Justice Department Releases Memo Of Trump-Zelenskiy Call

Former U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden and incumbent U.S. Vice President Mike Pence share a moment during a mock swearing-in ceremony for U.S. Sen. Doug Jones at the Old Senate Chamber of the U.S. Capitol

Former U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden and incumbent U.S. Vice President Mike Pence share a moment during a mock swearing-in ceremony for U.S. Sen. Doug Jones at the Old Senate Chamber of the U.S. Capitol

The White House has released what a spokesperson called a "memorandum of a telephone conversation" between US President Donald Trump and President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine in response to accusations that Trump attempted to coerce Zelensky into investigating a company associated with Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joseph Biden. As a result, the statute does not require the Director to transmit the complaint to the congressional intelligence committees. The latter maintain that the complaint should be turned over to Congress.

Trump repeatedly pressed Zelenskiy to investigate Biden, according to a rough transcript summarizing the call released Wednesday. (Monday) the President admitted to asking the Ukrainian government to interfere with a political rival and threatened to withhold critical military aid to our ally if their government did not comply with his demand.

The investigation also found that the complainant had political bias in favor of an election opponent of President Trump, though that had no bearing on the DOJ decision.

The name of the rival candidate was not revealed in the opinion. A transcript of the call was released to the public.

The complaint was leaked to the media and other Democratic officials who have used it to call for the immediate impeachment of President Trump.

The DOJ has not reached such a determination.

This new row stems from a phone call between Trump and Zelensky on July 25, which was raised by a whistleblower in a formal complaint.

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The referral suggested that Trump's comments to Ukraine President Zelensky potentially violated campaign finance law, the Justice Department said.

The memo, released on September 25, reveals that Trump wanted Ukraine to work with his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and the USA attorney general, to investigate unsubstantiated allegations that Biden sought to interfere with a Ukrainian prosecutor's investigation of his son, Hunter. I would like to have the Attorney General call you or your people and I would like you to get to the bottom of it. "It sounds awful to me".

"The President has not spoken with the Attorney General about having Ukraine investigate anything relating to former Vice President Biden or his son", she said. Biden has maintained that corruption concerns prompted his intervention.

However, Ukraine being hurled into partisan U.S. politics goes back as far as Trump's lawyer, Rudi Giuliani, accusing a former Ukranian lawmaker of leaking information about ex-campaign manager for the president, Paul Manafort, for the benefit of Democrats.

"We had a ideal phone call with the president of Ukraine", Trump said. "So nice and always "no we want to work it out, we want to work it out".

The call has become a focal point of a whistleblower scandal that has now triggered a House of Representatives impeachment investigation of the President.

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