The White House released the transcript from the July phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. During the call, the presidents discuss the aid provided to Ukraine and the lack of support Ukraine receives from the European Union.
President Trump offered his sympathy for the removal of the Ukrainian prosecutor, who investigated the company of Joe Biden’s son — Hunter — and recommended looking further into the matter. At no point in the call does President Trump offer something in exchange for an investigation.
Ukraine’s president responded in the call by saying he is more than happy to help his new ally. He then called President Trump a great friend.
Below is the relevant portion of the transcript:
Trump: … I just want to let you know that’s the other thing, 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.
President Zelensky: I wanted to tell you about the prosecutor. First of all, I understand and I’m knowledgeable about the situation. Since we have won the absolute majority in our Parliament; the next prosecutor general will be 100% my person, my candidate, who will be approved, by the parliament and will start as a new prosecutor in September. He or she will look into the situation, specifically to the company that you mentioned in this issue. The issue of the investigation of the case is actually the issue of making sure to restore the honesty so we will take care of that and will work on the investigation of the case.
The president also pointed to a Breitbart News report that Democrats also reached out to Ukraine to ask officials to cooperate with an investigation against him, thus exposing their hypocrisy in the matter.
“Democrats wrote to the Ukrainian government in May 2018 urging it to continue investigations into President Donald Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia in the 2016 presidential campaign — collusion later found NOT TO EXIST.” https://t.co/wYdRmpfddk
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2019