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

Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinDemocrats call Trump's COVID-19 response 'among the worst failures of leadership in American history' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump, Biden set for weekend swing state sprint Mnuchin says he learned of Pelosi's letter to him about stimulus talks 'in the press' MORE said on Sunday that allegations that President Trump elicited dirt on former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads Trump by 8 points nationally: poll Ivanka Trump raises million in a week for father's campaign On The Money: McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 | Lawmakers see better prospects for COVID deal after election 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 TapperDave Matthews: Trump rallies show 'disregard' for 'his greatest followers' Who is 'Anonymous' author Miles Taylor? Feehery: The best and the brightest 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.