Mnuchin on Trump's call with Ukraine president: 'Things are being implied that just don't exist'

Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOn The Money: Congress races to beat deadline on shutdown | Trump asks Supreme Court to shield financial records from House Democrats | House passes bill to explicitly ban insider trading Hillicon Valley: Pelosi works to remove legal protections for tech companies from USMCA | Treasury sanctions Russian group over 0 million hack | Facebook sues Chinese individuals for ad fraud | Huawei takes legal action against FCC Mnuchin to lawmakers: 'I'm highly encouraged you will' pass Trump's North America trade deal MORE said on Sunday that allegations that President Trump elicited dirt on former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump to hold campaign rally in Michigan Castro hits fundraising threshold for December debate Buttigieg draws fresh scrutiny, attacks in sprint to Iowa MORE, a 2020 White House hopeful, during a phone call with Ukraine's leader are merely speculation. 

"I think things are being implied that just don't exist," Mnuchin said on CNN's "State of the Union."


Mnuchin also told CNN's Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperDefense secretary fires Navy chief over SEAL war crimes case Democrats look to next steps in impeachment Schiff says he wants to speak with constituents before deciding on impeachment MORE that he wasn't personally on the call but that other people were. 

"I wasn't on the call, but I have no reason to believe the president pressured ... a foreign leader. I think this is a lot being made up about one person's speculation," he said. 

A whistleblower complaint filed last week reportedly includes information that Trump asked Ukrainian officials to investigate his political rival, but Trump denies that happened. 

Although Trump and his administration officials deny any wrongdoing or pressuring of Ukraine, they refuse to release a copy of the complaint or a transcript of the call. 

Tapper on Sunday pressed Mnuchin on why the White House is withholding information. 

"Conversations with foreign leaders are supposed to be confidential," he said, adding that it would be a "terrible" precedent to release the details.  

No evidence has emerged to suggest Biden acted with his son's interests in mind with regard to his dealings with Ukraine.