BISMARCK — The conversation between President Donald Trump and the Ukrainian leader was "entirely appropriate," North Dakota Republican Sen. Kevin Cramer said Wednesday, Sept. 25, after a rough transcript of the phone call was released.
During the July phone call, Trump suggested Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky work with Attorney General William Barr to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat seeking to unseat Trump, and his son. The call was the subject of a whistleblower complaint, according to the Washington Post, and has generated enough backlash to prompt House Democrats to launch a formal impeachment inquiry.
Cramer, a close Trump ally, said Democrats rushed to impeachment based on "false allegations from an unknown bureaucrat."
"The conversation between President Trump and President Zelensky was entirely appropriate," he said in a statement. "It did not need to be read by every member of Congress or the American people, and I am concerned about the precedent this sets for future conversations between world leaders."
Democrats, meanwhile, have viewed the description of the call as much more damning and furthered allegations that Trump abused his presidential powers to target a political rival.
Prior to the rough transcript's release, the other two Republican members of North Dakota's congressional delegation, Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Kelly Armstrong, also criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's announcement that Democrats would begin impeachment proceedings.