(CNSNews.com) – President Donald Trump denied knowing anything about U.S. Ambassador William Taylor’s testimony on Wednesday that Taylor’s aide overheard Trump asking U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland how things are “proceeding with investigations.”
During a joint White House press conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday, Fox News White House Correspondent John Roberts asked Trump about testimony that Taylor provided to Congress during the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment hearing earlier that day.
“I know that you didn’t spend a lot of time glued to the TV today, but there was one moment where Ambassador Bill Taylor recounted a conversation that an aide of his overheard. It was the day after the phone call with Zelensky, on July the 26th, in which the aide says that he overheard you say to Sondland, ‘How are things going with the -- proceeding with investigations?’ Sondland repeated back to you, according to this aide, that ‘Ukraine was prepared to do everything that you wanted it to do,’” Roberts said.
When asked whether that was correct, Trump said, “I know nothing about that. First time I've heard it. The one thing I've seen that Sondland said was that he did speak to me for a brief moment, and I said, ‘No quid pro quo under any circumstances.’ And that’s true, and the other -- I'd never heard this,” Trump said.
“I don’t recall. No, not at all, not even a little bit. The only thing -- and I guess Sondland has stayed with his testimony that there was no quid pro quo - pure and simple,” he added.
Asked for his reaction to the impeachment hearings and whether the Democrats made their case as well as how he feels about the Republican performance, Trump said, “Are you talking about the witch hunt? Is that what you mean? Is that what you’re talking about? I hear it’s a joke. I haven’t watched. I haven’t watched for one minute, because I’ve been with the president, which is much more important, as far as I’m concerned.
This is a sham and shouldn’t be allowed. It was a situation that was caused by people that shouldn’t have allowed it to happen. I want to find out who is the whistleblower, because the whistleblower gave a lot of very incorrect information, including my call with the President of Ukraine, which was a perfect call and highly appropriate, and he wrote something that was much different than the fact.
“I want to find out why the IG -- why would he have presented that, when, in fact, all he had to do was check the call itself and he would have seen it. I’m going to be releasing -- I think, on Thursday -- a second call, which actually was the first of the two. And you’ll make a determination as to what you think there, but I’ve heard -- just a report -- they said it’s all third-hand information. Nothing direct at all. It can’t be direct because I never said it.
And all they have to do is look very, very simply at the transcript. If you read the transcript -- this was analyzed by great lawyers. This was analyzed by Gregg Jarrett. It was analyzed by Mark Levin. It was analyzed by everybody. They said this statement that I made -- the whole call that I made with the president of Ukraine was a perfect one.
So -- that this country gets put through that, that we have to waste this gentleman’s time by even thinking about it, talking about it -- I’d much rather focus on peace in the Middle East, and I hear that it’s -- I hear that it’s a hoax, and it’s being played as a hoax. That’s what I hear, but you’ll have to tell me.