Pence: Trump has been 'completely vindicated' with Ukraine call readout

Vice President Pence said Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed MORE has been “completely vindicated” by the released transcript of his call with Ukraine’s president.

“The president did nothing wrong,” Pence told Fox Business Network host Lou DobbsLouis (Lou) Carl DobbsOn The Money: Trump rules out total rollback of Chinese tariffs | Buttigieg unveils T child care, college, housing plan | Global billionaires' wealth falls for first time since 2015 Trump rules out total rollback of Chinese tariffs Trump trade adviser pushes back on reports of US-China tariff deal MORE in an exclusive interview that aired Wednesday night. “He had a conversation with a world leader [and] spoke about issues that were appropriate issues related to our strong relationship with Ukraine, and it was nothing more than that.”

“From the day after the election, Democrats have been trying to overturn the results” of the 2016 election, Pence said, and “it’s just not going to work.” 

Pence’s comments come hours after the Trump administration released five pages of the highly anticipated readout of the president’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that has become subject to increased scrutiny in recent days over reports that Trump urged Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Media organization fights Trump administration over Ukraine documents FOIA Buttigieg releases list of campaign bundlers MORE.


During the call, the memo shows Trump urging Zelensky to speak with his personal attorney, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiDOJ releases memos backing Trump immunity claims ahead of impeachment vote Giuliani to Trump after Ukraine trip: I got 'more than you can imagine' Conservative group hits White House with billboard ads: 'What is Trump hiding?' MORE, and urging the Ukrainian president to "look into" his unsubstantiated allegations against Biden.

The readout offered new fuel for Democratic lawmakers who on Tuesday launched a formal impeachment inquiry against Trump, while some Republicans brushed off the memo as nothing new and nothing to justify articles of impeachment.

Trump, who authorized the memo’s release, had argued it would show that there was nothing improper in his call. During a press conference after it became public, he accused Democrats of a “hoax” and a “witch hunt.”

“Two-and-a-half years of reckless accusations — obstruction, collusion with the Russians, all of that panned out to be nothing,” Pence told Dobbs on Wednesday. “I think the American people have had enough.”

CORRECTION: Lou Dobbs is a host on Fox Business Network. A previous version of this story included incorrect information.