Trump asked Ukraine president to look into Biden: call summary

As House Democrats move forward with a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, the White House Wednesday released the summary of the president’s July 25th call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy. The five page document shows that Trump repeatedly asked Zelenskiy to investigate whether former Vice President Joe Biden shut down an investigation into a company where his son worked. In the call summary, Trump tells Zelenskiy that: “The United States has been very very good to Ukraine.” Zelenskiy thanks him for his support in the area of defense, and says Ukraine is ready to buy more weapons from the US. Trump responds: “I would like you to do us a favor, though” and goes on to list investigations he’d like to see. Trump: “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 so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. … Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it… It sounds horrible to me.” Also in the call – the president mentioned that Ukrainian officials could work with his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and his attorney general, William Barr. Trump: “I will have Mr. Giuliani give you a call and I am also going to have.Attorney General Barr call and we will get to the bottom of it. I’m sure you will figure it out.” In response, on Wednesday House Judiciary Committee chairman called on Attorney General Barr to recuse himself from any probes on this very issue. House intelligence Chair Adam Schiff said he was shocked the White House would put something this damning out.

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