The call begins with Trump congratulating Zelensky on his poll victory, but quickly devolves into the U.S. president pushing for an investigation of his political rivals and endorsing an apparent conspiracy theory.
Does the memorandum of President Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky suggest a quid pro quo?
The rough transcript is not a full account of what was said on the call between Trump and Zelenskiy - meaning more details might yet emerge.
The White House has released a transcript of the controversial 25th July call between Donald Trump and Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky - meanwhile, U.S. lawmakers have begun a formal impeachment inquiry into the content of their conversation. Senator Warner said "we're going to take this one step at a time and I think it's terribly important to get the facts".
Harris included a video of her original grilling of Barr. This surprised several staffers because, as CNN has reported, Trump had not been interested in engaging with Ukraine in the past, believing Ukraine was a corrupt country that wasn't committed to reform. The White House released a transcript of that call on Wednesday. Also keep in mind that there is a whistleblower complaint related to the Trump-Ukraine situation that we don't know everything about, plus the news that DOJ has declined to act on a criminal referral related to the complaint.
President Trump said yesterday that he would release a transcript of his phone call.
The latest development comes after Trump confirmed he had withheld almost $400 million in United States aid to Ukraine but denied he did so as leverage to get its president to initiate an investigation that would damage Democratic political rival, Joe Biden.
Mr Trump on Sunday acknowledged that he discussed Mr Biden and Mr Biden's son Hunter, who had worked for a company drilling for gas in Ukraine, with President Zelenskiy.
The Obama administration repeatedly dodged questions about Hunter Biden's involvement with Burisma in 2014, amid heightened tensions between the United States and Russian Federation following the annexation of Crimea.
"Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it".
Toobin also argued that even if there wasn't a quid pro quo, it nearly doesn't matter, as Trump asking for dirt on his political opponent would still be "wildly inappropriate and potentially impeachable".
When a deadline to disclose the whistleblower report to Congress passed and the acting Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire, proceeded not to send the report over, the intelligence community inspector general, Michael Atkinson, notified House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff of an "urgent concern" that DNI has overruled.
Trump told Zelensky he would have Giuliani give him a simply call, and also have Attorney Typical William Barr connect with "to the base of it". "The president has not asked the attorney general to contact Ukraine on this or any other matter", the spokeswoman said.
"I'm sure you will figure it out".