Listen: Texts show reactions to Trump demands on Ukraine
"Breaking News Trump's quid pro quo so the president's own special envoy to Ukraine who resigned just days ago is providing the text messages to Congress so colonel. I just mentioned this right but he still there on behind in closed doors on capitol. Hill is now in his ninth hour of a deposition. He has handed over encrypted texts that he received and here's here's here's here's the key thing the top US diplomat too you diplomat to Ukraine and one of these texts rights he was very concerned about the president withholding aid money from Ukraine that career State State Department official wrote and he got a quote this. I think it's crazy to withhold security assistance for help with the political campaign so you can't get more clear than that. this is according to multiple reports this evening and the text came in early. September and the reason I want to emphasize that date is because that means that tax was sent before the news broke that there even was a whistleblower so trump's top diplomat in Ukraine believed before any of this public spectacle that the president of the United States withholding security assistance for help on his reelection campaign campaign of course trump has denied time and time again that there was a quid pro quo there was no quid pro quo at all. There was no quid quid pro. Quo You take a look at that. Cole was perfect I didn't do there was no quid pro quo but the top US diplomat and Ukraine obviously obviously believe otherwise and of course the transcript of the president's own phone call shows him asking for a favor from the Ukraine president when that president brought brought up. US military aid and today to make it seem that his actions with Ukraine were okay trump went out publicly and ask another country to interfere in the US election this time it's China a country. The United States is currently negotiating a trade deal with they should investigate the by because how does a company that's newly fully formed and all these companies you look and by the way likewise China started investigation into the by and by the way as I said said much more on that breaking story in just a moment I wanna point out the irony of what the president said there though because it is quite something you know the reason is because here's trump talking about China interfering in American elections just last year. Regrettably we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming twenty-eight teen election. We learned that they are trying to meddle in our election and we're not going to let that happen unless it's to help him. I mean here's the thing trump may be doubling down on asking foreign countries for help because he knows the facts on Ukraine there in black and white there on a transcript you can't hide bat and it could be from China too so he may want us to think this is all okay despite the hypocrisy that you just heard but president trump also knows that asking can you foreign country publicly for help may have worked before remember this Russia if you listening. I hope you're able to find the thirty thousand emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded. Mightily press he he is talking about Hillary Clinton's emails and his words then might have mattered because the Muller report concluded quote within five hours of trump's remark a Russian intelligence service began targeting targeting email accounts associated with Hillary Clinton for possible hacks talk about speaking publicly and getting private gain so tonight trump asks China to investigate his political rival level publicly and as I said we have some breaking details this hour about what he did privately. The president is doing this. Well aware that the biggest trade deal in history is on on the table. Everything matters with China right now and American consumers are paying higher prices as a result of that trade war. The president may be asking China to investigate instigate Biden maybe to give himself cover for a call that he knows the public may find out about with presidency or pres- cover for the private call with the president of Ukraine because remember the bottom line here. Is this crucial text tonight when the president asked a Ukraine for a favor that favor to bring it home here trump's top diplomat and Ukraine described it by saying quote. I think it's crazy to withhold security assistance for help with the political campaign. That's a quid pro. Quo that tax. I was sent on an encrypted server. Tech that was sent for Americans knew there was a missile blower a text. Nobody ever thought would see the light of day. It is attacks today. Trump on Kurt Volker showed Congress Congress as I said he is still behind closed doors and we're going to get to everything we know about that crucial testimony in just a minute on Capitol Hill with Maharaja first though the breaking developments here on China's China as I have been speaking Kylie Atwood is out front in Washington and Kylie. You have some breaking information about a phone call the president trump had with Chinese President Xi where he talked about Badin a call that was also stored and that's super classified system which I would not fit with protocol. Yeah that's right so over the summer in in June. President trump spoke over the phone with President Xi of China and he did bring up Joe Biden the former vice president who is now his most formidable double democratic opponent leading up to twenty twenty. He also brought up Elizabeth Warren now he brought him up in the sense of their political prospects. Warren was rising in the pull at the time and he talked about them politically he did not at that time according to sources familiar with this call encourage the Chinese to investigate Biden then but that is what he did publicly today and we should note that he came out to reporters and encouraged China to investigate Joe Biden now this phone phone call back in June. It did go into that secret that highly sensitive server that the Ukraine call went into It's a place where the White House stores stores these conversations that they want to keep particularly away from most people's eyes they don't want them to get out the other thing we should mention however is that the Chinese were thrown off guard today I spoke with a Chinese diplomat after these comments made by president trump and they said it was quite chaotic audit they had learned that trump wanted the Chinese to investigate Joe Biden by via the media reports and said that they had no interest the Chinese had no interest in getting cold in the US domestic political process but we'll see how this plays out. We really haven't seen a formal response from the Chinese yet all right. Thank you very much. Kylie obviously significant in light of the president's public requests to China today to investigate Joe Biden. I want to go to to Capitol Hill Right now. In Maharaja with crucial testimony mono as we are speaking still unfolding where you are that that text that that that I was just sharing and you know so much more. What are you learning about? Volcker has been telling Congress today like he's been in there for nine and a half hours and we were told that he actually just left so it appears that it it just finally wrapped up after a full day a marathon testimony behind closed doors getting questions from Republicans and Democrats alike now we've learned some aspects of of what he is told these three committees that are pushing forward on this impeachment inquiry and what he said and the aftermath of that phone call between Presidents Alinsky of Ukraine and President entropy which trump ASA Linski to launch an investigation into the Biden's. We're told that Volcker testified that he actually urged the Ukrainian government not to go forward with it and not to interfere with in US politics and he also made clear that there are questions that have been raised by the Ukrainian government meant repeatedly to him about why military aid have been withheld US military aid that had been approved by the US Congress. Why was that pornography provided to Ukraine. We're told by multiple sources that he had no good answers for that to the Ukrainian officials when he had been asked that was also there was a plan meeting that"