Trump Urged Ukraine Leader To Investigate Joe Biden, Transcript Reveals

Thursday, 26 Sep, 2019

Trump has called Democratic inquiries into the matter a "witch hunt", but has admitted to discussing Biden as part of a larger discussion of "corruption" in that July 25 phone call.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who had for months resisted calls inside her party for Trump's impeachment, announced her decision after meeting with members of her party on Tuesday.

"You will see it was a very friendly and totally appropriate call", Trump said.

Trump confirmed on Tuesday that he withheld roughly $400 million in congressionally mandated military aid to Ukraine in the week leading up to his call with Zelensky, prompting speculation that he'd leveraged the aid to coerce Zelensky into opening an investigation of Biden.

"Actually last time I traveled to the United States, I stayed in NY near Central Park and I stayed at the Trump Tower", he says. "The only one person, by the way, who can put pressure on my son, who is 6 years old", he said, according to UNIAN.

Clinton called Trump "a reckless, corrupt human tornado" and "a clear and present danger to the future of the United States", accusing him of "betraying our country on a daily basis" and "undermining the more ideal union" of the United States.

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The House inquiry could lead to articles of impeachment in the House that could trigger a trial in the Senate on whether to remove Trump from office.

"The fact is that the President of the United States in breach of his constitutional responsibilities has asked a foreign government to help him in his political campaign at the expense of our national security, as well as undermining the integrity of our elections". And he and his closest allies believe that when more is known about the Biden family's involvement in Ukraine, it could damage the electoral prospects of the one candidate Trump himself has mused could peel off some his support among white working-class voters in the Midwest.

The President dragged the Attorney General into this mess. House Democrats had considered, but never moved ahead with, pursuing articles of impeachment over Trump's actions relating to Russian interference in the 2016 United States election aimed at boosting his candidacy. "We, ourselves, can help someone", Zelensky added.

As word of the whistleblower complaint slowly made its way through the White House, initial concerns about what the president said on the call quickly gave way to the same sense of defiance that has defined the administration's interactions with Congress. The House is due to vote on a similar non-binding resolution on Wednesday.

They demanded the full release of the whistleblower complaint, even as the Justice Department declared that it showed no wrongdoing and said "no further action was warranted".

"Democrats wrote to the Ukrainian government in May 2018 urging it to continue investigations into President Donald Trump's alleged collusion with Russian Federation in the 2016 presidential campaign - collusion later found NOT TO EXIST", trump argued on Twitter Wednesday morning, resorting to his usual complaint about "Presidential Harassment" and "Witchhunt".