Donald Trump DID repeatedly push Ukraine president to re-open Biden probe, transcript of phone call reveals

Donald Trump DID repeatedly push Ukraine president to re-open Biden probe, transcript of phone call reveals

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A TRANSCRIPT of a telephone conversion shows Donald Trump repeatedly prodded the Ukraine president to re-open Biden probe.

In the call, the US leader raised unsubstantiated allegations that Biden, the former vice president and Democrat candidate in the 2020 election, sought to interfere with a Ukrainian prosecutor’s investigation of his son Hunter.

Donald Trump urged Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden, a phone transcript shows
Donald Trump urged Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden, a phone transcript shows
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Trump said to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy: “There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that.”

The conversation between the two leaders is one piece of a whistleblower’s complaint, which followed the July 25 call. The complaint is central to the formal impeachment inquiry launched Tuesday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The release of the rough transcript set the parameters of the political debate to come, with Trump dismissing it as routine and Democrats saying it laid the ground for an impeachment inquiry.

The connection to Attorney General William Barr marked a new and potentially more serious issue for Trump because it shows he took steps to involve the US government with a foreign country to investigate a political rival.

Trump aides believed that his oblique, message-by-suggestion style of speaking would not lend itself to the discovery of a “smoking gun” in the transcript. His messages to his staff were at the center of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into obstruction of justice in the Trump-Russia case.

One example in the transcript: Trump says to Zelenskiy, “I would like for you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it.”

Trump has recently confirmed that he ordered the freezing of nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine a few days before the call.

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