The transcript of the half-hour conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Zelenskyy in July was made public today.
The conversation began with Trump congratulating Zelenskyy on his election victory before he veered into the Biden comment.
During the conversation, President Donald Trump asked President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to look into why that country’s top prosecutor apparently had ended an investigation of the business dealings of Joe Biden’s son, who served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company.
At no point did he threaten to hold up military aid.
“(Then-Vice President Joe) Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution, so if you can look into it, It sounds horrible to me,” Trump told Zelenskyy during the 30-minute July 25 phone call.
“I heard you had a prosecutor who was very good and he was shut down, which is really unfair,” Trump says on the call, according to the transcript.
Trump then says, “There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, what 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.”
Zelenskyy replies that he’s appointing a new prosecutor who will “look into the situation.”
That is the only mention about Biden in the transcript of the call. The call transcript is five pages.
The President was more concerned about influence in the 2016 election and Paul Manafort.
If the President wasn’t concerned about a potential president bribing a country, he’d be derelict in his duties. There is nothing wrong here. It’s what he should be doing. This compromises national security for Ukraine and the U.S. Do you think we should be releasing private conversations among world leaders?
Statement from White House Press Secretary: President Donald J. Trump has released a declassified, unredacted transcript of his telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy from July 25th, 2019. The transcript can be read — > https://t.co/lWvaBoifQU pic.twitter.com/ioqueaN1D3
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