• According to published reports on Friday, President Trump “repeatedly pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate Joe Biden, one of Trump’s chief political rivals, in a July phone call.”
  • The phone call led to a whistleblower filing a “complaint that has sparked a political battle between Democrats warning of a national security threat and Republicans turning it into an attack on Biden, a frontrunner in the field of Democrats seeking to challenge Trump in the 2020 presidential election.”
  • An anonymous source with knowledge of the matter said the complaint “alleged multiple acts by Trump, not just a phone call with a foreign leader.”
  • Trump, however, has “dismissed the Sept. 12 complaint from the whistleblower within the intelligence community as a partisan hit against him.”
  • According to reports, “Trump had spoken with Ukraine’s recently elected president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, less than three weeks before the complaint was filed. Trump is due to meet Zelenskiy during a United Nations gathering in New York.”
  • As of right now, “the July 25 call between the leaders is under investigation by three Democratic-led House committees, who want to know if Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani, tried to pressure the Ukrainian government into aiding Trump’s re-election campaign.”
  • On Friday, “The Wall Street Journal” reported “that Trump urged Zelenskiy about eight times during the call to work with Giuliani to investigate Biden and Biden’s son, Hunter. The Washington Post and New York Times also reported details of the call.”
  • When asked, “Trump said earlier on Friday he did not know the identity of the whistleblower nor the precise accusations but that all of his conversations with foreign leaders had been appropriate.”
  • Trump said: “It doesn’t matter what I discussed but I will say this: somebody ought to look into Joe Biden’s statement because it was disgraceful, where he talked about millions of dollars that he is not giving to a certain country unless a certain prosecutor is taken off the case. Somebody ought to look into that.”
  • Biden released a statement that said if the reports are true, it “showed the president abused his office for his own gain. Biden urged the White House to release a transcript of the call and allow Congress to hear from the whistleblower.”
  • Biden said: “Such clear-cut corruption damages and diminishes our institutions of government by making them tools of a personal political vendetta.”

Reference Links

  • Reuters: Trump pressured Ukraine president to investigate Biden: reports READ
  • USA TODAY: Joe Biden: Trump’s reported effort to get Ukraine president to investigate him ‘abhorrent’ READ
  • The Hill: Biden dismisses Trump’s Ukraine allegations: ‘The president should start to be president’ READ
  • TIME: Whistleblower: Trump ‘Urged’ Ukraine’s President to Investigate Biden’s Son READ

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