(AP) – A rough transcript released by the White House shows President Donald Trump pressing the leader of Ukraine to “look into” Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
The July 25 phone call is now at the center of House Democrats’ impeachment probe.
Trump repeatedly prodded Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the new president of the East European nation, to work with U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer. At one point in the conversation, Trump said, “I would like for you to do us a favor.”
The initial response highlights the deep divide between the two parties: Democrats say the call amounted to a “shakedown” of a foreign leader, while Trump and the vast majority of Republicans are dismissing it as a “nothing call.”