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Here's What Trump Said to Ukraine's President

White House has released a 5-page memo summarizing the call
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2019 9:27 AM CDT
Updated Sep 25, 2019 10:28 AM CDT
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A White House-released rough transcript of President Trump's July 25, 2019, telephone conversation with Ukraine's newly elected president Volodymyr Zelenskiy, released Sept. 25, 2019.   (The White House via AP)
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(Newser) – The White House on Wednesday released a five-page memo summarizing the July 25 call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The AP shies away from using the word "transcript," and the Washington Post explains that what was released "is a memorandum of a telephone conversation and is not a verbatim account of the conversation" in keeping with White House practice; it pulls from the notes and recollections of those who were in the Situation Room. You can read the document in full here, which reflects what CNBC reports was a 30-minute call. It begins with Trump congratulating the newly elected Zelensky on his "great victory" and "terrific job." Trump then goes on to bring up Rudy Giuliani, Attorney General Barr, and Joe Biden. Here's his explicit mention of Biden:

  • "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."
  • Background here: After taking the lead for the US in the country during the Obama administration, Joe Biden in 2016 called for Ukraine's general prosecutor to be booted in favor of someone more aggressive. Trump and Giuliani have claimed he was trying to stop an investigation into Burisma Group, which Hunter Biden was on the board of.
  • Zelensky replies to Trump by saying the new prosecutor he appoints "will look into the situation, specifically to the company that you mentioned in this issue."

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