The Trump-Ukraine call: Flattery, the troubling Biden passage - and ambiguity

The precise content of the whistleblower's complaint has not been made public.

The dramatic turn of events began on Tuesday when Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives, announced that the chamber would begin impeachment proceedings.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing, and called the impeachment inquiry "witch-hunt garbage".

Page 4, bottom paragraph: "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".

The transcript reveals that Mr Trump repeatedly pushed Mr Zelenskiy to work with his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and the USA attorney general to investigate Mr Biden.

One example in the transcript: Trump says to Zelenskiy, "I would like for you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it".

Barr attends attends an event the Robert F. Kennedy Main Justice Building
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"Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution, so if you can look into it, It sounds frightful to me".

"At no time have I considered resigning my position since assuming this role on August 16, 2019", Maguire said in his statement.

In his conversation with Zelenskiy, Trump also lauded USA support for Ukraine, adding that European countries, especially Germany, "should be doing much more". But most blamed Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer, for aggressively digging for dirt on the Bidens in Ukraine and inserting himself into official dealings with a Ukrainian official through the State Department - as well as his public statements about his efforts. Barr, a Trump appointee, first found out about the conversation several weeks after it took place, Kupec said. Trump also acknowledged this week that he held up military aid intended for the Ukrainian government in the same period.

The release of the 30-minute phone call is not a verbatim transcript. The Trump-Zelensky call is the subject of an anonymous whistleblower complaint sent to the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG). He is to testify Thursday before the House, and lawmakers are expected to have access to details of the complaint beforehand in a classified setting.

Maguire, the Post reports, "warned the White House that he was not willing to withhold information from Congress" about the whistleblower complaint, and he was essentially "serving notice that he meant to cooperate with lawmakers unless the White House moved forward with a legal case to prevent him from doing so".

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