READ: Memo of President Trump’s call with Ukraine’s president
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Trump has released a transcript of his July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, The memo, which is flagged not being a verbatim transcript of a conversation.
The call is at the center of a controversy over whether Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a potential election rival.
President Donald Trump repeatedly prodded Ukraine’s new leader to work with Rudy Giuliani and the U.S. attorney general to investigate Democratic political rival Joe Biden, according to a rough transcript summarizing the call released Wednesday.
In the call, Trump raised allegations that Biden sought to interfere with a Ukrainian prosecutor’s investigation of the former vice president’s son Hunter.
“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,” Trump said to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
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.