The White House released a call transcript on Wednesday confirming Donald Trump asked his Ukrainian counterpart to probe his political rival Joe Biden — a day after Democrats seized on the explosive allegation to launch an impeachment process.
According to the transcript, Trump told Volodymyr Zelensky in the July 25 call that “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 it.
Trump was quoted as stating that ”Barack Obama’s vice president, Biden and other Western leaders pressured Ukraine to get rid of the country’s top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, because he was seen as not tough enough on corruption.
The five-page document — a summary of the call rather than a word-for-word record — was released as Trump was preparing to meet Zelensky on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Democrats, who opened formal impeachment proceedings against the president on Tuesday, are investigating whether he pressured a foreign government to look into a political opponent and if he used a $400 million aid package as leverage. There was no mention of the money in the summary.