Details from a controversial phone call made by President Donald Trump that has led the House of Representatives to introduce a formal impeachment inquiry against the US President is not expected to come from a recording, said the former White House and National Security Officials.
Due to standard the protocol of the White House for managing phone calls between the US President and other foreign leaders, a transcript is expected to be but together from written notes by the US officials who have to listen in.
On Tuesday, President Trump has said that a “complete, fully declassified and unreduced transcript” of July 25’s phone call would be released on September 25. In it, President Trump is reported to have forced Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Joe Biden, the front-runner of the US Democratic Presidential Election.
President Trump tweets, the transcription would make it clear that the phone call was “totally appropriate”.
However, standard practice when a President is discussing with a foreign leaders is not be recorded but to have at least two or sometimes more note-takers from the National Security Council on the phone call, claims a former senior NSC Official.
Those note-takers are themselves Central Intelligence Agency Officers on assignment to the NSC, he added.
Their notes perform as the principal record of such phone calls, said the former official. He wasn’t aware of any electronic recording made by the Government of America on phone calls between President Trump and Ukraine President.
Evelyn Farkas is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence during Barack Obama Presidency, claimed not only would any so-called transcript be based on notes, but it would also be imperfect because the note-takers usually don’t include issues that could be controversial if they became public.
Farkas said, “Typically a note-taker will write notes about what the principal says in a fashion that does not embarrass their principal.”
A former senior official of White House has agreed that there were doubtful to be a recording.
The official continued, “There’s no physical recording but there are a lot of people listening and taking contemporaneous notes of these calls,” adding that “when you read it, it looks almost like a transcript.”
However, the White House has made no comment.