Late night hosts have theories on why Trump released such an incriminating transcript of his Ukraine call

Late night hosts marvel that Trump released impeachable transcript
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"Boy, when it Ukraines, it pours," Jimmy Kimmel said on Wednesday's Kimmel Live. The main event of this "nutso day" was President Trump releasing a partial transcript of his now-infamous phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, he said. "And what a transcript this was — this is like if O.J. told Chris Darden, 'Hey, you found my glove!'"

Trump "clearly only had reason for making this call, and that was to strongly encourage President Zelensky to find information that could hurt Trump's opponents and hurt his campaign," Kimmel said. "That is the conclusion any reasonable person who reads this would draw," but Trump "seems to have no idea of how bad it is — who would have guessed that Volodymyr Zelensky would be his Monica Lewinsky?" The transcript show that Trump's call "was very clearly a thinly veiled extortion request," he said, comparing Trump to the mob boss on The Sopranos. "At least Tony Soprano knew when his conversations were being recorded and that he should avoid saying illegal things. If Tony Soprano ran the mob like this, he wouldn't have made it past Episode 3."

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