistance, that began long before 2016, will wilt and fold away, back into the dark side shadows, from which it came. This means the US must always be vigilant to guard in the future against what has already transpired to date. Let the Rule of Law return for all and the resistance will wither and the sooner the better, in order to keep the principles upon which this country was founded. If this does not happen soon or is delayed further, there is a real danger of civil war in this country and the return of the Rule of Law for all will significantly reduce that danger. You only have to read the comments posted on the internet to understand the deep seated anger that exists today in the USA on all sides of a divided country.

  • Nancy Stremmel

    09/25/2019 09:36 PM

    I think President Donald Trump has been doing the job we voted him to do. I thank God for giving him to us. People have to remember when our for fathers left other counties , They changed their way of life to become American's. Today they want to leave their counties but bring everything with them. And all of their ways, A new start means changes, not just locations. Learn English. Thank you

  • Colleen Pasley

    09/25/2019 09:25 PM

    I am so tired of the Democrats doing everything they can to impeach Trump, but they are neglecting the one thing we elected them for. I know of NO legislation that the Democrats have enacted this year. Instead of concentrating on running the country they are instead obsessed with getting Trump out of office because he had the nerve to beat Hillary in 2016.

  • Linda C. Furlong

    09/25/2019 09:09 PM

    It looks like the transcript from the call with Ukraine's Zelensky leaves egg on the face of the dems.

  • Jimmy Humphrey

    09/25/2019 08:59 PM

    I have lost all respect for Trump. He took GOD’S Name in vain, God be damned, Twice in one speech.
    He needs to be impeached. He’s been good for America in different ways. He’s a fairytale Christian.

  • Sarah Menne

    09/25/2019 08:56 PM

    I've said it before and I'll say it again. The Democrat party is imploding. I've been praying for the "swamp to be drained" and for all lies and ungodly behaviors to be fully exposed. The Democrat party members are doing that to themselves, more and more each and every day. As shared before, I'm grateful that my Mom and Dad graduated into Heaven before seeing the degradation of their chosen political party. It has moved far, far away from its origination when there was actually a time when the party at least appeared to care for ALL U.S. citizens, not just for the power of the party itself.