Trump urges allies to not 'be led into the fools trap' of saying Ukraine call 'was not perfect, but is not impeachable'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice says it will recommend Trump veto FISA bill Fauci: Nominating conventions may be able to go on as planned Poll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally MORE on Sunday urged Republican lawmakers not to fall into the "fools trap" of saying his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was "not perfect, but is not impeachable."

In a tweet he again referred to the conversation at the center of the House impeachment inquiry, in which he urged Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenProsecutor investigating whether Tara Reade gave false testimony as expert witness Poll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally George Floyd's sister says Minneapolis officers should be charged with murder MORE, as "perfect."

"The call to the Ukrainian President was PERFECT. Read the Transcript! There was NOTHING said that was in any way wrong. Republicans, don’t be led into the fools trap of saying it was not perfect, but is not impeachable," Trump tweeted.

"No, it is much stronger than that. NOTHING WAS DONE WRONG!" he added.

Trump has frequently used the refrain "read the transcript!" to respond to critics of the conversation he had with Zelensky, while Democrats and some conservative critics have argued that it was improper for the president to press a foreign leader to open a criminal investigation into Biden, a front-runner for the 2020 Democratic nomination.


Republican defenders of the president have largely argued that the president's actions were not improper because, they assert, military aid to Ukraine was not held up over the request for an investigation into Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

Some GOP lawmakers have, however, criticized the president for bringing up an investigation into Biden, such as House Armed Services ranking Republican member Rep. Mac ThornberryWilliam (Mac) McClellan ThornberryBoosting military deterrence in the Indo-Pacific region Overnight Defense: Pentagon memo warns pandemic could go until summer 2021 | Watchdog finds Taliban violence is high despite US deal | Progressive Dems demand defense cuts Progressives demand defense budget cuts amid coronavirus pandemic MORE (Texas), who called Trump's actions "inappropriate," but not impeachable.