Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris said Thursday that President Donald Trump and the White House’s own descriptions of his dealings with Ukraine demonstrate that the President thinks that he is above the law.
“The President told us what he did, and there is a transcript of what he did that was supplied by the White House,” Harris, a California Democrat, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on “Anderson Cooper 360.”
“It indicates very clearly that, yet again, Donald Trump is lawless – that he believes he is above the law, and that he can engage in blatant misconduct in the name of the United States of America for personal gain, and he thinks he can get away with it,” she added.
The White House on Wednesday released a rough transcript of a July 25 call showing that Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to work with his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and Attorney General William Barr to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. Trump on Wednesday denied any wrongdoing, saying there was “no pressure whatsoever” in his phone call with Zelensky. There is no evidence of wrongdoing by either Joe or Hunter Biden.
Harris also addressed the whistleblower complaint released Thursday, which alleged that Trump abused his official powers “to solicit interference” from Ukraine in the upcoming 2020 election, and that the White House took steps to cover it up.
Harris said that while an investigation into the complaint “needs to have integrity,” she later added, “I don’t think that it has to go on for months in order for us to reach a conclusion.”
“There is so much about what we need to know that we already know based on the information supplied to us by the White House and told to us by the President,” she said.
Harris accused Trump of using the presidential office “in a way that is about self-gain and political gain, especially when talking with the leader of a foreign government and bartering and bargaining and frankly holding American and US taxpayer dollars hostage until he gets what he wants politically.”