Trump and several others have already acknowledged that he brought it up, but insisted it was totally unconnected to the cuts to military aid that happened just days before.
Its weird over about 48 hours they went from a fairly consistent denial, and hardline stonewalling. To escalating acknowledgement, and just handing over the shit that was getting subpoenaed and sued for.
For previous stuff the stories were never consistent, changes and admissions spooled out over weeks. And they’re still fighting disclosure and subpoenas months and months later.
It’s very weird. The attacks are the same. But its all moving much faster and the admissions are more direct.
Apparently, partially for Nixon reasons, its not common to record these sorts of conversations. But notes are taken by multiple CIA agents tasked to the White House or DNI. They put the official transcript together from those notes and file it. So assuming they followed protocol, and this thing is at least based on such a transcript. There were 3-5 non-White House intelligence officers present.
This thing also says multiple calls with Rudy Tooti took place, and that one with Barr was at least on the table. And there were apparently multiple Trump calls. I’m sure even if this thing hasn’t been altered, they picked the least incriminating thing to put out. But there’s a lot more stuff to chase after just based on that text.
It definitely flips the script. The non-insane now have the easy, clear claim. While team Trump gets to be bogged down in complex shit that’s hard to explain to the public.
The fact that they voluntarily released an official document containing a giant paragraph where Trump clearly and undeniably does the thing he’s accused of is pretty remarkable.
As I discussed above, there is unlikely to be a formal 100% transcript or recording. But there will be more notes, likely multiple sets. Along with multiple less Trump controlled witnesses
Plus what the fuck is Trump’s personal attorney, the guy who was supposedly representing him in the Mueller probe doing involved with this?
A guy with no official position or authority, who’s job is to personally protect Trump is making calls to foreign leaders on the White House’s behalf?
Primarily of RICO cases IIRC, but there’s some sketch on his record. Favors done, things that went away.
What he did was strip mine NYC for real estate developers. And even when he was New Yorks mayor he was a weird mother fucker who wasn’t without his personal scandals.
What happened is he became nationally famous after 9/11 for it’s 9/11 reasons, and became a TV talking head where he didn’t need to check his shit. Guy hasn’t generally practiced law in decades, and his law firm wasn’t exactly the classy sort.
Guiliani’s association with Trump and his ilk goes back a loooooong way. He’s essentially built his career on serving the ultra-rich, and he’s a consummate political cynic. He’ll believe whatever he needs to to further empower himself.