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


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

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".

"We applaud the decision to release the whistleblower complaint as it establishes that, ultimately, the lawful whistleblower disclosure process can work", said Bakaj and I. Charles McCullough III, another lawyer for the whistleblower. Also, a spokeswoman for the director said that to her knowledge Maguire had not threatened to quit, according to the Post.

The matter is under new scrutiny following the whistleblower's mid-August complaint, which followed Trump's July 25 call with Ukraine's president.

The memo also said that Trump told Zelensky that Attorney General William Barr, the top United States law enforcement official, would reach out to him about re-opening the investigation into the Ukrainian gas company.

But the call marks the first evidence that the president personally sought to harness the power of the USA government to further a politically motivated investigation.

The connection to Attorney General William Barr marked a new and potentially more serious issue for Trump because it shows he took steps to involve the US government with a foreign country to investigate a political rival.

However, Ukraine denies that Trump pressured their president.

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Trump has previously referred to CrowdStrike as a Ukrainian company.

Lawmakers were hoping to review it before Maguire testifies before both committees on Thursday, and they have been negotiating with his agency to see it.

In response, the White House said they would release a transcript of Trump's conversation with Zelensky, Atkinson's report, and the whistleblower complaint - so long as such disclosures do not violate the law.

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

Democrats allege, though, that the phone call is just one part of a whistle-blower complaint that the White House has yet to produce.

The House is expected to debate the resolution at noon.

The controversy reached a fevered pitch last week after the Washington Post reported that Atkinson classified the whistleblower complaint as an "urgent concern", meaning it legally needed to be shared with Congress.

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